Part two of Corea
's solo piano series features standard tunes. There is a preponderance of Thelonious Monk
music: "Monk's Dream," "Blue Monk," "Ask Me Now," and "'Round Midnight." Bud Powell
, another piano legend whose music Corea
has recorded and studied closely over the years, is represented by "Dusk in Sandi" and "Oblivion." The more universally familiar selections are "But Beautiful," "Thinking of You," "Yesterdays," "It Could Happen to You," "So in Love," "How Deep Is the Ocean," and "Brazil." Corea
knows this music intimately and is uniquely able to mine each selection for fresh insights and possibilities. There are few pianists alive who equal Corea
in stature and influence, and this beautiful concert recording reminds us of his continuing importance as an interpreter of jazz tradition.