Chick Corea's first solo trio album as leader, Now He Sings, Now He Sobs, released in 1968 is one of my top 10 favorite jazz albums along with Miles Kind of Blue and Keith Jarrett's first solo leader album, Life Between The Exits Signs also released in 1968. Here is a link if interested, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000691U2
Now He Sings has been said to be one of Chick's finest trio albums and has been re-mastered and released with more songs, half standards and the rest Chick's originals. Roy Haynes drums, Mirslav Vitious acoustic bass. When the original album was released in 1968, some critics gave it bad reviews for a variety of reasons. However, the album has continually been noted as being very modern and fresh and was really way ahead of it's time, even to this day. I have tried finding the original reviews, but so far, no good finding them. I am curious though what the critics found unsatisfying in the work.
We were at Berklee in Boston in the 70's and a friend put the record on and I had never heard a trio album so full of energy, creativity, originality, pure fire. At first I was overwhelmed, because I had never heard acoustic jazz piano played like this before, with Chick's flawless technique, intense pentatonic patterns, played at very fast tempo. I had no idea what kind of scales or chords were being layed down. in fact after hearing it, I seriously questioned if I should stay in school, if you have to be that good to make it in the jazz world, I was sinking fast. But after my roommates and friends started analyzing the tunes bar by bar, slowing down passages, things became easier to understand and it wasn't so 'impossible."
I wore out 2 of the original LPs and bought the re-mastered CD which has additional songs the album didn't include.
But warning< the compositions and improvisations on the CD are played with zillions of notes, played rapidly and at a virtuosity level. But if you never heard this album and you're into jazz, check it out