Circulus (album)

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Studio album by Chick Corea
Released 1978
Recorded April 8 and August 19 & 21, 1970
Genre Avant-garde jazz
Length 74:28
Label Blue Note
Circle chronology
Circling In
Paris Concert

Circulus is a double LP by jazz pianist Chick Corea, featuring performances recorded in 1970 by what would become known as the group Circle, which was first released on the Blue Note label in 1978.[1]


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars stating "The music is generally quite difficult with sound explorations emphasized over melodic development, and is much closer to the direction that Braxton would explore than what Corea would be playing two years later. But open-eared listeners who enjoy avant-garde jazz will find much to savor during these fascinating performances from one of the new music's top (if short-lived) regular groups".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Chick Corea, Anthony Braxton, Dave Holland, Barry Altschul except where noted. Side One

  1. "Drone" (Corea, Holland, Altschul) - 22:25

Side Two

  1. "Quartet Piece No. 1" - 16:13

Side Three

  1. "Quartet Piece No. 2" - 17:33

Side Four

  1. "Quartet Piece No. 3" - 12:25
  2. "Percussion Piece" - 5:52
  • Recorded at A&R Studios in New York City on April 8, 1970 (Side One), August 19, 1970 (Side Four, track 2), and August 21, 1970 (Side Two, Side Three & Side Four, track 1).


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chick Corea discography, accessed January 21, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed January 21, 2011
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 50. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.