Friends (Chick Corea album)

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Studio album by Chick Corea
Released 1978
Recorded 1978, Kendun Recorders Inc. Burbank, CA
Genre Jazz
Length 50:22
Label Polydor
PD-1-6160 (LP)
Producer Chick Corea
Chick Corea chronology
Secret Agent
Delphi I
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 2/5 stars[2]

Friends is an album recorded and released by Chick Corea in 1978.

The album does away with the string and horn sections of previous albums, instead focusing on a quartet with straight-ahead jazz in mind. The album cover features the Smurfs; a somewhat rare alternative cover replaces the Smurfs with porcelain animals, possibly for copyright reasons.

This album is one of three that Corea released in 1978, along with The Mad Hatter and Secret Agent. 1978 also featured the release of live albums An Evening With Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea: In Concert and RTF Live with Return to Forever.

Friends was nominated for, and received the 1979 Grammy award for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All pieces are composed by Chick Corea

Side one[edit]

  1. "The One Step" – 6:05
  2. "Waltse for Dave" – 7:32
  3. "Children's Song No. 5 – 1:15
  4. "Samba Song" – 10:00

Side two[edit]

  1. "Friends" – 9:26
  2. "Sicily" – 6:15
  3. "Children's Song #15" – 1:10
  4. "Cappucino" – 8:39


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1978 Billboard 200 86[3]
1978 Billboard Jazz Albums 4[3]


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Friends - Chick Corea | AllMusic". Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 50. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  3. ^ a b c "Friends - Chick Corea | Awards | AllMusic". Retrieved 27 October 2013.