Three Quartets

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Three Quartets
Studio album by Chick Corea
Released July 1981
Recorded January/February 1981 at Mad Hatter Studios Los Angeles, California
Genre Post-bop, jazz rock
Length 39:03 (original album) / 61:03 (CD reissue)
Label Stretch Records
Producer Chick Corea
Chick Corea chronology
Live in Montreux
(1981)Live in Montreux1981
Three Quartets
Trio Music
(1981)Trio Music1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[2]

Three Quartets is a jazz album released in 1981 by American jazz pianist Chick Corea, in collaboration with saxophonist Michael Brecker, bassist Eddie Gómez and drummer Steve Gadd. All compositions are by Corea who wanted to create an album of quartets like the many string quartets of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Impressionist periods; however, he would use jazz instrumentation.

"Quartet No. 1" uses a 1-chord (G altered) solo vamp over a rock beat in 3/4, and a repeated theme that uses stacked fourths. The second track, "Quartet No. 2 (Part I)" is a ballad, dedicated to jazz pioneer Duke Ellington, incorporating many of the Western classical harmonies and tensions that Ellington used in much of his playing. "Quartet No. 2 (Part II)" is dedicated to jazz saxophone legend John Coltrane.

Track listing[edit]

(All compositions by Chick Corea except "Confirmation" by Charlie Parker)

  1. "Quartet No. 1" – (10:16)
  2. "Quartet No. 3" – (9:41)
  3. "Quartet No. 2" - Part I (Dedicated to Duke Ellington)" – (7:09)
  4. "Quartet No. 2" - Part II (Dedicated to John Coltrane)" – (12:01)

The CD reissue contains several tracks that were recorded during the same sessions as the original album but not released at the time. These are:

  • "Folk Song" – (5:51)
  • "Hairy Canary" – (3:43)
  • "Slippery When Wet" – (6:02)
  • "Confirmation" – (6:17)

Corea plays drums on "Confirmation" instead of Steve Gadd.


  • Chick Corea - Piano
  • Michael Brecker - Tenor saxophone
  • Eddie Gómez - Double Bass
  • Steve Gadd - drums
  • Bernie Kirsh - Recording and Mixing Engineer
  • Stephen Marcussen - Remastering
  • Sonny Mediana - Graphic Design
  • Joel Strote - Associate Executive Producer
  • Adam Zelinka - Post Producer
  • Dan Serrano - Graphic Design
  • Andy Baltimore - Creative Director
  • Andy Ruggirello - Graphic Design
  • Darryl Pitt - Photography
  • Susan Garson - Project Coordinator
  • Richard Veloso - Art Producer
  • Duncan Aldrich - Assistant Engineer

Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1981 Billboard 200 179[3]
1981 Billboard Jazz Albums 17[3]


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Three Quartets - Chick Corea | AllMusic". Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 51. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  3. ^ a b "Three Quartets - Chick Corea | Awards | AllMusic". Retrieved 27 October 2013.