Tones for Joan's Bones

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Tones for Joan's Bones
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Studio album by Chick Corea
Released April 1968[1]
Recorded November 30 & December 1, 1966
Studio Atlantic Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 39:54
Label Atlantic/Vortex
Producer Herbie Mann
Chick Corea chronology
Tones for Joan's Bones
Now He Sings, Now He Sobs
(1968)Now He Sings, Now He Sobs1968
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Tones for Joan's Bones is the debut album by American jazz pianist Chick Corea. It features four long tracks and was originally released in 1968 on Atlantic Records.


The album is rare in its original form, and is more commonly found in compilation with Miroslav Vitouš' album Mountain in the Clouds. Two tracks, "Tones for Joan's Bones" and "This Is New", were included on the Atlantic compilation Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner. The whole album was also released in the two-LP set Inner Space in the early 1970s. The CD reissue of Inner Space, however, omits the second and the third track due to time limitations.

The title track, "Tones for Joan's Bones", was first recorded in studio a few days before the recording date of this album, more precisely on November 17, 1966, and it was included on Blue Mitchell's Boss Horn.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Chick Corea.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Litha" 13:33
2. "This is New (Kurt Weill)" 7:37
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Tones for Joan's Bones" 6:11
2. "Straight Up and Down" 12:33



  1. ^ Billboard Apr 20, 1968
  2. ^ Todd, Jim (2011). "Tones for Joan's Bones - Chick Corea | AllMusic". Retrieved 26 June 2011.