Down Beat - p.534 stars out of 5
-- "[T]wo hours of stylistically diverse but uniformly superlative music as it segues from full-band fusion fireworks to a delicate duet....A substantial jazz experience of unusual quantity and quality."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.864 stars out of 5
-- "Jointly led by ex-Miles Davis alumni, keyboard player Chick Corea and guitarist John McLaughlin -- who are in combustible form throughout -- the quintet is completed by Kenny Garrett on sax..."
Personnel: John McLaughlin (guitar, electric guitar); Chick Corea (piano, keyboards); Kenny Garrett (saxophone); Herbie Hancock (piano); Christian McBride (acoustic bass, electric bass); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums).
Audio Mixers: Buck Snow; Brian Vibberts.
Authors: Chick Corea; John McLaughlin.
Photographer: Kris Campbell.
Arranger: Chick Corea.
Though their paths crossed on the Miles Davis classic IN A SILENT WAY and on Larry Coryell's SPACES, this disc is the first actual collaboration between pianist Chick Corea and guitarist John McLaughlin. The Five Peace Band truly is a super-group, the other members being the versatile bassist Christian McBride (acoustic and electric), saxophonist Kenny Garrett (a Miles alumnus too), and fusion drumming ace Vinnie Colaiuta. LIVE features cozy, intimate Corea-McLaughlin duets, sizzling electric playing, and enchanting acoustic passages. They pay tribute to Miles with a medley of "In A Silent Way" and "It's about That Time," with yet another Miles grad Herbie Hancock guesting on keyboards. And there's even a tasty rendition of a bebop classic, Jackie McLean's "Dr. Jackle." Aside from a righteous meeting-of-the-minds, LIVE proves that fusion as a concept is not played out.