A logical next step in
light of the tremendous worldwide response to the
Elektric Band's innovative and forward-thinking
compositions, the Akoustic Band was an acoustic trio
including Chick on piano, John Patitucci on upright
bass, and Dave on drums.
During the height of the Elektric Band's early years,
Chick was encouraged by fans and promoters to form a
touring acoustic group. In the late '90s, it had been
quite some time since Chick played in a trio. The band
recorded two records - 1989's Akoustic Band and 1991's
Alive, both on GRP.
Akoustic Band was the ensemble's only studio record. A
combination of standards and original music, it brought
the Elektric Band's modern and precise executions to the
acoustic trio concept - but with plenty of chemistry and
a high degree of improvisation.