But the best-known musician in Frontiers is bass player John Patitucci, who spent almost a decade working regularly with keyboard player Chick Corea in Corea's Akoustic and Elektric bands. Even though he's released seven recordings of his own that feature everything from Brazilian and African-influenced music, and he's adept at playing both standup and six-string electric bass, Patitucci still finds himself typecast as a "jazz fusion" player because of his tenure with Corea.
"When I moved back to New York from the West Coast about four years ago," says Patitucci, "a lot of the guys on the New York scene still had a stereotype of me as that bass player who did all that fusion music with Chick. It was really kind of ironic. Out in LA, I had been working with musicians like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and even Stan Getz before I joined Chick."
Discussing Frontiers, Patitucci talks enthusiastically about the band's approach: "Tony's definitely trying to do something a little different with this band. There's a real openness in the music, and it gives all of us a chance to really move in a lot of directions. And working with John (Abercrombie) is great -- he's such an interesting musician."