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Chick Corea Trio: Trilogy

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Remember when CDs were so expensive to make that record companies would release double albums and remove a track or two, just so that it could fit on a single CD? Well, there may be many negatives about the state of the music industry today---despite this being a time when so much music is being made that, like the glory days in the 1960s/70s, it seems like anything is possible...there's just no more industry support to help any of it reach the same number of people--but one good thing is that the price of manufacturing a CD has dropped so ...

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Chick Corea: The Ultimate Adventure: You Can't Return to Forever

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The Beatles are gone. I know that. But I keep thinking if I buy just one more Paul McCartney CD, maybe the old magic will return. Maybe. But it never does. Paul McCartney is like that. You know how great he was with the Beatles. You even know how great some of his solo records were. And even though you know he'll never write another “Band on the Run," and surely he'll never write another “Sgt. Pepper," you keep hoping. Chick Corea does that to me, too. I came to jazz through ...

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Chick Corea At Town Hall

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Chick Corea Town Hall New York, NY April 10, 2014 With the coronation of rock's royalty taking place a mere six miles across town in Brooklyn at “The House That Jay Z Built" (The Barclays Center), one of jazz' princes took the stage at Manhattan's Town Hall. Chick Corea's solo piano performance was an intimate and spectacular evening comprised of stories, solo piano improvisations and his extraordinary versions of some of the best loved entries in the Great American Songbook. For those in-the-know, Chick Corea needs no introduction. He's a master musician, multiple ...

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Chick Corea: The Vigil

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While he's never come close to falling out of the spotlight, there's little denying Chick Corea's two Return to Forever reunion tours and resultant live recordings of the past half decade have been two of the keyboard star's most eagerly anticipated events, considerably raising both his visibility and viability. That The Vigil--the name of both his new group and its much-anticipated debut recording--has been garnering even greater buzz only means that there's a whole lot to live up to.The good news is this: The Vigil is certainly Corea's best electric album in decades, and one which capitalizes on ...

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Chick Corea and Gary Burton: Burlington, VT, October 19, 2012

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Chick Corea and Gary Burton with the Harlem String QuartetFlynn Center for the Performing ArtsBurlington, VTOctober 19, 2012The sound itself was absolutely sublime as it emanated from the instruments of pianist Chick Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton on October 19, 2012 at The Flynn Center in Burlington, Vermont. The ringing clarity of the notes pealing from Corea was perfectly in proportion to the warm glowing flow of sound as it arose from Burton. During those moments it mattered less if the hypnotic sonority was the result of the impromptu chemistry that the duo discovered at ...

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Chick Corea & Gary Burton: Chick Corea & Gary Burton: Hot House

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The creative connection upon which vibraphonist Gary Burton ruminates to such length, in his essay for Hot House, is evident from the first instrumental exchanges with longtime collaborator, pianist Chick Corea. Burton and Corea complete each others' thoughts throughout “Can't We Be Friends," sounding as effortless and natural--arguably more so--as the seamless improvisations that earmarked their very first recorded project together forty years ago, Crystal Silence (ECM, 1972).The symbiosis recurs throughout the ten tracks here, which span standards from pianist Bill Evans' “Time Remembered" to The Beatles' “Eleanor Rigby," where the duo merely hints at the famous tune, ...

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Chick Corea & Gary Burton: Hot House

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With a partnership lasting longer than most marriages, pianist Chick Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton know what it takes to keep things fresh. Since the release of Crystal Silence (ECM, 1973), they have toured virtually every year, but record far less frequently, with only six albums to their credit, most recently The New Crystal Silence (Concord, 2008). With the pianist especially busy these days--his The Continents: Music for Jazz Quartet & Chamber Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon, 2012) just out and a live set from his 2011 Return to Forever IV tour, The Mothership Returns (Concord, 2012), on the near horizon--anytime Corea ...



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