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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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Chick Corea / Stefano Bollani: Orvieto

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Though Chick Corea and Stefano Bollani hail from opposite sides of the Atlantic they're kindred spirits in many ways. Two of jazz's more prolific musicians, both have explored music in any number of settings. Both embrace the roots and traditions of jazz yet refuse to be shackled. A love of Latin melodies is also common ground, but perhaps what binds them most are their boundless curiosity and an inherent desire to be at play. Corea recorded Play (Blue Note, 1992) with Bobby McFerrin and this could be Volume 2, as playfulness royally trumps virtuosity in dialogues imbued with joy.

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Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner: Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner

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Atlantic Records issued this collection 1976, featuring two tracks each from four of the most important pianists in the post-bop era. Excepting one piece, each pianist is represented here in trio format. The Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea offerings are from their own 1966 sessions as leaders. Jarrett contributes two original compositions and is joined by drummer Paul Motian and bassist Charlie Haden in pleasurable but somewhat conservative outings. Corea brings two different lineups: Joe Chambers on drums and Steve Swallow on bass alone for the pianist's own “Tones for Joan's Bone's," while trumpeter ...

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Chick Corea / Stefano Bollani: Orvieto

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If the combination of two chordal instruments--guitar with piano, or vibraphone with guitar, say--can prove a significant challenge in improvised music, then surely the piano duo is the most demanding of all. No other instrument has a seven-and-a-quarter octave range, played with eight fingers and two thumbs, creating far greater risk of harmonic, melodic and rhythmic train wrecks. Pianist Chick Corea has been mining the vast harmonic potential of the piano duo more than most, beginning with An Evening with Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea: In Concert (Columbia, 1978), which came as something of a surprise for ...

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Chick Corea / Eddie Gomez / Paul Motian: Further Explorations

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Chick Corea / Eddie Gomez / Paul Motian Further Explorations Universal Classics and Jazz Japan 2011 Three still-living jazz icons team up on Further Explorations, an album inspired by another legend whose influence remains unequivocal, 30 years after passing away, age 51, in 1980. Gaining initial exposure as a member of Bill Evans' first trio on New Jazz Conceptions (Riverside, 1956), drummer Paul Motian left the group nearly four years before bassist Eddie Gomez would commence an eleven-year run with the pianist on At the Montreux Jazz Festival (Verve, 1968).Though the connection is less direct, ...

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Chick Corea: Creative Giant

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Virtuosity is a beautiful thing. One would somehow like to believe that anybody can learn how to play any given instrument with delicate, enchanting energy; but truth be told, some are simply born with a gift that most can only dream of. The ability to amaze others through music, enriching the hearts and widening the creative searching horizons of those who listen, with melodies and breathtaking performances, that is something extraordinary. Connections are made between musicians and the world; emotions are provoked and often explored; jazz is transformed with every single note and yet kept as pure as it always ...

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Chick Corea / Gary Burton: San Diego, USA, March 1, 2011

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Chick Corea / Gary BurtonAnthology,San Diego, CAMarch 1, 2011 Pianist Chick Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton first met in the late 1960s, as Burton was leaving, and Corea was joining saxophonist Stan Getz's band. Together, they released one of the most astonishing records of the 1970s, Crystal Silence (ECM, 1973). Since then, they have reunited several times, expanding their original concept of piano/vibes duet to a new plateau. Tuesday's concert at Anthology was the first of a two-night residency, which is somewhat unusual for the San Diego venue. The building was ...

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Chick Corea Trio at Highland Ballroom October 1, 2010

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Chick Corea TrioHighline BallroomNew York City, USAOctober 1, 2010 Well, that was unexpected. Imagine a Chick Corea trio show where the pianist is not the centerpiece of the performance. In fact, his piano plays as much rhythm as the bass and drums. A trio of equals. Then you would have some idea of what was presented at the Highline Ballroom in New York after the rain had finally subsided. Two people at my table who had never seen Corea before commented, “That was special!" And it was. But it was different, it was new, and ...

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Chick Corea / Christian McBride / Brian Blade: Ottawa, Canada, October 3, 2010

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Chick Corea Trio: Chick Corea / Christian McBride / Brian BladeDominion Chalmers ChurchOttawa, CanadaOctober 3, 2010 The last time Chick Corea came to Ottawa with a trio, it was for an informal and relatively unrehearsed show that, featuring old friends Eddie Gomez (bass) and Airto Moreira (drums), relied more on longstanding chemistry and a seemingly pulled-out-of-the-hat repertoire that felt a lot like being a fly on the wall of the pianist's living room. A 2008 appearance, at the TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival, found the veteran pianist back with the reunited Return to Forever, complete ...



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