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Chick Corea / John McLaughlin: Five Peace Band Live

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From the psychedelic cover art to the expansive and innovative playing, Five Peace Band Live is a throwback to the great live albums Miles Davis made in the late-1960s-1970s, with some of the same musicians. Chick Corea and John McLaughlin actually met in 1969 during the recording sessions that would become the classic fusion albums In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew (both on Columbia). Thirty years later they play the title piece from the former on a tour in Europe. Keyboardist and fellow Miles album Herbie Hancock sits in with the band and the efforts of ...

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The Five Peace Band at The Flynn, Burlington Vermont, May 1, 2009

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The Five Peace Band Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Burlington, Vermont May 1, 2009

The whole that is The Five Peace Band certainly seems to be less than the sum of its parts, at least as they played the final concert of their extended tour at The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts on May 1. And the most memorable moments actually came from the least illustrious names in the group.

Bassist Christian McBride grabbed attention from the first deep note he played this spring evening and held it through ...

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John McLaughlin/Chick Corea: Five Peace Band, Montreal, Canada, April 28, 2009

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John McLaughlin / Chick Corea Five Peace BandSalle Wilfred-Pelletier Montreal, Canada April 28, 2009

The chance to experience the evolution of a one-time group over the course of a single tour is a rare one. Even if a live album is released, it's more often than not recorded towards the end of the tour, capturing the group at its supposed best. For legendary artists Chick Corea and John McLaughlin, however, it's no surprise to expect the unexpected. The keyboardist and guitarist have been touring with their Five Peace Band since the fall ...

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Chick Corea / John McLaughlin: Five Peace Band Live

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Superstar collaborations often look good on paper but don't pan out in reality, so it's a real pleasure to see that the pairing of two modern legends--keyboardist Chick Corea and guitarist John McLaughlin--is far more than some marketing representative's wet dream. Teaming with three younger players who add their own cachet--saxophonist Kenny Garrett, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta--Five Peace Band Live captures the group on the first leg of a nearly year-long tour, hot on the heels of Corea's much-lauded Return to Forever reunion, documented on Returns (Eagle Records, 2009). While FPB Live isn't as pedal-to-the metal fusion ...

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Five Peace Band

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Five Peace Band Paramount Theatre Denver, CO March 25, 2009

The reunion of Chick Corea and John McLaughlin—together for the first substantial time since their days with Miles Davis recording In a Silent Way(Columbia, 1969) and Bitches Brew—may be the most obvious feature of their new collaboration, Five Peace Band; but anyone hoping for a throwback would be disappointed. Corea and McLaughlin have been around the musical world dozens of times since those days, growing into influential elder statesmen, and the rest of the band members—Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, and Vinnie Colaiuta—bring their own ...



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