184

Chick Corea @ Montreal Jazz Festival

By

Sign in to view read count
Armed with a piano and percussion set, the 2002 Miles Davis Award winner opened with a song for his father and then took the packed hall on a tribute trip through much of the rest of storied musical family. "Armando's Rhumba" began with tribal thunder on the toms, but quickly switched to a playfully vibe-y piano, eventually settling into a dual-mooded conversation between the black and white keys. Turning from the personal to the universal, Corea offered the syncopated cascades of Gershwin's "Someone to Watch Over Me" and then expanded further into the embellished incremental refrains of Van Heusen¹s "It Could Happen To You" which, though harder to grasp, demonstrated Corea's insatiable desire to explore. Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady" was as its title suggested, layering classically trained changes under wisps of a honky-tonk theme that came to the fore in the easy swing of "Blue Monk." Corea continued the Monk medley with a figuring of "Monk's Dream" that pitted his own complicated rhythms against simultaneous key signatures that, though still impressive, seemed simple in comparison. Despite the lack of intimacy in the grand and nearly fully-lit hall, Corea's performance often seemed like an instance of catching him at his own piano, lost in the joy of creation and exploration and attacking the keys as if the pieces had only recently been composed, yet with the control and ease of the old master he is.

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Redwood City Salsa Festival 2017 Live Reviews Redwood City Salsa Festival 2017
by Walter Atkins
Published: October 17, 2017
Read AJAZZGO Festival in Cali, Colombia Live Reviews AJAZZGO Festival in Cali, Colombia
by Mark Holston
Published: October 13, 2017
Read CEO Experiment With Kurt Rosenwinkel at The Sugar Club Live Reviews CEO Experiment With Kurt Rosenwinkel at The Sugar Club
by Ian Patterson
Published: October 11, 2017
Read ""A Love Supreme" with Ravi Coltrane" Live Reviews "A Love Supreme" with Ravi Coltrane
by Harry S. Pariser
Published: October 6, 2017
Read "Antonio Sanchez Group at Jazz Standard" Live Reviews Antonio Sanchez Group at Jazz Standard
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 24, 2017
Read "ECM Showcase at NYC Winter Jazzfest 2017" Live Reviews ECM Showcase at NYC Winter Jazzfest 2017
by Tyran Grillo
Published: January 22, 2017
Read "Balé Folclórico de Bahia at Zellerbach Hall" Live Reviews Balé Folclórico de Bahia at Zellerbach Hall
by Harry S. Pariser
Published: March 19, 2017
Read "SLIXS At Derry International Choral Festival 2016" Live Reviews SLIXS At Derry International Choral Festival 2016
by Ian Patterson
Published: November 2, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.