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.
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell. Misty by Erroll Garner is one of my favourite tracks. My current choice of guitars are Gibson ES335 & ES175 although I only own Epiphone copies at present. I also play classical guitar and love to play jazz on them. I have recently moved to Leeds from York and hoping to meet new friends in the jazz community.