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The Chick Corea Elektric Band at the Metropolis Arena, Macedonia 2017

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Chick Corea Elektric Band Metropolis Arena Skopje, Macedonia July 2, 2017 At 76, keyboardist and pianist Chick Corea is still a force to be reckoned with in any way creatively. He has been one of jazz's most prolific artists who have continued an upward trajectory with a plethora of projects. Some of those have existed simultaneously shoulder to shoulder with each other regardless if they were diametrically opposed to one another. Not ...

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Chick Remembers Miles

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In celebration of Miles Davis' birthday, Chick Corea sent this note to me on the day Miles passed away (September 28, 1991). I'd like to share it with you all... Even though I played in his band for only two years, Miles has been a stable presence in my life since I began listening to him on recordings in the early '50s. Along with my father, Armando, there were two buddies I had--Joel Karp and Lenny Nelson--who used ...

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Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2017

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Cheltenham Jazz Festival Cheltenham, Gloucestershire April 26 to May 1, 2017 The Cheltenham Jazz Festival saw the jazz world descend on the Regency Spa Town of Cheltenham for six days. The festival presented a mix of established jazz acts with emerging artists, complemented by stars from the soul and blues world. It was a fine balancing act and the need to sell tickets broadened the festival's approach. Once again, Festival Director, Ian George, with ...

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Chick Corea: The Musician

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As people age, it's not uncommon to commemorate birthday milestones--specifically, those marking the passing of decades--with special celebrations, ranging from parties to vacations. In most cases, however, these festivities are private events, restricted to family and friends. Not Chick Corea. When this renowned pianist/keyboardist, composer, bandleader and guest participant in countless projects since emerging on the scene in the early '60s--Cab Calloway was his first professional hire, but was quickly eclipsed by gigging and recording with ...

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Chick Corea & Bela Fleck: Two

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The collaboration of pianist/composer Chick Corea and banjoist/composer Bela Fleck is a magnificent meeting of the minds, one as unlikely as jazz of any era is likely to see and hear. The ever-so-serious and often precious approach of the former is largely contrasted by the playful, though occasionally cute-to-a-fault latter, but the complementary nature of their playing together renders those blemishes of attitude moot precisely because, based largely in the spontaneity of the moments as captured on this set, the ...

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Chick Corea

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Pianist Chick Corea is one of the major pioneers of fusion, with his influence since the 1960s also extending to post-bop, Latin, free-form and avant-garde jazz. He is a rarity in his proficiency and distinctiveness on both piano and synthesizers, and is one of the first players to fully exploit the potential of electronic instruments. Players influencing Corea include Mozart, Beethoven, Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans and, most of all, Bud Powell. He ranks with Herbie Hancock ...

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Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock in Chicago and Carmel

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Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock Symphony Center, Chicago IL The Palladium, Carmel, IN April 17-18, 2015 Chicago and Indianapolis hosted the final leg of Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea's North American tour. Really, it was a tour nobody wanted to see come to an end. Each show was unique and individual, with a surprise appearance in Indianapolis. “You probably thought we had a set list planned," Hancock chuckled as he greeted the crowds. ...

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Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock at Zellerbach Hall

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Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock Duet Zellerbach Hall Berkeley, CA March 19, 2015 The two pianists needed no introduction. Taking the stage at Cal Performances, they turned to each other, old friends reuniting, and bantered about their various past visits to Berkeley, California. This was the fourth date in a tour which would culminate with four European engagements, but it was by no means their first onstage duet. The two first toured together as a ...

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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 ...


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