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Chick Corea

Chick Corea has been one of the most significant jazzmen since the '60s. Not content at any time to rest on his laurels, he has been involved in quite a few important musical projects, and his musical curiosity has never dimmed. A masterful pianist who, along with Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett, was one of the top stylists to emerge after Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner, Corea is also one of the few electric keyboardists to be quite individual and recognizable on synthesizers. In addition, he has composed several jazz standards, including "Spain," "La Fiesta," and "Windows."

Corea began playing piano when he was four and, early on, Horace Silver and Bud Powell were influences. He picked up important experience playing with the bands of Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo (1962-1963), Blue Mitchell (1964-1966), Herbie Mann, and Stan Getz. He made his recording debut as a leader with 1966's Tones for Joan's Bones, and his 1968 trio release (with Miroslav Vitous and Roy Haynes) Now He Sings, Now He Sobs is considered a classic. After a short stint with Sarah Vaughan, Corea joined Miles Davis as Herbie Hancock's gradual replacement, staying with Davis during a very important transitional period (1968-1970). He was persuaded by the trumpeter to start playing electric piano, and was on such significant albums as Filles de Kilimanjaro, In a Silent Way, B**ches Brew, and Miles Davis at the Fillmore. When he left Davis, Corea at first chose to play avant-garde acoustic jazz in Circle, a quartet with Anthony Braxton, Dave Holland, and Barry Altschul. But at the end of 1971, he changed directions again.

Leaving Circle, Corea played briefly with Stan Getz and then formed Return to Forever, which started out as a melodic Brazilian group with Stanley Clarke, Joe Farrell, Airto, and Flora Purim. Within a year, Corea (with Clarke, Bill Connors, and Lenny White) had changed Return to Forever into a pace-setting and high-powered fusion band; Al DiMeola took Connors' place in 1974. While the music was rock-oriented, it still retained the improvisations of jazz, and Corea remained quite recognizable, even under the barrage of electronics. When RTF broke up in the late '70s, Corea retained the name for some big-band dates with Clarke. During the next few years, he generally emphasized his acoustic playing and appeared in a wide variety of contexts, including separate duet tours with Gary Burton and Herbie Hancock, a quartet with Michael Brecker, trios with Miroslav Vitous and Roy Haynes, tributes to Thelonious Monk, and even some classical music.

In 1985, Chick Corea formed a new fusion group, the Elektric Band, which eventually featured bassist John Patitucci, guitarist Frank Gambale, saxophonist Eric Marienthal, and drummer Dave Weckl. To balance out his music, he formed his Akoustic Trio with Patitucci and Weckl a few years later. When Patitucci went out on his own in the early '90s, the personnel changed, but Corea continued leading stimulating groups (including a quartet with Patitucci and Bob Berg). During 1996-1997, Corea toured with an all-star quintet (including Kenny Garrett and Wallace Roney) that played modern versions of Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk compositions. He remains an important force in modern jazz, and every phase of his development has been well documented on records.

Corea began the 21st century by releasing a pair of solo piano records, Solo Piano: Originals and Solo Piano: Standards, in 2000, followed by Past, Present & Futures in 2001. Rendezvous in New York appeared in 2003, followed by To the Stars in 2004. The Ultimate Adventure was released in 2006. That same year, Corea released Super Trio with drummer Steve Gadd and bassist Christian McBride. In the spring of 2007, Corea released an unlikely but ultimately satisfying duet album with banjo master Béla Fleck entitled The Enchantment on Concord, followed by a Universal Japan-only six-disc box set called Five Trios in 2008 that showcased the pianist in a handful of different trio settings. The same year, Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton released their fourth offering together, entitled The New Crystal Silence.

The year 2008 was a busy one for Corea. He and John McLaughlin got together for the first time since they both played on Miles Davis' seminal B**ches Brew album. They pulled together a band with saxophonist Kenny Garrett, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, and bassist Christian McBride for the recording Five Peace Band: Live (with another former Miles collaborator, Herbie Hancock, guesting on "In a Silent Way/It's About That Time"). Concord re-released Return to Forever's four albums issued between 1973 and 1976 (with Corea, White, Clarke, and DiMeola) -- Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy, Where Have I Known You Before, No Mystery, and Romantic Warrior -- as a precursor for a reunion tour. This resulted in both a live album, entitled Returns, and a concert DVD. In 2009, Corea teamed with Japanese piano sensation Hiromi for Duet, followed by a live trio album entitled Forever with Clarke and White, culled from their "RTF Unplugged" tour. The two-disc set, issued by Concord in 2011, featured guest appearances by Chaka Khan, original RTF guitarist Connors, and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.

In 2012, Corea was busy from the start. He delivered a trio recording on Concord in January entitled Further Explorations; his sidemen were Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian (both members of various Evans ensembles). Corea: The Continents Concerto for Jazz Quintet and Chamber Orchestra was issued by Deutsche Grammophone in February. In September, another duet recording with Burton, Hot House, was released by Concord. In the summer of 2013, Corea debuted his new electric band with the album The Vigil. Its members included bassist Christian McBride (though Hadrien Feraud often plays with the group live), drummer Marcus Gilmore, Tim Garland on reeds and winds, and guitarist Charles Altura. The expansive three-disc Trilogy was recorded live at stops all over the world and, with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brain Blade, appeared in 2014. In 2015, Corea and Bela Fleck released the duet album, Two, compiled from over seven years of their live performances. ~ Scott Yanow & Thom Jurek
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Selected Discography


Track List: The Vigil

1. Galaxy 32 Star 4

2. Planet Chia

3. Portals To Forever

4. Royalty

5. Outside Of Space

6. Pledge For Peace

7. Legacy


Track List: Chick Corea (Priceless Jazz)

1. Trance Dance

2. Spain

3. Cool Weasel Boogie

4. Got A Match?

5. Light Years

6. Eternal Child

7. Make A Wish, Part I

8. Make A Wish, Part II

9. 99 Flavors

10. Blue Miles


Track List: Time Warp

1. One World Over (Prologue)

2. Time Warp

3. The Wish

4. Tenor Cadenza

5. Terrain

6. Arndok's Grave

7. Bass Intro To Discovery

8. Discovery

9. Piano Intro To New Life

10. New Life

11. One World Over


Track List: Expressions

1. Lush Life

2. This Nearly Was Mine

3. It Could Happen To You

4. My Ship

5. I Didn't Know What Time It Was

6. Monk's Mood

7. Oblivion

8. Pannonica (Solo Version)

9. Someone To Watch Over Me

10. Armando's Rhumba

11. Blues For Art

12. Stella By Starlight

13. I Want To Be Happy

14. Smile


Track List: Akoustic Band

1. Bessie's Blues

2. My One And Only Love

3. So In Love

4. Sophisticated Lady

5. Autumn Leaves

6. Someday My Prince Will Come

7. Morning Sprite

8. T.B.C. (Terminal Baggage Claim)

9. Circles

10. Spain


Track List: Tap Step

1. Samba L.A.

2. The Embrace

3. Tap Step

4. Magic Carpet

5. The Slide

6. Grandpa Blues

7. Flamenco


Track List: Friends

1. The One Step

2. Waltse For Dave

3. Children's Song #5

4. Samba Song

5. Friends

6. Sicily

7. Children's Song #15

8. Cappucino


Track List: My Spanish Heart

1. Love Castle

2. The Gardens

3. Day Danse

4. My Spanish Heart

5. Night Streets

6. The Hilltop

7. The Sky

8. Wind Danse

9. Armando's Rhumba

10. Prelude To El Bozo

11. El Bozo, Part I

12. El Bozo, Part II

13. El Bozo, Part III

14. Spanish Fantasy, Part I

15. Spanish Fantasy, Part II

16. Spanish Fantasy, Part III

17. Spanish Fantasy, Part IV

18. The Clouds


Track List: The Leprechaun

1. Imp's Welcome

2. Lenore

3. Reverie

4. Looking At The World

6. Soft And Gentle

7. Pixiland Rag


Track List: Where Have I Known You Before

1. Vulcan Worlds

2. Where Have I Loved You Before

3. The Shadow Of Lo

4. Where Have I Danced With You Before

5. Beyond The Seventh Galaxy (Live)

6. Earth Juice

7. Where Have I Known You Before

8. Song To The Pharoah Kings


Track List: Return To Forever

1. Return To Forever

2. Crystal Silence

3. What Game Shall We Play Today

4. Sometime Ago - La Fiesta


Track List: Now He Sings, Now He Sobs

1. Matrix

2. My One And Only Love

3. Now He Beats The Drum - Now He Stops

4. Bossa

5. Now He Sings - Now He Sobs

6. Steps - What Was

7. Fragments

8. Windows

9. Pannonica

10. Samba Yantra

11. I Don't Know

12. The Law Of Falling And Catching Up

13. Gemini


Track List: From Nothing: Solo Piano


Track List: Tones For Joan's Bones

1. Litha

2. This Is New

3. Tones For Joan's Bones

4. Straight Up And Down


Track List: Trio Music, Live In Europe

1. The Loop

2. I Hear A Rhapsody

3. Night And Day

4. Mock Up

5. Transformation

6. Hittin'it

7. Mirovisions


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Thank you so much Chick Corea! Fan since 70 somthin
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Return To Forever vaby, Nuff Said
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(SIGH) Falling Alice??? Love that piece...
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(SIGH) Falling Alice???
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The master at work!!!
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I didn't see the m
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No one also mentioned Piano Improvisatio n s , recorded on ECM. 2 albums; great stuff
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Chick Corea is musical genius!
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Some time ago "La Fiestas", is an absolute Masterpiece.
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I really wanted to like Chick, but he comes from the watch me play/doodle through all my chops kind of performace where the music is secondary.
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I'm surprised that there's no mention of Chick's My Spanish Heart. It's one of my favorite albums ever. After all these years, it still wows me every time I hear it.
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Flora & Chick @ their FINEST ��
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Chick rocks!
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Mr Spock loves VULCAN WORLDS X
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Beyond the Seventh Galaxy, short & so sweet
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Lol the lyrics to "Love Castle" are literally "lalalala". I found this amusing.
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This guy is a true artist- he b RAD
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Dont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on atleast 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works!
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You really have to be in the mood to jive with this cat...I'm in the grove tonight and dig'gin it. Play on my man.
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man I remember when the whole RETURN TO FOREVER,in the 70's,was going on,he had some SMASHING,EXP L O S I V E works with that band..people were always asking me to turn it down a bit,because it wasn't meant to be listened to...Down
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We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams, Wandering be lone sea breakers , and sitting by desolate streams. World-losers and world -forsakers, On whom the pale moon gleams: Yet we are the movers and shakers Of the world forever it seems. Arthur O'Shaughness y , 1874
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20 time Gammy Winning jazz Legend Chick Corea is a Scientologis t and he is featured on the cover of Issue No. 415 of Celebrity Magazine in an Exclusive Interview. Unless you are a Scientologis t also you won't be seeing it. However...yo u can phone (323) 960-3100 or go to email: ccint@scient o l o g y . n e t or www.celebrit y c e n t e r . o r g and I am sure arrange your copy. Sooooooooo CoooooooooL! ! ! ! DMB
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Can you feel the energy? I must be on 10 cups of coffee, 3 cans of Red Bull or on some magic mushrooms.
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Just awesome!!!!!
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Piano – Chick Corea
Bass – John Patitucci
Drums – Gary Novak
Saxophone – Bob Berg
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Seeing Chick and Bela tomorrow! Should be amazing!
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all theese guys playing in syncy like this, amazing, something happens when great minds collide

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Non-sequiter , random, discordinate , irregular, disconnected , uncomon, disjointed, unpredictabl e , unbelievable , Chick Corea. Yah!!! DMB
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Peace, tolerance, and understandin g : )
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Weird. None of the comments here are about the greatness of this record and the collection of players. Anyway...thi s is one of my favorite Chick Corea records.
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Chick must be an OTVIII by now. Very theta Code of Honor guy. DMB
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As a Brit born US citizen, my 1st girl in the late 50s-60s was from Hamburg & (typical then & now of Germans) a devoted jazz-appreci a t o r who intro'd me to many including the young Corea.I always felt that Europe -especially Germans, Brits, Swedes/Danes , Italians -& yes even the French!!-had the best most hip jazz audiences in the world --therefore I cannot even conceive that a French crowd actually booed Chick Corea off the stage once in the late 70s! Yikes!! What on EARTHwere they thinking????
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Chick Corea looks so much like Roy Haynes, its pretty easy to get them confused, plus their instruments are so similar! I started yelling out Whipping Post 1/2 through hoping Chick and Al Di would do their classic version next.
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Chick's work with Sabby? how could anyone forget? He was 4!
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Last time I checked, Chick Corea isn't Roy Haynes. Please fix the bio.
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I saw Chick back in 1987 when he still had bassist John Patatucci and drummer Dave of the most amazing musical experiences I have ever witnessed.
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To Cool......
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Envious here Laura...! Had the chance to see them here in CA but didn't make it.
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Sooo good!!!!
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Major influence in my listening. Return to forever .Great band that I got many hours of enjoyment listening to .
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what can I say a legend. Hall of Fame. Nuff said.

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What a joy it is to listen to Chick. He's given me so much pleasure and inspiration over the years. Not only a great musician but a great person.
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One thing not mentioned in the Rovi bio is that Corea was a fine classical musician and has composed and recorded some fine straight stuff.
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Just saw him and Gary Burton at a UNC concert. I can barely begin to appreciate how long you have to practice for to get that good...
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Chick Corea and I have literally crossed paths a half-dozen times, when I've been traveling. I check the local papers and there he is performing three blocks away. Seattle, SF, NY, Minneapolis, Chicago, even Durban RSA. Once, we actually ran into each other going into a club, so I introduced myself. He was very, very gracious.
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Return to Forever was a jazz group? Don't get me wrong-I love them, and the players are all great jazz artists, but if that band was a jazz group, then the Jimi Hendrix Experience is my favorite bluegrass band.
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Anybody remember the headline in the Onion?

"Chick Corea falls to Communism"

Great stuff. Seriously though, "Now he Sings, Now he Sobs" is one of my favorite trio records.
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The thing that I like about Chick Corea is that he has always managed to bring the 'sole' of jazz keeping the soul of its authenticity .
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