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Ok Hong Kong, you want world class live jazz, and you’re getting it from Jazz World Live Series. This year alone Clarence Chang and his JWLS label has brought us Lisa Ono, Michael Landau, Pat Metheny, Scott Henderson, The Aristocrats, Roy Hargrove, Leszek Mozdzerand Andy Timmons (does this Clarence guy ever rest? No is the right answer here). And now he’s managed to get Chick Corea’s Elektric Band to come to our little town.
Chick Corea (born Armando Anthony “Chick” Corea in Massachusetts in 1941) grew up under the influence of his Italian and Spanish heritage and further influenced by his father who as a trumpet playing jazz musician in Boston. Chick started playing both drums and piano at the age of 8, taking classical piano lessons and playing in a drum and bugle corps in Massachusetts. His drumming interest and experience can be heard in his percussive piano style he applies at will in his accompaniment and solo work.
Fast forward 20 years to 1968 and many practice and jam sessions later, Chick Corea jumps into the piano seat to replace Herbie Hancock in Miles Davis’ band. What a step that would have been for the 27 year old Corea. Event so, by then he had already been playing with top jazz musicians such as Herbie Mann, Roy Haynes , Miroslav Vitouš and Stan Getz. You can see him in full groove with Miles here in this video where he appears completely at home and at ease pushing the envelope with post-bops finest, from 1969 in Antibes, Frances at the Juan-Les-Pins Jazz Festival including Wayne Shorter on sax, Jack DeJohnetteon drums and Dave Holland on bass https://youtu.be/1Unr1FTtNEk
Chick’s use of the Fender Rhodes was quite a departure for Miles who until then relied on the acoustic piano to complement his jazz ensembles throughout the years. You could say Chick opened up Miles’ sound as a segueway into the Bitches Brew style that was a milestone in jazz music history one year later in 1969.
“From 1968 to 1971 Corea had associations with avant garde players, and his solo style revealed a dissonant orientation. His avant garde playing can be heard on his solo works of the period, his solos in live recordings under the leadership of Miles Davis, his recordings with Circle, and his playing on Joe Farrell's Song of the Wind album on CTI Records.
In September 1968 Corea replaced Herbie Hancock in the piano chair in Davis's band and appeared on landmark albums such as Filles de Kilimanjaro, In a Silent Way, and Bitches Brew. In concert, Davis's rhythm section of Corea, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette combined elements of free jazz improvisation and rock music. Corea experimented with using electric instruments, mainly the Fender Rhodes electric piano, in the Davis band.” - Wikipedia
My first time hearing Chick Corea was with Return to Forever on the Romantic Warrior (1976) album. For me, it wasn’t the album, but an 8-track tape I ordered through the Columbia album purchase club in 1977. When I received that one in the mailbox, I unwrapped it and immediately jumped into my ’70 Ford LTD and sped over to pick up a couple of my musician friends. As soon as we were on the road, the first joint was lit, the 8-track was inserted into the sound system and we were cruising the night on the country roads around Logansport, Indiana listening to the incredible audio journey that Chick Corea (keyboads), Stanley Clarke(bass), Lenny White (drums) andAl Dimeola (guitar) laid down for us.
The sound of Return To Forever was a turning point in my musical views. I had been playing drums since I was 6 years old, influenced heavily by the pop sounds of The Beatles and more latterly by the sounds of Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five (also from Indiana). Suddenly we were listening to a cool new sound that combined modern jazz, rock and something not quite recognizable based on previous musical references. Here they are in action performing Romantic Warrior in 1976 https://youtu.be/lObVilGPjHc
Now you have a chance to see Chick Corea live right here in Hong Kong with his Elektric Band line-up featuring John Patituccion bass, Frank Gambale on guitar, Eric Marienthal on sax and Dave Wecklon drums. All brought to you by the Jazz World Live Series (see previous blog post with Mr. JWLS himself Clarence Chang).
You do not want to miss this!! Book your tickets here at http://chickcorea.pelago.events
Article by Bob Bunger, Pelago co-founder