Before there was this obsession with jazz and hip-hop, there was a different intersection of music happening on the streets on New York, LA, and other cities around the nation. 24 hours after Jimi Hendrix played his first notes at Woodstock, Miles Davis called his musicians — Lenny White included — into the studio for what would become the ‘Bitches Brew’ sessions and that would be the beginning of a sound and approach to music that White would come to define. The marriage of these rock and jazz aesthetics brought us groups like Return to Forever, Tony Williams’ Lifetime Band, and more. Read along as we delve into the roots of this style, White impact on the history, and where he sees the music going today.
The historic Newport Jazz Festival announced some very exciting additional acts for what is sure to be another great year for the festival. Featuring Wayne Shorter’s 80th Birthday Celebration: Wayne Shorter Quartet with special guests Herbie Hancock ,Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, & Brian Blade; for starters makes this a must-attend event.
The second volume of one of the most exciting releases from the Miles Davis collection we’ve seen in the past few years drops January 29th, 2013. It features the “Third Great Quintet” of Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette.
Need some amazing music to smooth over the stress and trauma of the past week? You’re in luck! This week the Blue Note Jazz Club is hosting three nights (each with two sets) of a supergroup led by the incredible Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke featuring Ravi Coltrane on sax, Marcus Gilmore on drums, and Chalres Altura on guitar.
Cory Henry is consistently the guy in the back of the band that makes you shake and move with his infectious grooves. His style inspires viral videos of him blazing on the organ in church, performing with Snarky Puppy, and grinding in his bedroom to name only a few. Long story short, you want to see him play no matter the setting, style, instrument, or group. Cory brings it.
Gary Burton is one of the foremost innovators of the vibraphone. Moreover, his work as a soloist, duetist, band leader, band member, and educator has influenced countless generations of musicians. As he reaches the fortieth anniversary with one of his most prolific collaborations, that with Chick Corea, we asked him to look back on his career, their partnership, and the legacy he has left.
Chick Corea and Bobby McFerrin recently concluded a tour of Europe with their longstanding duet collaboration that they frequently bring together. The master pianist brings his composition and arrangement skills into the forefront as one of the most technically skilled vocalists ever matches his musical prowess. Together the two legends bring a unique sense of originality and uniqueness to the music.
Whether it’s Akoustic or Elektric, Chick Corea has consistently risen the bar in music many times over. His career boasts extended collaborations with too many historic musicians to name. Moreover compositionally, he reaches even further with many tunes considered standards by the jazz community. For all of this and more, we celebrate pianist, composer, and artist Chick Corea for leading us in innovation through many decades and changes in jazz and popular music. Happy Birthday Chick, we look forward to many more years of your influence.
Chick Corea makes the short-list of innovators of the piano and keys. His sound is unmistakable, and his influence undeniable. For all of the lucky NYC fans, he will be performing a one night only, two set, solo piano experience at the Highline Ballroom on April 5, 2012. This is a rare chance to see the man who has brought together some of the greatest musicians we know, in a stripped down, intimate setting.
Happy Birthday to one of the world’s living legends of jazz piano, composition, and arranging, Billy Childs! Born March 8, 1957, Childs earned a degree in music composition from USC under the direction of Robert Linn. Childs went on to pursue a career as a solo pianist as well as arranger for artists such as Dianne Reeves (for which they received the Grammy for ‘Best Jazz Vocal CD”) as well as Gladys Knight, Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Botti, and more. Moreover Chick Corea sought out Childs to join his label Stretch Records under which Billy recorded for a time.
Congrats to all of the winners from this past weekend’s Grammy Awards. There were many musicians involved with many of the winning projects that didn’t get as much shine. Big shout outs to Chris Dave, Pino Palladino, James Poyser, and Matt Sweeney for their work on Adele’s 21.
I think it’s just different with jazz. Once you decide you’re going to do jazz, you realize it’s going to take you your whole life to do anything original and to get to a level that’s anywhere close to Ella, or Miles or any of these people, stylistically. I think anybody who thinks they’re, like, soaking in right away, is just not going to last long in jazz. It’s a whole different mindset. I wasn’t thinking about making a record, because I didn’t have anything original to say. I just wanted to learn the standards, and that takes years of practice and jam sessions and buying real books and trying to figure out what people are doing. It’s like trying to unlock a code.
Flora Purim is a world renowned vocalist who has collaborated with legendary musicians such as Gil Evans, Stan Getz, Chick Corea Dizzy Gillespie and her husband Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira. She moved from Rio de Janeiro to New York in 1967 to flee the strict government of her country. In Brazil she had already collaborated with prolific multi instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal. He helped train her voice and encouraged to take her voice to new heights, not just singing pretty melodies but encompassing various sounds whether they were ugly or pretty.
This year Armando Anthony “Chick Corea” turns 70 years old, and for the celebration of his life, he will be playing a month long residency throughout the entirety of November at Blue Note. Once a member of Miles Davis’ band, and one of the pioneers of the so-called fusion era, which merged jazz and electric rock music, Corea, the venerable pianist and keyboardist is one of the most celebrated jazz players in history.
Hiromi Uehara, known in the music community as simply Hiromi is a world renowned concert pianist, composer, bandleader who began as a jazz virtuoso at an early age. The Japanese born musician met Chick Corea when she was only 17 years old, and was asked to play at one of his concerts. She came to the U.S. shortly after to attend Berklee where she was mentored by Ahmad Jamal and quickly scored a record deal. It is no surprise that she is now one of the most distinguished and sought after jazz pianist of her generation.
Tanglewood, in the rolling hills of Lenox, Massachusetts has been a hotbed for sophisticated and legendary concert going for decades now. A live recording of a Miles Davis performance in 1970 has just been released for free streaming on Wolfgang’s Vault, according to Jazztimes, and also features Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Airto Moriera, Keith Jarrett, and Gary Bartz.
Check out this free download of an unreleased track from Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, and Lenny White courtesy of their recent “Unplugged Tour” to promote Forever, a 2-CD set from the Return to Forever band mates.
What do you do when Chick Corea asks you to memorize an entire concerto? If you are Marcus Gilmore, NY-based drummer extraordinaire, you roll with the punches, memorize the music and use the experience to evolve as a musician. GIlmore, who has played with everyone from Nicholas Payton to Wynton Marsalis, and quickly make a [...]
It’s important to gain an understanding about the role of the electric piano and how it made its way into the jazz world in the 1960s. Although Ray Charles and Sun Ra both recorded on electric pianos in the 1950s, Zawinul was one of the first to bring the instrument to the forefront of popular music.
“Fusion” was once a sensibility for integrating music, culture, and politics, but for some, simultaneously became a succession into cultural appropriation, creative stagnation and commercialization.
Those who graduated from the Miles Davis school of thought have gone on to change the face of music in many ways, and the 1970s was the biggest proof of this. The young and open minded individuals that left his band after the seismic shock wave to the jazz world known as Bitches Brew would go on to stretch the genre to all of the corners of the universe. But it was probably Chick Corea and his group of soon to be stars that would shake things up the most.
It’s rare for an artist to constantly be at the forefront of their respective craft, but trumpeter Miles Davis always found a way to push the envelope. Between 1969 and 1970, Miles Davis single-handedly changed the face of jazz music with a series of highly electric and experimental albums. Beginning with 1969’s In a Silent Way, Davis began to incorporate a wealth of other influences into his music from the Sly and the Family Stone, to James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and even the Grateful Dead.