November 29, 2004 |
Chick Corea's new album, To the Stars, the first in a decade with his Electrik Band, is based on his devotion to the Scientology philosophy. On Friday night during the first of two sets at the sleek World Cafe Live performance space in University City, Corea brought elements of roots (in the acoustic jazz sense), rock and reggae to his sound. And, perhaps appropriately, his compositions - all but one from To the Stars - and his improvisations showed an otherworldly thrust as well as more than a little of his Spanish heart.
March 28, 1997 |
Chick Corea first heard Bud Powell's music as a child growing up in Chelsea, Mass., but he was too young to really get into the sounds. "I was, maybe, in the first grade when I first heard Bud," the pianist recalled Wednesday, speaking on a cellular phone as he was riding in a limousine from New Jersey into Manhattan. His father, Armando, was a trumpeter and bandleader, Corea explained, and he filled his home with the sounds of 78-rpm big-band and bebop records from such musicians as Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Powell.
October 8, 1999 |
For all he has accomplished, Chick Corea might be tempted to coast a little, spend more time in his Florida home and concentrate on the glitzy gigs his status attracts. Corea, 58, has earned a pass from life on the road. The pianist and composer has been at the heart of some of the most exciting moments in jazz, ranging from a stint with trumpeter Miles Davis in the late 1960s to his seminal role in the fusion supergroup Return to Forever and his more recent foray with the Elektric Band.
August 5, 2008 |
ANY TIME a group of old friends gets together, memories inevitably get rehashed and discrepancies in the varied accounts just as inevitably emerge. The same is true for members of seminal 1970s fusion supergroup Return To Forever, who have been revisiting past glories on the road together for the past two months. According to pianist and bandleader Chick Corea, plenty of diverging stories have arisen as the quartet has reminisced. Even now, new contradictions are being forged on such seemingly objective matters as the audience makeup for a tour that stops tonight at the Mann Center, with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones in the opening slot.
June 23, 1990 |
For Bobby McFerrin (left) and Chick Corea, jazz is music that makes you smile, snap your fingers and say "get down. " Last night, in the continuing Mellon Jazz Festival, vocalist McFerrin and keyboard player Corea got down for jazz fans at the Academy of Music.
February 11, 2013
Partial list of winners at Sunday's 55th annual Grammy Awards Record of the Year: "Somebody That I Used to Know" Gotye, featuring Kimbra Album of the Year: Babel Mumford & Sons Song of the Year: "We Are Young" fun., featuring Janelle Monáe Best New Artist: Fun. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Gotye, featuring Kimbra "Somebody That I Used to Know" Best Pop Solo Performance: Adele "Set Fire to the Rain (Live)"...
November 28, 1997 |
On "Centripetal Force," Terell Stafford dips his trumpet and fluegelhorn into a pool of disparate settings and comes up dripping with success. Rather than focus attention on himself, Stafford prefers to let the music and the ensemble, whether large or duet-sized, do the talking. When Stafford plays, there's no showy interference between his musical idea and what comes out of the trumpet's bell. Take his play on the standard "A Child Is Born," with guitarist Russell Malone.
March 21, 1990 |
The 5th Mellon Jazz Festival will be presented June 15 through 24 at the Academy of Music and other area venues, it was announced today by the festival organization. Six Academy galas will run from June 18 to 24 and feature such jazz headliners as Miles Davis, George Benson, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, Mel Torme, Cleo Laine, Billy Eckstine, Red Rodney, Jimmy Heath and Pat Metheny. The festival will be dedicated to a famous jazz musician with Philadelphia connections whose identity will be revealed at a news conference on April 18, along with details of the full range of festival activities, free and paid, and the participating artists.
November 9, 2012
Alan Jackson Though he came on the scene in the age of Garth, Alan Jackson has never been one for the kind of spectacle and shallowness - not to mention lack of country character - so prevalent today in country music. His own music is radio-ready, to be sure, but the Georgia native has become a superstar with a workmanlike manner that is understated but forthright, and never pandering. It's a style he has resolutely maintained for more than two decades now. As he shows on his most recent album, 2011's Thirty Miles West , his work continues to possess the kind of soul and craftsmanship that are built to last, no matter what happens to his commercial fortunes.
April 24, 2009 |
In the wrong hands, fusion homogenizes and declaws its sources, often turning rock's energetic power and jazz's technical brilliance into a tedious muddle. But it doesn't have to be that way. Restless pianist Chick Corea and fleet-fingered guitarist John McLaughlin played on the first jazz fusion albums, Miles Davis' In a Silent Way (1969) and Bitches Brew (1970), and went on to form seminal fusion bands in Corea's Return to Forever and McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra. And, their careers have been filled with adventurous musical explorations.