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November 29, 2004 | By Kevin L. Carter FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 1997 | By Kevin L. Carter, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 1999 | By Karl Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2008 | By SHAUN BRADY For the Daily News
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.
SPORTS
June 23, 1990 | BOB LARAMIE / DAILY NEWS
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.
NEWS
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)"...
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November 28, 1997 | by Al Hunter Jr., Daily News Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 1990 | By Nels Nelson, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2009 | By Steve Klinge FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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July 6, 2016 | By John Timpane, STAFF WRITER
Chick Corea, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade - what a trio! - were working through Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady" at Longwood Gardens Sunday night - when something happened that suited the evening. On a night that belonged to Philly-born double bassist McBride at least as much as it did to Corea or Blade, McBride decided to take up the bow. As he began delectable explorations, urging out sinewy, singing, athletic lines, the birds struck up in the trees surrounding the Open Air Theatre.
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April 14, 2015 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
The house lights never dimmed at the Academy of Music on Saturday night, just one indication that the duo performance by Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea was going to be more informal than most. The two jazz piano giants strolled casually on stage with no fanfare, arms slung around each other's shoulders, and picked up a pair of microphones. For a moment, it seemed they were going to launch into a comedy routine or a romantic vocal duet. Instead, they engaged in a bit of light banter ("Where's Pep's?"
NEWS
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)"...
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 2012
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2011 | By BOB KARLOVITS, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Return to Forever has taken several forms in its nearly 40 years of existence, but its newest iteration probably will climb to the tops of the ratings. Opening a 32-city national tour Sunday evening at Stage AE in Pittsburgh (and coming to the Mann Music Center tomorrow), the band demonstrated range, intensity and versatility. In doing that, it made listeners forget about the interminable, 45 minutes it took a venue crew to change sets after the opener, Zappa Plays Zappa. Led by keyboardist Chick Corea, Return to Forever proved it is a band that can move from Corea classics such as "Romantic Warrior" to new songs such as violinist Jean Luc Ponty's "Renaissance.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2011
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NEWS
November 15, 2010 | By Karl Stark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pianist Danilo Perez says he hated Thelonious Monk's music when he first heard it in 1986. "This guy was playing a lot of wrong notes," Perez recalled thinking during a brief Q&A at his concert Saturday night at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater. Perez also cited a conversation with the late trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie who said, "We'd take Monk to a jam session, and no one wanted to sit in. " Like much of humanity, Perez got over that, and Saturday night's double set with bassist John Patitucci and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington paid righteous tribute.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2010 | byline w, staff
POP We're thinking this weekend's Jerry Blavat's Legends of Doo Wop, a stroll down memory lane (and Broad Street), should be named just "The Legend. And Friends. " Groups like Tommy Mara and the Crests, Eugene Pitt and the Jive Five and The Trammps are ostensibly the headliners. But in our book the real star is Blavat himself. You'd never know from gawking at the fit fella, but "The Geator with the Heater" is celebrating 50 years in the music/DJ business. From the start, the motor-mouthed Blavat was an adventurous, color-blind music devotee, sharing his excitement and making believers of listeners.
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June 26, 2009 | By Karl Stark INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's rare to see guitarist Pat Metheny play second fiddle. But the two-hour concert Wednesday night at the Keswick Theatre was largely a reunion of vibraphonist Gary Burton's quartet of the 1970s, where Metheny got his break and could see a fusion blueprint for much of his career. Metheny called it "the rough equivalent of getting to join the Beatles" in the notes of the Burton group's CD released last month, Quartet Live. Metheny, 54, who's prone to exuberant quotes like that, didn't utter a word all night.
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