Everything CHICK COREA - on Classical TV


All things Chick Corea - all on Classical TV... 







Chick Corea performs with vibraphonist and Crystal Silence album collaborator, Gary Burton

In 1972 they recorded the highly successful Crystal Silence album together - the title track, composed by Corea has gone on to become a well-known jazz standard. This programme records their first appearance as a duo for many years, which took place at the Philharmonie during the 1997 Munich Klaviersommer.


Chick Corea performs his "Children's Songs" and "Duet for Two Pianos in Three Parts"

This concert features two accomplished composers and pianists: Chick Corea playing his "Children's Songs," and the late Cypriot piano virtuoso Economou playing his "Etudes for Children," followed by Corea's Duet for "Two Pianos in Three Parts."





A Breathtaking Corea


-- contributing editor Jennifer Stevenson


Chick Corea’s stature as a contemporary jazz pianist and innovator is all the more remarkable for the breadth of his talent.


Not only is he a trail-blazing jazz musician and composer whose career of 40-something-years-and-still-counting began with him playing alongside jazz greats of the stature of Blue Mitchell, Miles Davis and Herbie Mann - he founded ground-breaking ensembles such as Return to Forever, the Elektric Band and Akoustic Band and has explored the further reaches of jazz from be-bop to avant-garde to Latin and fusion. But Corea also trained (briefly) at the Juilliard and is a notable classical pianist. The remarkable creative partnerships which have punctuated his career include legendary pairings with Herbie Hancock, and also with Friedrich Gulda.


His prolific catalogue of recordings marks him out as one of the most productive composers of the last half-century. His pieces ranges from his 1968 album Now He Sings, Now He Sobs (an acclaimed jazz classic) to children’s songs, a string quartet, a piano concerto commissioned to celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday anniversary in 2006 and an orchestration of his widely-requested signature number Spain for the London Symphony Orchestra.


In true child prodigy style, he was introduced to the piano at the age of four by his jazz trumpeter father. He took up the drums aged eight – a feeling for percussion which would trigger him in later years to take up the sticks, or reach into a piano to pluck the strings.


Around the same time he started studying classical music and developed an interest in composing. He was still in high school in Massachusetts when he formed his own jazz trio, playing gigs at a local jazz club wearing a tuxedo given to him by his father.


His musical explorations have taken him into Cuban salsa and Spanish flamenco, electric and acoustic, collaborations with the acclaimed vibraphonist Gary Burton and more recently with guitarist John McLaughlin (in a world tour with The Five Peace Band). This is fusion talent indeed.







Corea, a practicing Scientologist, has made several references to the religion in his music and, in all of his later CD notes, provided thanks to L. Ron Hubbard - with whom Corea correposponded until Hubbard died.


Chick Corea's given name is Armando Anthony Corea.


Corea enrolled in music programs at Columbia University in New York, as well as at The Juilliard School, at which he spent one month and six months, respectively, before dropping out. Corea liked New York and its music scene well enough, though.


Composer Peter Schickele, a.k.a P.D.Q. Bach, taught Corea at Juilliard, later describing Corea as "the most awake student I ever taught."


Before going solo and forming his own bands and record label, Corea garnered fame for his musical experimentation for Miles Davis' albums, though Corea originally was just a stand in for Herbie Hancock.


Corea is known to reach into his piano and pluck the strings during performances. -gasp!- Not the Bosendorfer!








Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White perform at the Hollywood Bowl


Chick Corea and Gary Burton release Crystal Silence - The ECM Recordings 1972-79, a four-CD collection


New York Times writer Nate Chinen attends a three-hour concert from The Five Piece Band, a "jazz rock juggernaut," with Chick Corea on keyboard and John McLaughlin on guitar


Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis and Roy Hargrove perform a set for Russian River Jazz Festival 








As part of All-Time Classics, we bring you "Six Degrees of Mozart" ... for Chick Corea. The great Mozart's musical, and sometimes personal, influence is pretty much everywhere imaginable. See where Corea falls in the web of Mozart:


* Corea released an album, The Mozart Sessions, featuring performances of Mozart piano works.


* Corea is a Scientologist, considered by some to be a cult; and Mozart was a Freemason, also considered by some to be a cult.


* A multi-instrumentalist, Corea plays the drums, as well as the piano; Mozart also played the violin.


* Corea is of Italian and Spanish descent; Don Giovanni, written in Italian, is about a Spanish lothario.


* Something of a child prodigy, Corea picked up piano-playing at four; Mozart was touring as a pianist at four.