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Chick Corea Elektric Band

Chick Corea has been one of the most significant jazzmen since the '60s. Not content at any time to rest on his laurels, he has been involved in quite a few important musical projects, and his musical curiosity has never dimmed. A masterful pianist who, along with Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett, was one of the top stylists to emerge after Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner, Corea is also one of the few electric keyboardists to be quite individual and recognizable on synthesizers. In addition, he has composed several jazz standards, including "Spain," "La Fiesta," and "Windows."

Corea began playing piano when he was four and, early on, Horace Silver and Bud Powell were influences. He picked up important experience playing with the bands of Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo (1962-1963), Blue Mitchell (1964-1966), Herbie Mann, and Stan Getz. He made his recording debut as a leader with 1966's Tones for Joan's Bones, and his 1968 trio release (with Miroslav Vitous and Roy Haynes) Now He Sings, Now He Sobs is considered a classic. After a short stint with Sarah Vaughan, Corea joined Miles Davis as Herbie Hancock's gradual replacement, staying with Davis during a very important transitional period (1968-1970). He was persuaded by the trumpeter to start playing electric piano, and was on such significant albums as Filles de Kilimanjaro, In a Silent Way, B**ches Brew, and Miles Davis at the Fillmore. When he left Davis, Corea at first chose to play avant-garde acoustic jazz in Circle, a quartet with Anthony Braxton, Dave Holland, and Barry Altschul. But at the end of 1971, he changed directions again.

Leaving Circle, Corea played briefly with Stan Getz and then formed Return to Forever, which started out as a melodic Brazilian group with Stanley Clarke, Joe Farrell, Airto, and Flora Purim. Within a year, Corea (with Clarke, Bill Connors, and Lenny White) had changed Return to Forever into a pace-setting and high-powered fusion band; Al DiMeola took Connors' place in 1974. While the music was rock-oriented, it still retained the improvisations of jazz, and Corea remained quite recognizable, even under the barrage of electronics. When RTF broke up in the late '70s, Corea retained the name for some big-band dates with Clarke. During the next few years, he generally emphasized his acoustic playing and appeared in a wide variety of contexts, including separate duet tours with Gary Burton and Herbie Hancock, a quartet with Michael Brecker, trios with Miroslav Vitous and Roy Haynes, tributes to Thelonious Monk, and even some classical music.

In 1985, Chick Corea formed a new fusion group, the Elektric Band, which eventually featured bassist John Patitucci, guitarist Frank Gambale, saxophonist Eric Marienthal, and drummer Dave Weckl. To balance out his music, he formed his Akoustic Trio with Patitucci and Weckl a few years later. When Patitucci went out on his own in the early '90s, the personnel changed, but Corea continued leading stimulating groups (including a quartet with Patitucci and Bob Berg). During 1996-1997, Corea toured with an all-star quintet (including Kenny Garrett and Wallace Roney) that played modern versions of Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk compositions. He remains an important force in modern jazz, and every phase of his development has been well documented on records.

Corea began the 21st century by releasing a pair of solo piano records, Solo Piano: Originals and Solo Piano: Standards, in 2000, followed by Past, Present & Futures in 2001. Rendezvous in New York appeared in 2003, followed by To the Stars in 2004. The Ultimate Adventure was released in 2006. That same year, Corea released Super Trio with drummer Steve Gadd and bassist Christian McBride. In the spring of 2007, Corea released an unlikely but ultimately satisfying duet album with banjo master Béla Fleck entitled The Enchantment on Concord, followed by a Universal Japan-only six-disc box set called Five Trios in 2008 that showcased the pianist in a handful of different trio settings. The same year, Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton released their fourth offering together, entitled The New Crystal Silence.

The year 2008 was a busy one for Corea. He and John McLaughlin got together for the first time since they both played on Miles Davis' seminal B**ches Brew album. They pulled together a band with saxophonist Kenny Garrett, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, and bassist Christian McBride for the recording Five Peace Band: Live (with another former Miles collaborator, Herbie Hancock, guesting on "In a Silent Way/It's About That Time"). Concord re-released Return to Forever's four albums issued between 1973 and 1976 (with Corea, White, Clarke, and DiMeola) -- Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy, Where Have I Known You Before, No Mystery, and Romantic Warrior -- as a precursor for a reunion tour. This resulted in both a live album, entitled Returns, and a concert DVD. In 2009, Corea teamed with Japanese piano sensation Hiromi for Duet, followed by a live trio album entitled Forever with Clarke and White, culled from their "RTF Unplugged" tour. The two-disc set, issued by Concord in 2011, featured guest appearances by Chaka Khan, original RTF guitarist Connors, and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.

In 2012, Corea was busy from the start. He delivered a trio recording on Concord in January entitled Further Explorations; his sidemen were Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian (both members of various Evans ensembles). Corea: The Continents Concerto for Jazz Quintet and Chamber Orchestra was issued by Deutsche Grammophone in February. In September, another duet recording with Burton, Hot House, was released by Concord. In the summer of 2013, Corea debuted his new electric band with the album The Vigil. Its members include bassist Christian McBride (though Hadrien Feraud often plays with the group live), drummer Marcus Gilmore, Tim Garland on reeds and winds, and guitarist Charles Altura. ~ Scott Yanow & Thom Jurek, Rovi
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I first started listening to Chick Corea back in the late 70's when the Friends album was released, which I still have in the closet somewhere. Through all the years, and different styles, I've been blessed with hours and hours of musical bliss. Thank you Chick!
Saw the band @ the Maastricht Jazz fest in The Netherlands. They rocked !!!
I strongly disagree with you Joe Schenck but that's the great thing about music. The mountain top experience can be different for each music listener, lover, fanatic. I personally think that Herbie is the baddest piano playing Mfer since Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson and Pheninos, Newborn Jr. I do like Keith music as well as countless others like Cedar Walton, and Bobby Timmons just to name a few!
dpbass66
There is an old comment below saying that Frank Gambale is the guitarist in the Elektric Band...which is true except for the FIRST Elektric Band recording... . t h a t was Scott Henderson. (and BTW WHO CARES who the best jazz pianist....! ! ! ! Seriously guys......ca n you even compare??? Is that even valid?)
but a drunk Keith Jarret can play way better than a sober Herbie Hancock
You know reading these comments about chick being the best piano player of all time is comedy . And I would start off by saying it I love Chick Corea's music and I have listened to it for a long time he's a very good piano player even great but I've seen him in concert I've seen Herbie Hancock in concert as well and on a drunk night is better than Chick Corea I'm sorry. Herbie played in some of the most important bands in groundbreaki n g bands of all time he played with Miles in his most groundbr
Does anyone out there remember a RTF concert at the music center in LA circa 1977 that featured all variations on the RTF theme? Opened with Chick,Stanle y , A i r t o , Flora&Joe Farrell. Ended with RTF big band (Gayle Moran, vocals) . Encore with everybody on stage. BEST JAZZ CONCERT EVER? If you remember, please comment. I think it was a benefit
Whichever album you like best, Chick Corea is the best jazz pianist who ever lived..
saleshenry
An important fact that should also be mentioned here is that Chick Corea deserves serious consideratio n as one of the most important and innovative American composers in music for the 20th Century and today...
mattydsaxolo g i s t
Definitely should list band members... Lets not forget Eric Marienthal on sax!
lorilowe420
i agree with listing the players who play with the main artist. Alot of you probably dont know but that is Frank Gambale on guitar and Dave Weckl on drums in the Elektric Band..two ridiculously talented guys in their own right...so now you know.
I've been listening to Chick since the early seventies, and he never ceases to surprise me. He's my favorite keyboard player. Period. No one can touch him for sheer inventive compositiona l and performative genius. No one. I worship at this man's altar, and yet he's humble, a kind and generous human being from all I've heard, yet he's been touched by the jazz gods.
geodmail
Chick, without a doubt is an improvosatio n a l genious.
Please don't exclud his masteful work with Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Roy Haynes, Dave Holland. Live Minds Is the Bomb....
Chick is has always been on of my favorites musicians,I still got the original electrik band t-shirt.
dpbass66
I agree with Bill Ferri about listing band members in the jazz category. Jazz listeners are just as concerned with who else is in the band (beside the leader). I am tired of flipping to Google to search a particular recording to find the personnel!
Delightful Music! Chick is a music genius
I think it's easy for boppers to write this kind of music off, but man! There is some headdy playing going on here. Definitely a band I want to listen to more.
What an amazing player! The first time I saw him was with The Elektric Band and the last time was in Chicago when Return To Forever" Retturned"
Would have to agree with billbass79, great to see the list of the players for the Fusion bands.
dominick45
Saw Chick do his Paint the world tour. It was stunning!! Gary Novak on drums was unbelievable . True story; they were late to play because they went to the wrong venue fortunately we benefited from it because he played for 3 hours straight as penance.
Pandora needs to add the personnel up front, of all the JAZZ/FUSION Musicians on whatever album you are listening to. WHILE YOU ARE LISTENING TO IT! Not just, "Chick Corea" ELECTRIC BAND. It is essential that this is done.
chick is the s**t
godzilla_196 4
COOL WEASEL BOOGIE
THE DRAGON
THE WAVE

I think Chick learned from Miles how to assemble great young lions around him. His electric band members are all tight musicians. As a wannabe bass player you gotta love John Patatucci on the bass.
jwkarsten
Mad Hatter was my intro to Chick in 1977(?) To me it was brain-bendin g and mind-expandi n g l y inventive with its text and concepts.
adonisphx
Chick is one of my favorite musicians.
just a pipe dream, but it would be interesting to see what would happen if you sat Chick Corea, Jordan Rudess, Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten (although if Jaco was alive I'd ad him to the mix as well) and Dave Weckl & Terry Bozzio in the same studio together just to see what they could come up with -
There will be only one Chick Corea. He is an amazing musician.
he is the man!!
Personally, I think the Return to Forever days were the best.
geman
Who is going to outkeyboard Chick? They are dead now. Mozart, and Company
mountdwayne
awsome
gregorymaddo x x 1 : don't be curious, be safe. 'To the Stars' is an example of the influence and by previewing it, I think you'll see how bad it is.
Awesome musician whose piano/keyboa r d playing is only equaled by his writing, arranging and band leading capabilities . I'm very curious about how Scientology affects his musicianship .
BENEATH THE MASK WAS A GOOD ONE TO ME BUT WHO IS GOING TO OUT KEYBOARD CHICK?
You have negelected to list their 2nd album which I feel contains a couple of the band's better tunes.

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