This month, I will attempt to serve up a Chick Corea “jazz sandwich”, with thinly sliced commentary “bread” and a healthy portion of musical “meat” (or assorted vegetables for those so inclined) and tasty condiments.
Armando Anthony “Chick” Corea is one of my favorite jazz pianists, keyboardists and composers. Many of his compositions are considered jazz standards. As a member of trumpet legend Miles Davis’ band in the 1960’s, he was a key ingredient in the birth of the electric jazz fusion movement. In the 1970’s, he went on to form Return to Forever (Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Al Di Meola and Lenny White), who in this writer’s humble opinion, is the greatest band ever assembled! Along with Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and Keith Jarrett, he has been described as one of the major jazz piano voices to emerge in the post-John Coltrane era.
Let’s stuff our mouths, shall we?
(One of my favorite RTF tunes. As you can imagine, not a popular cover band favorite!)
(Another favorite! These guys are all virtuosos-period!)
Here is The Chick Corea Elektric Band (Chick Corea (keys), John Patitucci (bass), Dave Weckl (drums) and Scott Henderson (guitar) with chops on full display:
There you have it. Hopefully, you enjoyed every morsel and are licking your plate clean! Whether it’s jazz, fusion, rock, funk or classical, Chick Corea is a master chef and can serve it any way you want it!