Pianist Chick Corea has lived many lives as a musician, from post-bop wunderkind to free-jazz maverick to fusion explorer to chamber-jazz eminence. Jazz Night caught up with Corea during a recent gig at Scullers in Boston while he was on tour with a new trio he calls Vigilette.

Listen to the accompanying radio episode here: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/31/662519569/chick-corea-back-in-boston

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By NATE CHINEN

Pianist Chick Corea has lived many lives as a musician, from post-bop wunderkind to free-jazz maverick to fusion explorer to chamber-jazz eminence. That imprecise tally leaves out a lot in an expansive careerbut, more to the point, it creates the false impression that Corea compartmentalizes his musical output, when the truth suggests something far more holistic.

Jazz Night in America caught up with Corea during a recent gig at Scullers in Bostonjust across the river from Chelsea, Mass., where he was born and raised. He was on tour with a new trio he calls Vigilette, with Carlitos Del Puerto on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums. The set list combined songbook standards like “On Green Dolphin Street” with originals like “Rhumba Flamenco,” each number delivered with Corea’s brand of articulate flair.

A few days after the performance, Corea sat down with Christian McBrideour host, and his longtime musical collaboratorfor a collegial and far-ranging conversation. They discuss the first time Corea saw Miles Davis, an experience that changed his life, and one he recalls with absolute detail. Corea also reflects on the role of an artist: “We have a mission to go out there and be an antidote to war, and all of the dark side of what happens on Planet Earth,” he says. “We’re the ones that go in and remind people about their creativity.”

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This performance was recorded live by Antonio Oliart at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, MA, on Sept. 19, 2018.

SET LIST
00:00:10 – “On Green Dolphin Street”
00:11:06 – “Rhumba Flamenco”
00:24:55 – “Tempus Fugit”
00:46:51 – “Zyryab”
01:00:35 – “Fingerprints”

MUSICIANS
Chick Corea (Piano)
Carlitos Del Puerto (Bass)
Marcus Gilmore (Drums)

Thumbnail photography: Niki Walker/NPR

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