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.
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 career — but, 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 Boston — just 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 8220;On Green Dolphin Street8221; with originals like 8220;Rhumba Flamenco,8221; each number delivered with Corea8217;s brand of articulate flair.
A few days after the performance, Corea sat down with Christian McBride — our host, and his longtime musical collaborator — for 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: 8220;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,8221; he says. 8220;We8217;re the ones that go in and remind people about their creativity.8221;
00:00:10 8211; 8220;On Green Dolphin Street8221;
00:11:06 8211; 8220;Rhumba Flamenco8221;
00:24:55 8211; 8220;Tempus Fugit8221;
00:46:51 8211; 8220;Zyryab8221;
01:00:35 8211; 8220;Fingerprints8221;
Chick Corea (Piano)
Carlitos Del Puerto (Bass)
Marcus Gilmore (Drums)