#1 8211; [0:00] 8211; 8216;Now He Sings Now He Sobs8217; Trio 8211; http://y2u.be/29WR8prMC7M
#2 8211; [3:00] 8211; Spain 8211; http://y2u.be/YgnNQlc7yjc
#3 8211; [5:59] 8211; Trio @ Kongsberg Festival 8211; http://y2u.be/XmJqkO9v78Q
#4 8211; [9:00] 8211; 8216;I Hear a Rhapsody8217; 8211; http://y2u.be/bm6bjtHw7kk
#5 8211; [11:59] 8211; Akoustic Band Rendezvous in NY 8211; http://y2u.be/aZxVLe-u-0k
#6 8211; [14:59] 8211; A Very Special Concert 1982 8211; http://y2u.be/pUFmnZqEvP8
#7 8211; [17:54] 8211; Humpty Dumpty 8211; http://y2u.be/LsEVPa4lVbQ
Armando Anthony 8216;Chick8217; Corea (born June 12, 1941) is an American jazz pianist/keyboardist and composer who is arguably best known for his work during the 1970s in the genre of jazz fusion, although his contributions to straight-ahead jazz have been tremendous. He participated in the birth of the electric fusion movement as a member of Miles Davis8217;s band in the 1960s, and in the 1970s formed Return to Forever. He continued to pursue other collaborations and explore various musical styles throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Among jazz pianists, Corea is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential to arrive after the emergence of Bill Evans (along with Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and Keith Jarrett). He is also known for promoting Scientology.
Corea was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Supervised by his father Armando, a jazz trumpet player who had led a Dixieland band in the Boston area in the 1930s and 1940s, Chick began playing the piano at the age of four and drums at eight. He became influenced at an early age by the works of bebop stars such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Horace Silver and Lester Young, as well as classical music of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and mozart and others. The latter would help spark his interest in musical composition. After several years, he started taking lessons for concert pianist Salvatore Sulo, and moved to New York where after brief visits to Columbia University and The Juilliard School he started his professional career. (Among his Juilliard teachers was Peter Schickele, who described Chick as 8216;the most awake student he ever taught.8217😉
Corea started his professional career in the 8217;60s playing with trumpeter Blue Mitchell and Latin greats such as Willie Bobo and Mongo Santamaria. His first album as a leader was Tones For Joan8217;s Bones in 1966, two years before the release of his legendary album Now He Sings, Now He Sobs, with Roy Haynes on drums, and Miroslav Vitous on bass.
In the late 8217;60s, he joined Miles Davis8217;s band and appeared on important albums such as In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew. With this band, he experimented using electric instruments, mainly the Fender Rhodes.
In the early 8217;70s, Corea took on different projects as a bandleader. In the period 1970-71, he was active in the band Circle, an avant-jazz group featuring Anthony Braxton, Dave Holland and Barry Altschul. In 1971, he founded another band, Return to Forever. On its early records, Return to Forever has a bright sound dominated by vocals, Fender Rhodes and flute. Through the 8217;70s, the band moved more in the direction of rock music. Al Di Meola joined the band in 1974, and Corea extended the use of synthesizers, particularly the Moog and Minimoog synthesizers.
In the late 8217;70s, Corea started working with vibraphonist Gary Burton, with whom he recorded several duet albums. His other bands include the Elektric Band, the Akoustic Band, and Origin.
In 1992, he started his own record label, Stretch Records.
One of his most famous compositions is 8216;Spain8217;.
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