Those 7 Times Chick Corea Went Beast Mode | bernie’s bootlegs

Thanks for checking out my video and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE for more killing jazz content!

For in-depth interviews with world-class musicians make sure to check out the podcast:

Follow me on Insta if you don’t already!

7 stunning moments of Chick Corea’s career as a virtuoso jazz pianist.

#1 – [0:00] – ‘Now He Sings Now He Sobs’ Trio –
#2 – [3:00] – Spain –
#3 – [5:59] – Trio @ Kongsberg Festival –
#4 – [9:00] – ‘I Hear a Rhapsody’ –
#5 – [11:59] – Akoustic Band Rendezvous in NY –
#6 – [14:59] – A Very Special Concert 1982 –
#7 – [17:54] – Humpty Dumpty –

Armando Anthony ‘Chick’ 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 Davis’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 ‘the most awake student he ever taught.&#8217😉

Early career
Corea started his professional career in the ’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 Joan’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.

Jazz fusion
In the late ’60s, he joined Miles Davis’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 ’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 ’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.

Later work
In the late ’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 ‘Spain’.

Don’t forget to like, share, & subscribe for more jazz videos! Your support helps to keep this channel going

***IMPORTANT*** If you are a copyright holder that would like something removed from my channel please message me on YouTube or email me directly, & I usually respond within minutes. I’m happy to take down a certain video if you simply ask – so you do not need to file a DMCA Copyright Takedown Request with YouTube. Thank you! Email:

Leave a Reply