South Florida JAZZ - 19th Anniversary Gala
"Solo piano is always invigorating and an adventure for me. Since I do so few solo concerts, I don't bother to 'prepare' much for them and so indulge myself in improvisation and exploration of my current interests. I like to try things to see what happens with the audience. Certain classic compositions are always there ready to re-explore, so my program can vary a lot night to night. But improvisation is the musical way I always enjoy the most." - Chick Corea
Everyone is familiar with the composition “Spain” and all jazz fans know the Akoustic Band, the Elektric Band, and Return to Forever, at the very least. There is scarcely another artist capable of doing in a lifetime what Chick Corea frequently does in a year – year after year. To give some perspective, there is this instructive quote from his musical contemporary and frequent collaborator, vibist Gary Burton: “This is the most versatile musician in the history of jazz. He seems equally at home playing everything from bebop to electric music, from classical and chamber music to solos, duets, trios, big band, flamenco, and tango. And whatever he is playing, you believe it to be his favorite music at that moment; he is that convincing, whatever the setting.”
In addition to being a virtuosic player and the most imitated pianist of this era, as his 16 Grammy Awards and his innumerable acolytes will attest, Chick Corea is also a prodigious composer of more than 2,000 compositions. This volume of his work is obviously variegated. The writing is formidable, but at the same time logical, coherent and aesthetic (tasteful and elegant). While there is often a recurrent theme of complex Latin rhythms evocative of his musical background and proclivities, rather than his heritage, his compositions typically are replete with provocative romanticism, lush harmonies and melodies that sometimes channel modern classical composers.
Chick Corea is a genius and no music lover should ever miss an opportunity to see him in concert and immerse oneself in the significance of the experience. It is always memorable.
Funding for South Florida JAZZ is provided in part by a grant from the Broward County Board of County