A Tribute To Chick Corea

It’s difficult to come up with anything that hasn’t already been written about Chick Corea’s passing and the mark he made not only on Jazz but on Rock and World Music as well. Whether he was performing in a trio setting with his ‘Akoustic Band’ or firing out synth leads or funky chords on the Fender Rhodes opposite Al DiMeola’s scorching guitar in Return To Forever, Chick Corea’s playing was unique, lively and beautiful.

My first exposure to Chick’s work was listening to the 1972 Return To Forever album on ECM in my college library. His latin tinged octaves on the Fender Rhodes sounded so festive over Airto Moreira’s airy drumming and Flora Purim’s haunting vocals. It was some of the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard and still is to this day.

I’d like to present as a tribute to Chick Corea, two of my favorite shows of his from my collection:

Return To Forever – Live in Gothenburg, Sweden on January 22, 1975

https://we.tl/t-3HnMkNCdzD

Here we have Return To Forever shortly after Al Dimeola was recruited and the band is positively smoking, funky and tight as hell. Fusion didn’t get much better than this. Missing their reunion shows in 2008 is one of my greatest musical regrets.

Chick Corea Akoustic Band – Live in Belgrade, Yugoslavia on October 1, 1987

https://we.tl/t-YXpQIuOiKJ

Chick joined up with Dave Weckl and John Pattitucci from his ‘Elektric Band’ for dates in 1986 and 1987 before releasing the Chick Corea Akoustic Band album in 1989. Piano trios are usually always at least easy on the ears but there’s something that always grabs me about this show when I put it on that makes me listen all the way through.

Click the links above to download these shows from WeTransfer. Unzip > Import to iTunes (or your preferred music player) > Enjoy!

4 thoughts on “A Tribute To Chick Corea”

  1. Thanks for the Chick Corea. I had the pleasure of meeting him both of the times I saw him perform (20 years apart!). The sound quality on both recordings is excellent! When I downloaded the RTF, only 2 tracks were present: Band Introductions (#2) and Acoustic Solos & Jams (#6). Is that what you uploaded. Perhaps, I have a problem with my PC. Thanks again. Don

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  2. Thanks for letting me know. The file was incomplete. I’ve replaced it and inserted new links. You can now enjoy the full show! Very cool you met Chick! Which trios/bands did you catch him with?

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  3. Many thanks for the reload! I got all of the tracks this time.

    Going through my records, I found that I have seen Chick 4 times. I am not sure if it was the 5 Peace or Electric Band that I saw him with. I believe it was the Electric band the 1st time when I met him. He had John Patitucci on Band and Dave Weckl on drums and Frank Gambale on guitar. I met him and Gambale that time. Then, I talked to both again with RTF in 2011. I really wanted to meet Stanley Clarke. I couldn’t believe how tall he was. I’ve seen him with Di Meola and Jean-Luc Ponty once.

    4/4/90 Redondo Beach, CA
    4/1/09 w/John McLaughlin opening up
    5/31/08 Return To Forever
    9/15/11 Return To Forever
    6/19/04 Rite of Strings

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