The Musician

The Musician

by Chick CoreaChick Corea


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Over the course of an artist's lifetime, especially one well into their fifth decade like Chick Corea, it's not uncommon to see a great musician look back and take stock of what he's done and who he's worked with, and that's exactly what Corea does on 2017's The Musician. To mark his 75th birthday in 2016, the lauded pianist played a six-week stint of shows at the Blue Note in New York city. During the event, he was joined by a bevy of guests including many longtime friends and collaborators like Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, John McLaughlin, Stanley Clarke, and others. The shows were filmed, recorded, and released in 2017 as part of The Musician three-disc album and documentary project. It's fascinating to hear Corea take this time-traveling odyssey through his career, and despite the epic nature of the six-week event, he never sounds anything less than engaged, always playing with his trademark intensity and playful spontaneity. His duets are particularly engaging; just listen to his enthralling interplay with singer Bobby McFerrin on "I've Got the World on a String" and "Spain" and you'll be captivated. Similarly compelling are his head-to-head sparrings with pianist Herbie Hancock on "Hot House," "Dolphin Dance," and "Cantaloupe Island." Elsewhere, Corea revisits one of his most popular ensembles, Return to Forever, with bassist Stanley Clarke, drummer Lenny White, and guitarist Frank Gambale. A pre-eminent fusion group, here they take an unexpected acoustic approach to several of their best-known tunes, "Captain Marvel" and "Light as a Feather." We also get a taste of Corea's trio with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Brian Blade, who deliver a nuanced version of "I Hear a Rhapsody." Other discs showcase equally compelling collaborations with luminaries like pianist Marcus Roberts and vibraphonist Gary Burton, and a reunion with his Elektrik Band featuring drummer Dave Weckl and bassist John Patitucci. We also get a thrilling homage to early Corea employer, jazz trumpet legend Miles Davis, with his From Miles band featuring trumpeter Wallace Roney, drummer Jack DeJohnette, and other Davis alum. Indeed, The Musician is a superb live document spotlighting Corea in settings that recall the best of his classic albums and proving how remarkably well both he and his music have aged.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/2017
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072026490
catalogNumber: 00041
Rank: 76854

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Armando Anthony Corea   Primary Artist
Gary Bartz   Saxophone
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Frank Gambale   Guitar
Eddie Gomez   Bass
John McLaughlin   Guitar
John Patitucci   Bass
Gary Peacock   Bass
Lenny White   Drums
Wallace Roney   Trumpet
Jorge Pardo   Flute,Saxophone
Carles Benavent   Bass
Brian Blade   Drums
Stanley Clarke   Bass
Kenny Garrett   Saxophone
Eric Marienthal   Saxophone
Dave Weckl   Drums
Niño Josele   Guitar
Jeff Ballard   Drums
Ilmar Gavilan   Violin
Paul Wiancko   Cello
Juan-Miguel Hernandez   Viola
Melissa White   Violin
Concha Buika   Vocals

Technical Credits

Tadd Dameron   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
John McLaughlin   Composer
Wayne Shorter   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Stanley Clarke   Composer
Armando Anthony Corea   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Bernie Kirsh   Engineer
Flora Purim   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
George Fragos   Composer
Dick Gasparre   Composer
Bill Rooney   Executive Producer
Gayle Moran Corea   Composer
Luis Rivas Gómez   Composer
José Torres Garzón   Composer
Andrés Molina Moles   Composer
Altisent Juan Alberto Amargos   Composer
Ramon Sanchez Gomez   Composer
Francisco Sánchez Gómez   Composer
Armando Antonio Zacone   Liner Notes
Jack Baker   Composer

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