An NEA Jazz Master, 20-time Grammy winner, prolific composer and undisputed keyboard virtuoso, Chick Corea has attained living legend status after four decades of unparalleled creativity and an artistic output that is simply staggering.
Chick Corea, piano & keyboards
Carlitos Del Puerto, bass
Charles Altura, guitar
Tim Garland, saxes, bass clarinet & flute
Marcus Gilmore, drums
Luisito Quintero, percussion
From straight ahead to avant-garde, bebop to fusion, childrenís songs to chamber music, along with some far-reaching forays into symphonic works, Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his illustrious career while maintaining a standard of excellence that is awe-inspiring. A tirelessly creative spirit, Chick continues to forge ahead, continually reinventing himself in the process.
Since embarking on a solo career in 1966, Chick has been at the forefront of jazz, both as a renowned pianist forging new ground with his acoustic jazz bands and as an innovative electric keyboardist with Return to Forever and the Elektric Band. His extensive discography boasts numerous essential albums, beginning with his 1968 classic, Now He Sings, Now He Sobs.
Chick continues to make a significant impact on the scene, as evidenced by 2007ís Grammy-winning The Enchantment (duets with banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck), 2008Ďs Grammy-winning The New Crystal Silence (duets with longstanding collaborator Gary Burton), 2009ís Returns (documenting Return to Foreverís 2008 reunion tour) and 2009ís Grammy-winning Five Peace Band Live (with John McLaughlin, Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett and Vinnie Colaiuta).
In 2012, Corea took home two Grammys, including Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, for Forever, the 2-CD set recorded on his acoustic trio tour with Return to Forever bandmates Stanley Clarke and Lenny White. The two honors were, remarkably, Coreaís 17th and 18th Grammy Awards.
Coreaís 2012 schedule continues his unbroken string of productivity, with three world tours and four new albums: the critically-acclaimed Further Explorations (with Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian); The Continents: Concerto for Jazz Quintet and Chamber Orchestra, an ambitious new classical release and a crowning achievement in his work as a master composer; the release of Return to Foreverís latest live album, The Mothership Returns; and the 2-time Grammy-winning Hot House, a transcendent new set of standards in his acclaimed duet with Gary Burton.