Interview: Chick Corea (Part 1) - JazzWax

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November 01, 2011


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In his autobiography, Horace Silver also cites Herman Chittison as an important early influence.

keith hedger


Thanks for this. I've always been a big Chick fan. I don't like everything he's done, but he's got a helluva batting average. I really dug the electric version of RTF....ironically my favorite piece by them is an acoustic piece 'No Mystery' from the album whose cover you feature above.
I also think the 'Light as a Feather' band was incredible, and way ahead of their time.


Mike Harris

Pity that he failed to acknowledge his debt to Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner, while he was at it.

Mike Harris

Apropos of Tyner, I remember once (back in the late '60's I think it was), having the exceptional jazz-educator John Mehegan and his wife Gay (also a pianist) over to dinner in Westport, Ct. As they arrived, I had one of Mr. Corea's recent recordings (I believe it was "Now He Sings, Now He Sobs") playing on the hi-fi, and as soon as John walked in, he said "Oh yes, McCoy!).
When I told him that it was Chick, he replied "Oh sure, he's been picking McCoy's brains a lot lately!"

jeff helgesen

One marvelous track that flies under a lot of peoples' radar is the multi-horn arrangement of "Tones for Jones Bones" that Chick recorded with Blue Mitchell's group on the album "Boss Horn".

T.K. Tortch

Never listened to much of Corea's stuff, mostly because the early 70's Fusion music never clicked with me, nor did the later, softer stuff like "Light As A Feather." So I never went out of my way to investigate him.

But that track "Matrix" is great.

Peter Hutchinson

People always talk about Chicks earlier music which is great, but he also written and performed a lot albums recently which are also really strong. eg. Ultimate Adventure, and Changes by Origin. His latest trio album is strong also. He is so different in different contexts it is extraodinary.

Arnold Jacks

Now he sings is probably my favorite Chick album. I understand that it was an impromptu recording. That the players just happened to be at the studio on different projects and just started recording. Can anyone substantiate this?

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