The Five Peace Band
Electro-Acoustic Alchemy with Fellow Miles Davis Alum John McLaughlin
Another monumental 2008 event was the Five Peace Band, founded with the great jazz guitarist John McLaughlin. The two are truly kindred spirits, given their individual musical histories as well as their singular virtuosity on their respective instruments. As young jazz artists, they both did stints with the legendary Miles Davis and appeared together on the groundbreaking jazz/rock/funk classic Bitches Brew. They then ventured out to form their own revolutionary bands: Chick’s RTF and John’s Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Collaborating together for the first time, Chick and John took a new musical leap, presenting highly creative music with Kenny Garrett on saxophone, Christian McBride on bass and Vinnie Colaiuta and Brian Blade on drums. On the resulting double-album Five Peace Band Live, the band offers intricate acoustic jazz, burning jazz/rock/funk, and intimate duets.
John's "Raju" and "New Blues, Old Bruise" are blues for the 21st century, and Chick's dynamic 28-minute suite "Hymn to Andromeda" is one of his most elaborate compositions to date. The album earned Chick his 16th Grammy® Award, taking home the honor for Best Jazz Instrumetal Album of 2009.
Corea, Clarke & White
Reinventing the Jazz Trio
Inspired by working with Stanley Clarke (bass) and Lenny White (drums) on the RTF tour, Chick enlisted them to form a trio for a worldwide tour in 2009. Actually, the trio is another reunion, harking back to a weeklong stint in 1973 at the heralded San Francisco jazz venue Keystone Korner, where the three developed the electric-jazz ideas that led to the development of RTF. The resulting 2-CD live album, Forever, earned two Grammy awards.
Now that we're playing together, there's a flood of creativity and inspiration that could only come from making music with this group.Chick
Return to Forever IV
Jean-Luc Ponty and Frank Gambale Complete New Lineup
The fourth iteration of Return to Forever emerged as a powerhouse quintet in 2012, featuring longtime RTF compatriots Chick, Stanley and Lenny welcoming Jean-Luc Ponty on violin and Frank Gambale on guitar for a massive world tour, exploring both the classic RTF canon and selections from the lineup's solo careers (Stanley's "School Days" and Jean-Luc's "Renaissance" were highlights).
The three-disc set The Mothership Returns catches the band live, in all its electric-acoustic glory, tearing through the setlist including "Señor Mouse," "Romantic Warrior," and "Spain."
Concerto for Jazz Quintet and Chamber Orchestra Fulfills Lifelong Ambition
Chick's originally composed his concerto The Continents in 2009, but waited until 2012 to record it the way it was meant to be: with a hand-chosen chamber orchestra, and a pristine recording space. The resulting 2-CD set is Chick's most ambitious compositional outing to date, perfectly fusing his jazz and classical sensibilities on a gorgeous suite of music.