Bass Musician: “When Music Was Music”

The upcoming release of Corea, Clarke & White’s 2-CD set Forever received another shot of critical praise this week, as Bass Musician magazine called out the album’s artistry: “All throughout these CDs Corea, Clarke, and White tear it up, while the sense of a great composition is never undermined. For the record, Stanley is at his best all throughout both …

All About Jazz: Forever is “Sublime”

Listening to Corea, Clarke & White’s upcoming 2-CD set Forever, All About Jazz hears a signal jazz piano trio recording: “Trio recordings like this clearly define the division between ‘simply exceptional’ and ‘without peer.’ All three musicians so command their instruments that they exist on a performance plane defying supportive/lead roles, in favor of absolute equality.” The album—out June 7 …

Jazz Chicago: “Stellar” Set from Corea, Clarke & White

Corea, Clarke & White’s 2-CD set Forever hits the streets June 7. Here’s what Jazz Chicago had to say about it: “Corea sparkles on piano throughout, White retains his powerhouse drum propulsion, while Clarke is playing as strong as ever — adding several memorable solos and a new original number — ‘La Cancion de Sophia.’ Ponty and Connors both do …

All About Jazz: “The Impossible Is Familiar Territory”

“It seemed impossible that two human beings could play such intricately melodic material, at that speed, in unison. The impossible was, however, clearly familiar territory for Chick Corea and Gary Burton.” That’s what All About Jazz had to say about the “virtuosic fireworks” during the encore for Chick and Gary’s show earlier this month at Anthology in San Diego. The …

LA Times: Chick Gets a Little Beatlemania

Chick’s been good friends with the legendary Beatles producer George Martin since 1974, when Martin produced the Mahavishnu Orchestra’s Apocalypse, which featured Gayle Moran Corea on vocals. But as it turns out, Chick was so absorbed in jazz that he never got around to listening to the Beatles. “During that time I was so thoroughly immersed in Miles, Coltrane and …

West Australian: RTF IV’s “Rich Sound Palette”

Return to Forever IV didn’t waste time on their tour of Australia. At their first show, in Perth, they leapt full force into their signature sound. Perth’s Wester Australian was on hand to catch it. Here’s what they had to say: “It’s a no-brainer to say all five musicians are virtuosos, a fact laid bare in the finale, ‘Spain.’ Corea’s …

What Does the Name “Return to Forever” Mean?

”The poetic thought behind [that title] was that in music and in art in general, when one puts their attention on creativity, what you’re doing is returning to a very natural home ground of yourself, of the spirit, of something that everyone has in common,” Corea said. ”I’m always trying to communicate from that place and return to it. You …

“Spain” on NPR’s Top 100 Jazz Songs

One of Chick’s best-known contributions to the jazz canon, “Spain,” was just named among the top 100 jazz songs of all time by the listeners of NPR. 1,500 listeners cast ballots of their favorite tunes, and “Spain” landed at #23, right between two of Chick’s heros: Horace Silver and Miles Davis. “Spain” was first released on the 1972 album Light …

The Music Show: Chick on RTF, Gary Burton [Audio]

Chick’s heading to Australia this month with the new lineup of Return to Forever, to kick off the quintet’s world tour. Here’s Chick during his last visit Down Under, talking with The Music Show’s Andrew Ford about his history with Miles Davis, Return to Forever, and Gary Burton. Chick and Gary are touring the US and Europe starting next month, …

NY Times: “Intense, Masterly” Set with Jazz at Lincoln Center

Chick spent three nights in concert with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra last week, with a survey of Chick’s entire career as a composer. The New York Times had some kind words to say about the show on Friday: The collaborative passages were “intense and interactive, almost little stand-alone concerts themselves. Mr. Corea was masterly with …

JazzTimes: Chick and Wynton “In Perfect Synch”

JazzTimes got full backstage access for Chick’s shows with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Check out their description of this killer take on Chick’s “Wigwam.” “Wynton turned in a stellar solo here and Victor Goines offered a thoughtful, half-time soprano sax solo that gradually built to an ecstatic peak of Liebmanesque intensity as Marsalis shouted enthusiastic …

Chick Enters DownBeat Hall of Fame; Named Artist of the Year

Chick earned a spot among many of his jazz heroes this month, as the 2010 DownBeat Readers’ Poll elected him to the magazine’s Hall of Fame, and named him Artist of the Year and Electric Keyboardist of the Year. The Hall of Fame spot is rarely given to living jazz artists. 2010 has been an extraordinary year, starting with twin …