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[Chick writes from Basel, Switzerland, where he’s on tour with Gary Burton.] Tonight I’m my own PR man. The concert was over-the-top tonight. The audience was unbelievably receptive. When we walked out on stage they gave the longest ovation I’ve ever gotten. Also the concert went very, very well — the piano was fantastic and…

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“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…

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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…

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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…

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”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…

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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…

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