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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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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…

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Native Australian Guitar Virtuoso Joins Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White; Violin Legend Jean-Luc Ponty Also On Board Frank Gambale, a native of Canberra and one of the most universally acclaimed guitarists in any genre, returns to his homeland in Feb. 2011 as the newest member of Return to Forever. Return to Forever, jazz-rock’s…

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