The first Chick Corea album to be released following the iconic keyboardist’s death earlier this year is a 2018 live recording of the Chick Corea Akoustic Band.
Chick Corea Akoustic Band LIVE is a two-CD, triple-LP set that was recorded Jan. 13, 2018, at SPC Music Hall in St. Petersburg, Fla. Corea had been working to release the concert recording before he died of a rare form of cancer in February.
The album marks the long-anticipated reunion of his beloved acoustic trio with bassist John Patitucci and drummer Dave Weckl, reunited for the first time in more than two decades.
The live recording is not only a welcome addition to Corea’s prodigious discography, but also an opportunity for fans to bid farewell to the beloved pianist with a reminder of his playful and energetic musical prowess. The trio’s playing reflects more than 30 years of collaboration between Corea’s Akoustic and Elektric Bands and presents more than two hours of inspired playing and spirited camaraderie.
“Everyone has continued to grow musically, so coming back together again after all these years … you get this other element that comes in,” Corea said in the video trailer. “You take your time a little bit more. There’s a little bit more thought that goes into the music. There’s a richness that comes into the music.”
The late keyboardist, composer and bandleader was a DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, as well as one of the most nominated artists in Grammy Awards history with 68 nods and 24 wins, in addition to four Latin Grammys.
Corea was a pioneer of jazz fusion and is widely considered to be one of the most influential and highly respected musicians of his generation. Along with Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett, Corea is frequently ranked as one of the most important pianists since Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner.
Chick Corea Akoustic Band LIVE will be released Sept. 24 via Concord Jazz. Pre-order here.