Saturday, October 9, 2010

Chick Corea Trio at the KC's Terrace Theater

I've heard Chick Corea's name many times, and finally he made his appearance at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater with his new trio on their World Tour. I don't understand jazz as an art form very well (I'm more used to the structured development found in the so-called “classical” music than to the variation form typical of jazz) but I'd like to expand my horizons.
Chick Corea's newest trio features the 16-time Grammy-winning pianist, NEA Jazz Master, and Kennedy Center Living Jazz Legend in the company of a stellar rhythm tandem: Grammy-winning bassist Christian McBride (Sting, Pat Metheny, McCoy Tyner), one of the most outstanding talents and celebrated musicians of his generation, and drummer extraordinaire Brian Blade (Herbie Hancock, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell) a longstanding member of the Wayne Shorter Quartet.

The three initially forged an indelible chemistry as the rhythmic backbone of the Five Peace Band in 2009, when Blade took the drum chair for the band's Asian and American tours.

Their instant, easy rapport naturally stimulated the idea of yet another outlet for Corea's tireless creativity. And a new trio was born. As a trio, they'll take up the musical dialogue that started there—dynamic, deeply interactive and irrepressibly swinging.

The trio gave only two performances in Washington, D. C., both on the same night: 7:30pm and 9:30pm, and I chose to buy a ticket to the late one. Both shows had been sold out quickly. There was an excitement in the air, and the musicians didn't disappoint.

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