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Chick Corea Stresses Improvisation on His Latest Tour with Christian McBride and Brian Blade

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Improvisation lies at the core of jazz, and composer/pianist Chick Corea will be displaying his considerable skills on the Corea/McBride/Blade Trio tour.  A jazz supergroup, the trio consists of Corea, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Brian Blade.  Described as a “fun musical adventure,” the veteran musicians plan to take audiences on a spontaneous musical journey, working together to create daring, swinging music. 

Corea/McBride/Blade Trio

With a career spanning 40 years and 16 Grammys, Corea continues impressing audiences with his technical ability and fluidity in genres from avant garde to bebop to fusion, with some detours into children’s music and orchestral works.  Among his famous compositions includes “Spain,” which has endured as a modern jazz standard.

In 2008 Corea toured the US and Asia as part of the Five Peace Band, where he first worked with McBride and Blade.  McBride, considered one of the leading bassists of his generation, has performed with everyone from Sting to Pat Matheny to McCoy Tyner; Blade, a longtime member of the Wayne Shorter Quartet, has played drums for such greats as Herbie Hancock, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell. 

The trio will perform in smaller venues, allowing for greater intimacy and interaction among the musicians as well as the audience.  Expect superior craftsmanship and technical skill, but also be prepared for improvisations only such talented jazz artists can accomplish.

The Corea/McBride/Blade Trio will perform at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall on Friday, October 8; upcoming stops include Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center Concert Hall on October 9, and Oakland, California’s Yoshi’s from October 11-14.  For an updated tour schedule and tickets, visit Chick Corea’s website

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  • Rosemary

    Can’t wait to go on the fun musical adventure on Friday. Now I know a little more about the trio prior to the performance.

  • Rosemary

    P.S. – I love that you can click through to YouTube from the article!

  • Kit O’Toole

    Thanks, Rosie! :)

  • Joann

    Cool, but do they sing? :+)
    I’m guessing not.
    I wonder how much sound they can make with just three instruments. That would be interesting to hear. Looking forward to your review of the concert next week!