In belated honor of fellow jazz great, Dizzy Gillepsie’s birthday, I thought I’d post a pic from a Chick Corea show a few weeks back at the Highline Ballroom. (I didn’t check my camera before I went to realize that it wasn’t working so I was only able to get a shot with my phone from the back).
The Chick Corea trio consisted of himself, Christian McBride on bass and Brian Blade on drums. I’ll be honest in saying that I don’t really follow Chick Corea. I know he’s been on albums with Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, but as a pianist I’m not too familiar with his newer music. I might even be one of those people who say they like the ‘old Chick,’ the same way others say they like the ‘old Miles’, before fusion and funk. Either way, I am smart enough to know that he is one of the last living jazz legends and worth seeing if you have the chance. He’s had such a successful career that it’s like witnessing history when you see him perform, even if the players have changed.
The band played mostly new music, which I hadn’t heard before, but really enjoyed. He saved the best for last when his wife Gayle came on stage to sing “You’re Everything.” At the time she walked on I didn’t know she was a singer, but it was obvious she was when she opened her mouth. She has a very light voice that that seemed to float on top of the instruments. It was a really good ending.