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Chick Corea — The Vigil (2013)

 Chick Corea — The Vigil (2013)

Chick Corea — The Vigil
→  “His career is among the most kaleidoscopic in jazz.” — The New York Times
→  “Chick Corea’s piano is so full of technical and conceptual innovations that one is caught between a feeling of wonderment and the gnawing question, ‘I wonder how he does all those things?’” — Rolling Stone
→  An NEA Jazz Master, 18-time Grammy winner, prolific composer and undisputed keyboard virtuoso, Chick Corea has attained living legend status after four decades of unparalleled creativity and an artistic output that is simply staggering.
→  From straight ahead to avant-garde, bebop to fusion, children’s songs to chamber music, along with some far-reaching forays into symphonic works, Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his illustrious career while maintaining a standard of excellence that is awe-inspiring. A tirelessly creative spirit, Chick continues to forge ahead, continually reinventing himself in the process.
Birth name: Armando Anthony Corea
Born: June 12, 1941, Chelsea, Massachusetts
Album release: August 6 & 13, 2013
Record Label: Concord Jazz/Universal Japan/Stretch Records
Duration:     77:30
Tracks:
01 – Galaxy 32 Star 4     8:21
02 – Planet Chia     11:07
03 – Portals To Forever     16:05
04 – Royalty     9:20
05 – Outside Of Space     5:01
06 – Pledge For Peace     17:36
07 – Legacy     10:00
Website: http://chickcorea.com/vigil
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chickcorea
→  People, get ready.
→  Music master Chick Corea reinvents himself — again. With all new music — and an all new band. Plus, fresh arrangements of Corea Classics. From sublime acoustic to brilliant electric.
Featuring:
→  the bass phenom, Christian McBride. (only this concert) 
→  Creative force Marcus Gilmore on drums (carrying on the lineage of jazz from his grandfather, Roy Haynes).
→  Saxes, flute, bass clarinet and innovation from Tim Garland.
→  And a rising-sun (although from the west coast), guitarist Charles Altura.
→  Stay vigilant. Keep a watchful eye for the new CD and tour. 2013.
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Innovator and Pioneer
→  Since embarking on a solo career in 1966, Chick has been at the forefront of jazz, both as a renowned pianist forging new ground with his acoustic jazz bands and as an innovative electric keyboardist with Return to Forever and the Elektric Band. His extensive discography boasts numerous essential albums, beginning with his 1968 classic, Now He Sings, Now He Sobs.
Recent Projects
→  Chick continues to make a significant impact on the scene, as evidenced by 2007′s Grammy-winning The Enchantment (duets with banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck), 2008′s Grammy-winning The New Crystal Silence (duets with longstanding collaborator Gary Burton), 2009′s Returns (documenting Return to Forever’s 2008 reunion tour) and 2009′s Grammy-winning Five Peace Band Live (with John McLaughlin, Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett and Vinnie Colaiuta).
→  In 2012, Corea took home two Grammys, including Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, for Forever, the 2-CD set recorded on his acoustic trio tour with Return to Forever bandmates Stanley Clarke and Lenny White. The two honors were, remarkably, Corea’s 17th and 18th Grammy Awards.
→  Corea’s 2012 schedule continues his unbroken string of productivity, with three world tours and four new albums: the critically-acclaimed Further Explorations (with Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian); The Continents: Concerto for Jazz Quintet and Chamber Orchestra, an ambitious new classical release and a crowning achievement in his work as a master composer; Hot House, a transcendent new set of standards in his Grammy-winning duet with Gary Burton; and the release of Return to Forever’s latest live album, The Mothership Returns.
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:::  Charles Altura is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. After graduating from Stanford University, he quickly made a name for himself as an important new voice on guitar. He has performed and/or recorded with Chick Corea, Tigran Hamasyan, Stanley Clarke (including the 2011 Grammy award-winning album The Stanley Clarke Band), Ambrose Akinmusire, Aaron Parks, Dayna Stephens, Ravi Coltrane, and Arturo Sandoval, among others. Altura also performs original music with his own band and will release a debut record in 2013.
:::  Grammy-nominated artist Marcus Gilmore was inspired by the music of his grandfather, legendary drummer Roy Haynes, who gave him his first instrument at the age of 10. Already one of New York’s most in-demand drummers at age 25, he has recorded and performed extensively internationally with some of today’s best known contemporary artists, including Chick Corea, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Vijay Iyer, Natalie Cole, Nicholas Payton, Cassandra Wilson, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Ravi Coltrane, Terence Blanchard, Roy Hargrove, Raul Midon etc.  He has also been repeatedly featured in world-renowned publications such as The New York Times, DownBeat Magazine and Modern Drummer.
:::  Londoner Tim Garland has had an international career for many years now, touring with the likes of Joe Locke/Geoffrey Keezer (as “Storms/Nocturnes”), Bill Bruford, the globe-trotting trio Lighthouse, (for which he won a BBC award in 2006) and has continued playing and recording with Chick Corea since joining Origin in 2000.  He won a Grammy for his part (orchestrations) in the creation of Chick’s The New Crystal Silence CD and is well known as a composer, having fulfilled commissions for the LSO, CBSO, Northern Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra and others, including NYJO, that featured his new big band commission in a televised Albert Hall Prom in the summer of 2012.  He first entered the jazz scene playing alongside Ronnie Scott in a “two tenor” quintet, before quickly establishing himself as a leader, drawing on influences from around the world including classical and flamenco. His bass clarinet playing is a unique and dazzling addition to his saxophone soloing.
→  His latest CD from the group Lighthouse on ACT has gained its place in the top CDs of 2012 in Jazzwise and Mojo magazines.
:::  Hadrien Feraud was born into a family of musicians. His first guitar lessons were from his father when he was eight years old. Feraud was originally more interested in playing the drums. Only after listening to the CD The Birthday Concert by Jaco Pastorius, a present from his dad at the age of 12, did he apply himself to studying the electric bass on his own. Deeply fascinated and motivated by Jaco’s entire musical output, he became one of the youngest bass virtuosos to come out of France in 10 years.  He expanded his musical universe through occasional collaborations and listening/studying the tunes of many other bassists and musicians, such as Christian McBride, Victor Bailey, Anthony Jackson, Sverrisson, Gary Willis, Matthew Garrison, Richard Bona and Linley Marthe. The complete musical work of Jaco Pastorius, including his work with Weather Report, has been and is still his main source of inspiration.
→  In 2007 he took part in Chick Corea’s Five Trios project, with Corea and Richie Barshay on the Brooklyn, Paris to Clearwater. After that he went on tour in North America and Canada. A European tour followed in 2008, as a member of John McLaughlin and the 4th dimension (with Gary Husband on keys and Mark Mondesir on drums). In 2008, Feraud played on, arranged and produced Bireli Lagrene’s album Electric Side, and followed that by recording with Jean-Luc Ponty and the Paco Sery Band.
→  In September 2009, Feraud and Ken Smith announced the creation of the Hadrien Feraud Signature Burner, to be made in Japan by Hajime Hirose and SleekElite, under the direction of Ken Smith.
Fortaken: http://thecenterforthearts.org/chick-corea-the-vigil/
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REVIEW
John Fordham
→  The Guardian, Wednesday 6 March 2013 18.07 GMT
Score: ***
→  "You turned up to our rehearsal," Chick Corea told the Ronnie Scott's audience – more than once – on the debut performance of his quintet, the Vigil. Quite whether the fans who had paid upward of £60 each welcomed the news was a fine point. There were passages in which the boss looked unhappy with the logistics, and the band (two Americans, two Frenchmen and a Brit) operated as if they were a football team getting to know each other after the transfer window had closed. But the piano star, at a sprightly 71, was boldly acknowledging a fact of jazz – that the best of it is always a work in progress.
→  The set took off with bebop composer Tadd Dameron's Hot House – transformed in Corea's arrangement by an asymmetrically swaying Latin pulse from superb drummer Marcus Gilmore, and boldly shifted accents in the melody. Early ensemble hesitancies were despatched by British saxophonist Tim Garland, who took the piece by the scruff of the neck in a tenor-sax solo that swept the register from rugged low tones through an expressively quivery mid-range, to upper split-note wails. Royalty, a Corea theme of abrupt rhythmic shifts and exclamation-mark accents, displayed the virtuosity of the Jaco Pastorius-influenced bassist Hadrien Feraud and harmonically fluent guitarist Charles Altura, though both young sidemen sounded transfixed by the effort of steering through the chords. Pledge for Peace, a disguised waltz, sparked Corea into a vintage acoustic solo of sleekly swinging runs – and the following Galaxy found him cutting loose on the synthesiser over Gilmore's dramatic drumming.
→  The show wound up on a jaggedly rejigged account of Corea's famous theme Spain, and the soloists swapped improv phrases with unselfconscious relish. It had been a while coming, but it didn't sound like a rehearsal then.
Fortaken: http://www.guardian.co.uk/
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Also:
By Richard Scheinin
::  rscheinin@mercurynews.com
Updated:   04/25/2013 12:04:23 PM PDT
::  http://www.mercurynews.com/music/ci_23106374/review-chick-coreas-vigil-makes-area-debut
By Sebastian Scotney; On Thursday, March 07, 2013
::  http://www.londonjazznews.com/2013/03/review-chick-coreas-vigil-at-ronnie.html
Official discography: http://www.chickcorea.com/discography.html
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REVIEW
In czech:
→  Koncert Chicka Corey & The Vigil jak ho viděl Martin Zeman
→  11. březen 2013, 12:34
Autor:  Milan Tesař
→  „Diváci přijdou na koncert, aby vnímali naši hudbu. Snažím se s nimi zacházet tak, jak bych byl rád, aby se zacházelo se mnou. S respektem ke vkusu a vnímání každého jednotlivého posluchače. Je pro mne samozřejmé, že když jim stálo za to přijít na náš koncert, měl bych se pokusit nabídnout jim něco opravdu krásného.“ To prohlásil americký pianista, hráč na elektrické klávesové nástroje a skladatel Chick Corea v nedávném e-mailovém rozhovoru pro časopis Harmonie. Na koncertě, který se konal v brněnském Boby centru 10. března 2013 v rámci festivalu JazzFestBrno, dostál svým slovům. Hudba, kterou dvacetinásobný držitel Grammy se svou novou kapelou The Vigil nabídl, byla opravdu krásná. Krásná samozřejmě neznamená dokonalá, avšak drobné problémy se zvukem zejména na začátku večera a komunikační prostoje mezi skladbami nakonec umocnily zážitek z koncertu jako celku.
→  Spojení Coreova rozsáhlého repertoáru a nové kapely, složené převážně z mladších muzikantů (basista Hadrien Feraud má o 43 let méně než kapelník), nabízelo spoustu různých řešení, co se výběru repertoáru týče. Nakonec tvořily většinu vystoupení nové skladby, z nichž ovšem například Planet Chia – dle dostupných záznamů na internetu – Corea hrál s jinými formacemi už v roce 2011. Během hlavní, více než hodinové, části koncertu zaznělo pouhých pět skladeb. Jako první ze dvou přídavků publikum potěšila Spain, dlouhodobě asi nejoblíbenější Coreova kompozice, skladba, kterou si fanoušci podle internetového hlasování na tomto turné nejvíce přáli slyšet.
→  Pětičlenná sestava skupiny The Vigil se podobá pozdní fázi Coreovy formace Return To Forever a podobně jako ona hraje především fusion. Zdaleka to však neznamená, že by kapelník stál či seděl po celou dobu za elektrickými klávesami. Zvláště v počátku večera hrál na klasické piano, už zmíněnou Planet Chia uvedl romantizujícím sólem a akustickou hru s elektrickou začal střídat až po dobré půlhodině vystoupení. Hned v první skladbě na sebe slavný pianista upozornil především výrazně rytmickou hrou. Téměř jsem si říkal, že příliš dunící basa a jakoby rozmazaný zvuk bicích v úvodu koncertu mají za úkol podpořit zvonivě jasné tóny piana, které v tomto případě načrtávaly rytmickou strukturu skladby. Výrazných sól Hadriena Ferauda i bubeníka Marcuse Gilmora se však nadšené publikum dočkalo ve třetí skladbě Legacy i v dalších momentech gradujícího koncertu.
→  Přestože kamera zabírala a na plátna po boku pódia velmi často promítala kytaristu Charlese Alturu s basistou Feraudem, hrající bok po boku, zajímavější bylo sledovat a srovnávat Alturu se saxofonistou Timem Garlandem. Zatímco první z nich působil po většinu koncertu distingovaným dojmem, pohyboval se minimálně a jakoby ležérně přecházel od pouhého melodického dobarvování k výrazným sólům, Garland hrál zvlášť na tenorový saxofon celým tělem a od první skladby sedícímu publiku naznačoval, že Coreova hudba, inspirovaná španělskými a latinskoamerickými rytmy, je vhodná k tanci.
→  Koncert byl také velkou školou jazzové komunikace, a to minimálně ve třech rovinách. První z nich byla tichá verbální komunikace mezi muzikanty mezi jednotlivými skladbami, z níž sem tam nějaké slovo unikalo do sálu. Divák mohl mít (možná nespravedlivě) pocit, že celý projekt The Vigil je teprve v záběhu, že se muzikanti musí domlouvat víc, než je běžné, a že jim nestačí samotná řeč hudby, u špičkových jazzmanů samozřejmá. Na druhou stranu však tyto krátké proluky vyznívaly spíše sympaticky a lidsky než rozpačitě. Průběh samotných skladeb navíc ukázal, že nonverbální hudební komunikaci kapela zvládá výtečně. Vynechám-li nezáživný rozjezd první skladby, znělo střídání sól po celou dobu večera naprosto přesvědčivě, a to včetně trojité „předávky“ klávesy–kytara–saxofon ve Spain. Třetí rovinou byla komunikace hudebníků s publikem. Ve zmíněném rozhovoru pro Harmonii Corea – v souvislosti s názvem The Vigil, Bdění – hovořil o bdělosti coby základní vlastnosti hudební komunikace. Publikum v laserové hale Boby centra skvěle reagovalo a vzájemnou bdělost si užívalo. Usnout mu mezigenerační kvinteto nedovolilo ani na okamžik.
→  Na samém začátku večera Corea diváky pozval ke sledování „historie hudby v hodině a půl“. To je samozřejmě třeba brát s nadsázkou. Ovšem to, jak se kapele podařilo nahustit do relativně krátkého času to podstatné z fusion i moderního akustického jazzu, latinské rytmy i baladickou hru na piano, sóla individualit i ukázněnou souhru kapely, si potlesk ve stoje zasloužilo. Úžasný byl mimochodem i samotný Corea, který nijak zvlášť nevyčníval a tam, kde to bylo vhodné, nechával svým spoluhráčům volnou ruku. I to je důležitá vlastnost silné muzikantské individuality.
Chick Corea & The Vigil (Chick Corea – piano, klávesové nástroje, Tim Garland – tenorový a sopránový saxofon, flétna, Charles Altura – elektrické kytary, akustická kytara, Hadrian Feraud – baskytara, Marcus Gilmore – bicí). Brno, Boby centrum, 10. března 2013.
→  Foto Patrick Marek
Převzato: http://www.mestohudby.cz/publicistika/kritika/chick-corea-a-skola-jazzove-komunikace
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