Chick Corea to Release Live 3-CD Set, “Trilogy,” Sept. 9

Includes new versions, previously unrecorded originals, standards and more

On September 9, Stretch Records/Concord Jazz will release Chick Corea’s Trilogy, a triple-CD set recorded live around the world with his trio featuring bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade (previously the rhythm section of in Corea’s Five Peace Band).

Trilogy, according to a press release, sees the trio “reinvent classic Corea compositions (such as ‘Spain’), as well as previously unreleased originals (‘Piano Sonata: The Moon’). The group also performs an array of jazz standards (including two Thelonious Monk tunes) and even re-imagines a Prelude by fin-de-siècle Russian composer Alexander Scriabin (‘Op. 11, No. 9’).”

Lorenzo Duaso

Chick Corea, Carles Benavant, Christian McBride and Brian Blade, Barcelona Jazz Festival 2012

The recordings were made live in Washington, D.C., and Oakland, Calif.; in Spain, Switzerland and Austria; and in Slovenia, Turkey and Japan. Corea, McBride and Blade are joined by special guests on three tracks: flutist Jorge Pardo and guitarist Niño Josele in Madrid (“My Foolish Heart” and “Spain”) and vocalist Gayle Moran Corea, the pianist’s wife and longtime collaborator, in Sapporo (“Someday My Prince Will Come”).
The previously unrecorded “Piano Sonata: Moon” is the most expansive performance on Trilogy, at a half-hour.

Trilogy also features interpretations of items from the Great American Songbook: “My Foolish Heart,” “It Could Happen to You,” “How Deep Is the Ocean?” and more.

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