Smooth Chick Corea's first day of the BMW Jazz Festival

Event took place late on Friday (8) at Via Funchal in São Paulo. Tom Kramer and Baby Ferragutti and Ambrose Akinmusire also played.

Cold and rainy night, full house, two good shows and a special presentation. These were the ingredients of the first day of the BMW Jazz Festival on Friday (8) at Via Funchal in São Paulo, which had the trio Corea, Clarke & White, led by pianist Chick Corea, as headliners.The second edition of the event, however, began just before the 21h for a public that still looked timid in the dark, the seat indicated on your ticket. At just 28 years, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire showed songs from her debut album, the critically acclaimed "When the heart emerges glistening", 2011, in a show that mixed classic jazz with moments of improvisation and few but good trials. Highlight for Walter Smith III and Justin Brown, a saxophonist and a drummer's quintet, respectively, besides the Akinmusire.At around 22pm, Tom and Baby Ferragutti Kramer made one of the most exciting shows of the night. The duo, accompanied by a quintet, had a sort of "tribute to the accordion." Skilled players of the instrument, they were attended by Adelson Viana and Gabriel Levy and clearly demonstrated how Brazilian music - and, more specifically, the regional rhythms - are refined enough to be in a jazz festival, although only share some similarities with gender.The main attraction of the night showed up at the Via Funchal at 23.30. The American musician Chick Corea is in the country with Return to Forever, a group formed in early 1970 and had as members the Brazilians Flora Purim and Airto Moreira. The band that ended activities before coming to the end of that decade, he returned in 2008 with the release of the live album "Returns". In 2011, as documented in the meeting with "Forever," which won the Grammy for best instrumental jazz. In addition to Corea on keyboards, the return has bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Lenny White - so maybe its leader hesitate to use the old name, opting for Corea, Clarke and White.The show started with a theme of "a long, long time ago," as Chick Corea himself. In fact, no lack of Return to Forever songs composed in the 70s, such as "The Romantic Warrior." But in the repertoire, were also new tracks like "Light as a feather" or surprise "How deep is the ocean?" Music of the 30s that Korea claimed to have grown up listening to.Already 70 years, the musician surprised by their willingness and tranquility. The touch of the fingers of Corea on piano and of course it is always easy, and simple dress chosen for the presentation can not hide his natural class that comes from the beginning of his career. Rare are the occasions when the American musician "exaggerates" the force - often tend to slip your hands without much effort by the beautiful grand piano in front of you.You can not leave out the praise for Stanley Clarke. With the quality and sober virtuosity of a veteran, but showing the freshness of a beginner, the musician used the bass for fun and impress on demonstrations that repeatedly tore colorosos justifiable applause from the audience.So simple and complex presentation of Corea, Clarke and White had about two hours to be contemplated, and was able to show that certain musical meetings are more than just welcome, necessary. That return is forever.

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