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Chick Corea & John McLaughlin: Dream Team

John McLaughlin and Chick Corea

In 2008, fusion came back in a big way through two tours-Chick Corea with the triumphant Return to Forever reunion and John McLaughlin with his 4th Dimension Band. Those two jazz-rock stalwarts will join forces this fall for a European tour with their Five Peace Band. The tour for this supergroup, which also features alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, will kick off with a special benefit concert on Oct. 22 for humanitarian association CAAP Afrika at the Grimaldi Forum in McLaughlin’s home base of Monte Carlo, Monaco. The European tour continues through October and November. The Stateside tour, which begins on March 21 in Berkeley, Calif., includes a three-night stand at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City from April 23-25 and commences with an April 30 performance at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston.

This collaboration between Corea and McLaughlin, whose association goes back to their participation on Miles Davis’ landmark sessions from the late ’60s, In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew, marks the first time that the two formidable forces in contemporary music have joined forces on tour. (They also appeared together on various recordings, including Stanley Clarke’s Journey to Love in 1975, McLaughlin’s Electric Guitarist in 1979, and, most recently, Miroslav Vitous’ Universal Syncopations in 2003).

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