I spent the evening of May 30th in the living room of Gayle Moran and Chick Corea. The odd thing is they now appear to have moved their living room to the elegant confines of the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. As the old saying goes…”How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, Practice, Practice.” It seems the two lovebirds of 40 years now, Gayle and Chick, have practiced plenty enough. On this evening they invited a couple of their old friends, Mika and Richard Stoltzman, and other members of their circle of musical compatriots such as bassist David Finck, drummer Duke Gadd (yes, the son of that other Gadd named Steve), pianist David Pihl, percussionist Bill Cahn and members of The Harlem String Quartet plus other assorted musicians to join them. A few hundred of their closest friends and admirers, me among them, joined them as well for a marvelous night of music.
OK, enough of my silliness. This was a formal concert featuring the esteemed clarinetist, Mr. Stoltzman and his marimba master wife Mika titled New Genre! Part II and Gayle Moran Corea was their special, performing guest. She just happened to bring her piano-playing hubby along. I will say that this was possibly one of the most fun and informal, formal musical affairs I have ever witnessed and a great joy for all that were lucky enough to be there. One is not likely to see a concert such as this very often as the musicianship was top notch, the variety of the repertoire was astounding in scope, the setting was magnificent and the spirit conjured by the casual presentation by the players set the tone for a relaxed evening of inspiring music.