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Corea, Clarke & White: Forever

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Lenny White, Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke

With his 70th birthday looming on June 12, Chick Corea may seem a long shot to unearth the mythical Fountain of Youth. But the overall excellence of his seemingly nonstop music-making suggests he knows a secret or two about the keys to remaining perpetually vital and vigorous.

In the first five months of 2011 alone, he has toured Australia with his expanded Return to Forever IV band, toured North America and Europe with longtime foil Gary Burton, and performed solo gigs in Europe and Africa. During this same time span, Corea did three retrospective concerts in January of his (newly rearranged) music with the Wynton Marsalis-led Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and three duo shows with Italian piano phenom Stefano Bollani. He also composed for an upcoming album with Burton and a string quartet. It doesn’t seem too far-fetched, then, that this tireless jazz-and-beyond dynamo could launch a new project in the time it takes you to read this magazine.

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