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Concert Review: Chick Corea and Jazz @ Lincoln Center Orch.

JALC's Chick Corea Festival welcomes its namesake

Chick Corea with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

One of the most versatile artists in the history of jazz, Chick Corea has performed music from his expansive songbook in an impressive assortment of musical circumstances-acoustic and electric, solo and duo, with small ensembles and symphony orchestras-yet the one situation in which he has rarely been heard is with a jazz big band; somewhat surprising considering that the world renowned pianist considers himself as much a composer as player. But since January 2011, when the NEA Jazz Master appeared at New York’s Rose Hall as guest pianist performing with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, he and Wynton Marsalis have forged a mutual admiration society that has been fortified through various encounters by the two road warriors on intersecting world tours.

The May 16th reunion of Corea with the orchestra and its leader marked the first of three concerts in conjunction with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Chick Corea Festival, which also featured two Allen Room concerts presenting a pair young Corea apprentices, the Israeli Gadi Lehavi and Georgian Beka Gochiashvili, and a week of shows at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola featuring four of his favorite pianists: Edsel Gomez, Elio Villafranca, Marcus Roberts and Alfredo Gonzalez, as well as drummer Henry Cole.

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