Back in February, the music world lost an iconic jazz musician when Chick Corea passed away from a rare form of cancer. His legacy is one of the most well-rounded, having played with fellow jazz greats Miles Davis and Stan Getz to Bela Fleck and one of his favorite trios, The Akoiustic Band with John Patitucci and Dave Weckl. One of the first posthumous releases from Chick Corea features a live performance from The Akoustic Band, recorded in January 2018 at the SPC Music Hall in St. Petersburg, Florida. This new thirteen-song album will be released on September 24th through the Concord Jazz label as a 2CD set. It begins with a lively, spirted performance of the early-era, Chick Corea classic "Morning Spirte," as everyone gets their moment to shine. The album continues with the graceful touch of a "Japanese Waltz," before delivering their special touch on a couple jazz standards, "That Old Feeling" and "In A Sentimental Mood." Corea lets his fingers fly up and down the piano on this fourteen-minute, high-energy jam of "Rumba Flamenco." There are two versions of his song "Humpty Dumpty" on this release, in which the band simply soars with delight and energy. The Akoustic Band also do an amazing job on the Miles Davis original "On Green Dolphin Street" and the Thelonoius Monk classic "Monk's Mood." The set finishes with Chick Corea being joined by his wife, Gayle Moran Corea, on the elegant, light-hearted jazz number "You're Everything." To find out more about the Chick Corea Akoustic Band and their latest release "Live," please visit chickcorea.com.
Fellow jazz pianist/keyboardist David Garfield is also preparing for the release of his new album titled "Stretchin' Outside The Box." It features 24-tracks, spread across two discs, as David dedicates these songs to many of his favorite artists and people, including Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Tom Petty, his parents and his brother Stan. This new set begins with performances of "Waiting For Your Love," which is dedicated to the great American keyboardist George Duke and a spot on cover of the great Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down," dedicated to the iconic artist. David Garfield brings on the blues with "Shufflin', dedicated to his brother Stan, before delivering the smooth, graceful keyboards of "Rainbow Seeker," featuring Chuck Loeb and Steve Jordan. Garfield gets a little funky with "Hunting Heads," his tribute to the legendary Herbie Hancock and keeps the energy flowing with his "Tune For Tony Williams," which features guest appearances from Vinnie Colaiuta and Gregg Bissonette. Vinnie shows up once again in "Cousin Vinnie," before David closes out his new album with his tribute to Cuban drummer Carlo Vega with "Remembering Carlos Vega." To find out more about "Stretchin' Outside The Box," the latest release from David Garfield, please visit facebook.com/DavidGarfieldMusic.
Last but not least, we have a new album on the way from virtuoso pianist and composer Hiromi titled "Silver Lining Suite," which was inspired by the pandemic. This new composition was created for a piano and string quartet, spread across nine-tracks, beginning with the classical/jazz combination of "Isolation," as the music gives identity to what many were feeling during these crazy, unknown times. The music gets more intense during "The Unknown," before becoming more graceful and flowing during the lush strings of "Drifters." The "Silver Lining Suite" finishes with the dark, marching rhythm of "Fortitude," which then lightens up to display Hiromi's exceptional skills on the piano. The album continues with the beautiful soft touch of "Uncertainty" and the energetic, classical strings of "Jumpstart" to get your heart racing. The album closes with the grand, ten-minute piano-led number "11:49 PM" and the quick-moving melody of "Ribera Del Duero." To find out more about Hiromi and her latest release "Silver Lining Suite," please visit hiromiuehara.com.