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I love Chick Corea's sense of humor. On the piano I mean. He has such a vital energy to him, such a lively attitude.



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Chick Corea - Keys to eternity

I love Chick Corea's sense of humor. On the piano I mean. He has such a vital energy to him, such a lively attitude. I have a confession; I used to confuse Chick Corea and Keith Jarret. Both have strange names and both, how shall we put it, look the same to me. (I mostly saw them hunched over a piano most of the time.
I enjoy playing the band as the band. I 'be' the whole band and I'm playing the drums, I'm playing the guitar, I'm playing the saxophone. To me, the most wonderful thing about playing music is that.”

They did both have glasses. But the point is that the way I used to distinguish between them was that Chick Corea was always the evil twin. And that is exactly what I love about him (and why I am not a big fan of Keith Jarrett)

Sometimes he is too smart for his own good, and I find that on occasion I get tired when I hear him play all these sophisticated bits, but it is indeed his spirit that saves him, his playfulness, his ability to be human, to be silly, to be strange.


He was having fun, and that is the most important thing I ask from a musician. We didn’t come here to work music; we came here to play music. It's very difficult for me to dislike an artist. No matter what he's creating, the fact that he's experiencing the joy of creation makes me feel like we're in a brotherhood of some kind... we're in it together.

I think maybe I like him because he was infected by Miles Davis. And that is the greatest compliment I can give to anyone, well anyone who is not Miles Davis of course.

It's one thing to just play a tune, or play a program of music, but it's another thing to practically create a new language of music, which is what 'Kind of Blue' did.”
He played for Miles in 'bitch's brew'. Need I really say anything else? That is the best certificate of authenticity anyone can have.

The most important lesson I took from Miles was his certainty as an artist. He was criticized in a lot of different ways, as most artists are ... when they try and do something, but he never wavered from continuing to make the kind of music that he really wanted to make.

And that was very inspiring to me, ... that spiritual quality of courage and forthrightness.”


It is that Miles-ness that elevated Corea to where he is today. That inexhaustible search for the next line, the next chord, unrelenting efforts and dedication to the inner beauty that is hiding inside the chords and is waiting for them to rescue it, to set it free. That sense of urgency to liberate that melody, to see it fly into the sunset, a moment that will never return.


I believe that any "awareness" of life is "spiritual"… if you mean "spiritual" in the sense of a kind of "celebration of Life", then yes, I write music to celebrate life.

I think most artists do, no matter how they themselves describe it. It's the joy of creating.It's a way of life."

Chick Korea is interesting, is funny, is spot on when it comes to where music hides. I enjoy him on occasion. It would have really helped if he weren’t a scientologist. Being an idiot is not a quality I appreciate in musicians, especially not the ones who are supposed to be deeper and more meaningful. But maybe that's just me.
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