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CHICK COREA’S NEW TRIO TO PLAY 4-NIGHT RUN AT YOSHI’S OAKLAND
Young Masters to Join Corea October 11-14:
Bassist Christian McBride and Drummer Brian Blade
OAKLAND, CA (18 August 2010) – Sixteen-time Grammy winner Chick Corea will convene an all-star trio for a four-night run of performances at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland, October 11-14, 2010. There will be two shows each night, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Christian McBride, the most acclaimed bassist of his generation, and drummer extraordinaire Brian Blade, a longtime member of the Grammy-winning Wayne Shorter Quartet, will join Corea for the performance, part of an international tour. Corea is currently on tour with McBride in the Chick Corea Freedom Band, also featuring Kenny Garrett on saxophone and Roy Haynes on drums.
The three initially forged an indelible chemistry as the rhythmic backbone of the Five Peace Band on its tour of Asia and America in 2009 (Blade took over the drum chair from fusion icon Vinnie Colaiuta). During that tour, from night to night, there were rare moments when Chick’s co-leader John McLaughlin and alto sax burner Kenny Garrett laid out, allowing for brief interludes of piano trio magic to emerge. Their instant, easy rapport naturally stimulated the idea of yet another outlet for Corea’s tireless creativity. And a new trio was born.
The Corea / McBride / Blade Trio will commence touring on Sept. 24 in Chapel Hill, NC. Their Stateside tour includes a three-night engagement in New York City at the Highline Ballroom (Sept. 30 – Oct. 2) as well as appearances at Orchestra Hall in Chicago (Oct. 8 ) and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. (Oct. 9). They follow with a European tour in early November and an Asian tour from the end of November to early December.
Corea says he is excited to be engaging in such an intimate, conversational setting with such enormously gifted musicians as McBride (a ubiquitous sideman on the New York scene for the past 20 years, playing with Sting, Pat Metheny and McCoy Tyner, as well as a brilliant composer and bandleader in his own right) and Blade (one of the elite drummers in jazz today, who has worked with Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Kenny Garrett, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and who has held the drum chair in the Wayne Shorter Quartet for the past 10 years).
“Christian is a masterful musician,” says Chick. “He contributes great rhythmic ideas to any musical situation. But more than that, his communication abilities are out the top and he’s a lot of fun to make music with.
“And Brian is a master colorist as well as a master drummer. He certainly is a unique voice, easily recognized after hearing just a few seconds of his touch. When Brian came into the Five Peace Band, replacing Vinnie Colaiuta on the second tour, he took a whole new approach to the songs. In fact, it felt like we were playing a completely different repertoire as Brian found endless new twists to the creation of the rhythm and emotions of the compositions. Like Christian, he constantly contributes creative ideas to the flow of the music, whatever the setting is.”
With two such daring and free-spirited improvisers on board, this new trio tour will be a string of surprises, for both the audiences and the musicians on stage.
“I’m not sure what to expect,” says Chick, “but I am sure that it will be a fun musical adventure. I’m looking forward to exploring our communication in more depth. I’m sure that it will be something new and fresh.”
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