Chick Corea turns 76 today. It’s hard to believe. I met Chick just a few weeks ago at the Kansas City Jazz & Heritage Festival. I don’t know many 76 year-old people but Chick seems to be a lot younger. He doesn’t sprint across the stage or anything but his fingers are as nimble as anyone’s and his enjoyment at playing is apparent. His constant drive to explore jazz, and often push it forward, is one of the reasons he is a jazz legend.
I helped the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s Office of Culture and Creative Services with this video interview at the Festival. Hope you enjoy.
Get a taste of Kirk Whalum’s #LoveCovers with this EPK. Kirk uses a verse from 1 Peter as the genesis for the album: “…for love will cover a multitude of sins.” He expands on that, gospel music, and more. #LoveCovers arrives April 11.
The mighty Q turns 84 today. The term “living legend” was created for individuals like him. Here is Quincy Jones conducting a live version of “Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)” which was originally on the Back on the Block recording.
On March 11, 1997, the first recording from the new i.e. music label was released. The album was an all-star tribute to the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim called A Twist of Jobim. The label was co-founded by Lee Ritenour, JAZZIZ publisher Michael Fagien, and label operator Mark Wexler.
So what made Rit want to go out on his own after a lengthy stay at GRP? “In this day and age where thousands of records are released in a given year, I wanted more control over my music and destiny,” Lee Ritenour told Billboard in May 1998. “To have a successful record, you need great music and a great record company. If you have one without the other, it never works. With jazz, you need a team that understands the music and the marketing and promotion that goes with it.”
Captain Fingers was also excited about nurturing new talent. “I’ve been making music for 25 or 30 years. I wanted to give the talents and experience that I’ve been fortunate to develop back to some young artists.”
i.e. music issued a number of recordings in a little more than a year, including two Eric Marienthal discs and Ritenour’s This Is Love solo recording. The next “Twist of…” recording was A Twist of Marley on the GRP label in 2001.
Here are the top selling contemporary jazz recordings as listed by Billboard on March 2, 2002. The Pat Metheny Group’s Speaking of Now debuted at #1.
- Pat Metheny Group – Speaking Of Now
- Boney James – Ride
- Chris Botti – Night Sessions
- Various Artists – Hidden Beach Recordings Presents: Unwrapped Vol. 1
- Walter Beasley – Rendezvous
- David Benoit – Fuzzy Logic
- Andre Ward Orpheus – Feelin’ You
- Peter White – Glow
- The John Scofield Band – Uberjam
- St. Germain – Tourist