Always in search of new ideas, and a new group of young musicians players to express them, Chick Corea has created The Vigil, the latest in his many impressive assemblages of breakthrough jazz at its finest
Chick Corea has always been most challenged creatively by working with talented players, reaching from his early years with Blue Mitchell, Herbie Mann, Stan Getz and Miles Davis to his own leadership of memorably fascinating groups such as Return to Forever, the Elektric Band, the Akoustic Band, and his Five Peace Band.
His new group, Chick Corea and the Vigil, has an equally promising line-up of players, including Tim Garland playing tenor and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet and flute, Charles Altura on electric and acoustic guitars, Hadrien Feraud on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums. Each is a young, talented player, eager to make the most of an opportunity to explore the wide potentials of contemporary jazz under Corea’s marvelously creative guidance.
“I'm looking forward to the year's touring with The Vigil,” says Corea. “I love the process of trying various ways of putting the music across to our audiences. Each new experience has points to improve upon, and points that worked well can be noted and kept. How far to push the audience's tolerance – how far to push my own and the band's tolerance – how to stay in that wonderful area of adventure without losing contact. This is the nightly challenge. This is what makes being a musician such a joy.”
The Vigil’s initial recording sets the stage for further explorations of the “wonderful area of adventure,” capturing first impressions of new compositions, as well as first impressions of the band’s rapport, and – equally important – the band’s extraordinary potential.
From Corea’s perspective, this debut recording by the Vigil also allows him to return to his “favorite format of writing music for a special hand-picked band for recording and touring.”
On several tracks of The Vigil recording, set for release August 6, 2013 on Concord Jazz, Corea and the band are also joined by guest artists Pernell Saturnino on percussion and Gayle Moran Corea on vocals. And on the live track, “Pledge for Peace,” dedicated to John Coltrane, the presence of saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and long-time Corea musical partner, bassist Stanley Clarke, call up recollections of the memorable, beyond-limit, spontaneously creative explorations that have been an essential aspect of Corea’s music since he first arrived on the jazz scene in the ’60s.
This debut collection of music from Chick Corea and The Vigil – like so many of Chick Corea’s creative efforts – connects intimately with his views of the past, the present and the future, a “launch point” for everything he values about music and performance.
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