From Corea to Spain
With his new group the Spanish Heart Band, the great American pianist Chick Corea turns to Latin jazz, salsa, flamenco and bossa...
Chick Corea has always been an ambassador of jazz across the world, from the U.S.A to Brazil, as well as Europe - especially Spain. The latter’s musical heritage is the focus of celebration with the Spanish Heart Band.
Throughout Antidote, the pianist weaves his way through latin jazz territory, backed by a five-star cast of Spanish, Cuban, Venezuelan and American musicians, covering songs from his own albums My Spanish Heart (1976) and Touchstone (1982).
Corea also adds a few new tracks, and covers Antonio Carlos Jobim, Paco de Lucía as well as Igor Stravinsky.
Within this octet, he brought together the flamenco guitarist Niño Josele, flutist and saxophonist Jorge Pardo (two bandmates of the late Paco de Lucia), the bass player Carlitos Del Puerto, percussionist Luisito Quintero, the trumpeter Michael Rodriguez, trombonist Steve Davis and the drummer Marcus Gilmore.
His motley, diverse jazz is a natural bridge between flamenco and bossa nova, rumba and soul, salsa and classical music. A rainbow which reminds us how original this musical approach is, that it’s kept jazz from biting its own tail for half a century.
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