Corea also released “The Continents,” a six-movement concerto for jazz quintet and chamber orchestra, last year and “The Mothership Returns,” a double-CD with a bonus DVD, recorded during a 2011 tour by the latest incarnation of Return To Forever.
Immediately after the Grammys, the pianist plans to stay in L.A. to mix his next album with his new acoustic-electric band, Chick Corea & The Vigil, which includes saxophonist Tim Garland as well as young musicians Hadrien Feraud on bass, guitarist Charles Altura and drummer Marcus Gilmore, the grandson of renowned drummer Roy Haynes, who played on Corea’s breakthrough 1968 trio album “Now He Sings, Now He Sobs.”
“The idea of The Vigil is to defy the norm of boxing you into playing music in a certain style,” Corea said. “It’s about how to keep a free mind as a musician.”
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