Jazz pianist Chick Corea is set to play a four nights and eight shows at Jazz Alley starting tonight. Though his more recent output can't compare to his creative heyday in the '60s and '70s, he's still a must-see for jazz enthusiasts. As I wrote in this week's Short List:
Since releasing his first album in 1966, pianist Chick Corea has covered more stylistic territory than most jazz musicians could ever hope to. After gaining widespread recognition for his influential 1968 post-bop album Now He Sings, Now He Sobs, Corea went on to play in Miles Davis' band, experimenting with electric instruments and incorporating elements of rock, free jazz, and Latin music into his repertoire. To some degree, Corea's stylistic shifts were indicative of the general trajectory of jazz as the genre evolved from hard and post bop into avant-garde and fusion in the '70s. But regardless of his ample legacy, which includes sixteen Grammys, Corea continues to experiment (he's dabbled in classical music in recent years) and tour incessantly. This four-night residency at Jazz Alley offers the chance to see a true jazz innovator at work
For more information about Corea's slate of performances, visit Jazz Alley's website.