Chick Corea Elektric Band

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Chick Corea Elektric Band
At the Blue Note in New York City. Left to right: Eric Marienthal (saxophone), Chick Corea (keyboard), Frank Gambale (guitar), Victor Wooten (bass), Dave Weckl (drums)
At the Blue Note in New York City. Left to right: Eric Marienthal (saxophone), Chick Corea (keyboard), Frank Gambale (guitar), Victor Wooten (bass), Dave Weckl (drums)
Background information
GenresJazz fusion
Years active1986–2017
LabelsStretch, GRP
Members
Past members

Chick Corea Elektric Band was a jazz fusion band, led by keyboardist Chick Corea. The band was nominated twice at the Grammy Awards.[1] Chick Corea Elektric Band II received an additional nomination in 1994.[2]

The band's typical line-up, in addition to Corea, was Eric Marienthal (saxophone), Frank Gambale (guitar), John Patitucci (electric bass), and Dave Weckl (drums).[3] This was the line-up for the band's second album, Light Years (1987).[4]

The third album was Eye of the Beholder.[5] The material for the fourth album, Inside Out (1990), was Corea originals.[5][6] The last album featuring the band's traditional line-up was Beneath the Mask (1991).[7]

For the next album, Elektric Band II: Paint the World (1993), only Corea and Marienthal returned from the original line-up.[8] Gary Novak became the new drummer, Jimmy Earl took the bass, and Mike Miller played guitar.[8] The album's style is jazz-oriented.[9]

In 1996, the band recorded a version of "Rumble" from West Side Story for the tribute album The Songs of West Side Story; this saw Weckl and Gambale returning.[10] The original members reunited in 2004 for To the Stars.[5][11]

The band toured North America with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones in 2017.[12]

Corea died of cancer at his home in the Tampa Bay area of Florida on February 9, 2021, at age 79; he had only recently been diagnosed.[13]


Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • Live from Elario's (The First Gig) (rec. 1985, rel. 1996)
  • Live in Tokyo 1987 (rec. 1987, rel 2017).

Source:[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chick Corea Elektric Band". GRAMMY.com. 2020-11-23. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  2. ^ "Chick Corea Elektric Band II". GRAMMY.com. 2020-11-23. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  3. ^ Friday, Kevin Johnson; July 29th; 2016 (2016-07-29). "John Patitucci Joins Chick Corea for Elektric Band Tour". No Treble. Retrieved 2021-02-14.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Chick Corea Elektric Band / Chick Corea: Light Years". AllMusic. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d "Chick Corea Elektric Band | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  6. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Chick Corea Elektric Band / Chick Corea: Inside Out". AllMusic. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  7. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Chick Corea Elektric Band / Chick Corea: Beneath the Mask". AllMusic. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  8. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Chick Corea / Chick Corea Elektric Band: Paint the World". AllMusic. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  9. ^ Paint the World - Chick Corea, Chick Corea Elektric Band II | Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 2021-02-14
  10. ^ The Songs of West Side Story - Various Artists | Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 2021-02-14
  11. ^ "Chick Corea Elektric Band / Chick Corea: To the Stars – Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  12. ^ "Corea Elektric Band, Béla & Flecktones To Join Forces for 2017 Summer Tour". downbeat.com. 2016-11-29. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  13. ^ "Jazz keyboard virtuoso Chick Corea dead of cancer at age 79". nbcnews.com. 2019-02-11. Retrieved 2021-02-17.