Blue Note Entertainment Group has announced a the Chick Corea Solo Piano at The Town Hall on Thursday, April 10, 2014, with one show at 8:00PM. Corea will perform in support of his forthcoming solo piano album, Portraits (set for release on Stretch/Concord Records in 2014). This New York performance is part of Corea's rare worldwide 2014 solo piano tour.
When the legendary artist Chick Corea recorded Piano Improvisations on the ECM label in 1971, he was the first jazz pianist of his era to release such a recording. This groundbreaking album literally opened the floodgates to a new genre of solo piano that continues strong today.
In 2014, Corea will release a new solo album and embark upon a world tour with a presentation that is as fresh and innovative as ever. With the simplest expression of his artistry - only 88 keys at his disposal - Corea reinvents himself for each show, exploring every inch of his musical world, with a perfect balance of in-the-moment improvisation, Corea-classics, jazz standards, classical renderings and the inimitable suite of "Children's Songs."
The album title, Portraits, derives from something Corea occasionally includes in his solo shows - when the spirit moves him. The artist asks for volunteers from the audience, sits them down one at a time next to the piano and proceeds to paint a musical "portrait" unique to each individual. It's uncanny how the personality of the person is captured in Corea's improvisations. His solo shows are a pure distillation of one of the most remarkable careers in jazz: moving and profound, in the pure Chick Corea spirit of play.
Corea's legendary career "is among the most kaleidoscopic in jazz," says The New York Times. That drive to explore has propelled collaborations with masters such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and Gary Burton, has won him 20 GRAMMY® awards and a NEA Jazz Master fellowship, among many other accolades.