I’m starting off this week's show by playing a jazz song in remembrance of Chick Corea, one of the most versatile and influential jazz pianists ever. He helped develop the electronic fusion style of music with Miles Davis and later with his 1970s group Return to Forever. He was indeed a prolific and dynamic force in music. He passed away Feb. 9 from a rare form of cancer. During a six-decade career, Chick Corea won 23 Grammy Awards, more than any other jazz performer in history. In addition he is nominated in two categories for this year’s Grammys. During the 1960s, Chick Corea worked alongside such traditional jazz greats as Stan Getz, Woody Herman, Freddie Hubbard and Sarah Vaughan before exploring the more modern vistas of electronic music. Corea talking about his music says “I’ve done two main things for years and years. “First, I follow my heart and imagination and the things I love to do, I pursue.” From his fantastic 1968 album Now He Sings Now He Sobs I am playing Windows.
I also have plenty of brand new releases to play for you this week plus Billboard's top three song in Smooth Jazz for this week.
In the second hour I have beautiful music from and stories about Brian Culbertson, Kirk Whalum, and Paul Brown.
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