Chick Corea Elektric Band


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]

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)
Background information
GenresJazz fusion
Years active1986–2017
LabelsStretch, GRP
Members
Past members

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


Studio albums

Live albums

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

Source:[5]

References


  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. "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. 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.