With The Spanish Heart Band, the latest of the many projects that Chick Corea has created, never so active and creative as in these last few years, the Latin soul of the great jazzman is lit up.
Fans of Corea will certainly remember that My Spanish Heart (1976) is also the title of a very successful album with which Corea translated his passion for Hispanic music and flamenco into sound (the collaboration with Paco de Lucia, the flamenco legend, was fundamental in this sense). Practically throughout his whole career, the pianist-composer has cultivated this particular vein, contributing, with themes such as Spain and La Fiesta, to the creation of a repertoire from which many have then drawn.
The band is an octet and includes two musicians who have played at different times in the groups of De Lucia, saxophonist Jorge Pardo and guitarist Nino Josele. It also includes two wind instruments (Michael Rodriguez on trumpet and Steve Davis on trombone) and a rhythm section with the Cuban, Carlitos del Puertos, on double bass, Marcus Gilmore on drums and Lusito Quintero on percussion. Finally, the new star among flamenco dancers, Nino de los Reyes. With Chick Corea we are truly at the top of modern jazz. How else to define an artist who has won over the course of an incredible career, which began in the electric bands of Miles Davis, 22 Grammys (with 63 nominations) and has been awarded the NEA Jazz Master, the highest award to which a jazzman can aspire.
A career that has seen him, thanks to an eclecticism that has few references, move with ease between straight ahead jazz, fusion, free jazz, classical music. At the piano or on keyboards, Chick Corea has given life to all possible formulas, from solo piano improvisations to duo (with Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton, Bobby McFerrin, Bela Fleck, Stefano Bollani, Hiromi), from trio to small bands like “Origin ”, and finally to chamber formations and symphony orchestras.