Catching up with Chick (and Miles) at DPL

Well, I’m a little late with this post, I guess. I was trying to think of a way to kill three crows with one stone (blog post):

1. Something having to do with our music collection.

 2. Something having to do with Miles Davis.

3. Something having to do with current Denton events.

I think I may be able to tie them all together now. This past weekend as many of you know, the 20th Annual Denton Arts and Jazz Fest was held in Quakertown Park. Headlining on Friday night was The Chick Corea Trio. If you were there, as I was, you know how they threw down. We have several CDs by him in solo format, back in the day and with his former employer, Miles Davis.

Chick Corea

That’s the simple version. It seems like every other year, the Arts and Jazz Fest has a former member of one of the many Miles Davis groups as a headliner. In the recent past they have had Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Bill Evans and now Chick. There are many good reasons for this but one I would like to point out is that, besides being a master himself, Miles knew talent,   how to find it, mix it up in a musical stew and bring it forth. Maybe not every last musician in his groups became a (jazz) household name but far too many did to make it mere coincidence.

We have, of course, mucho Miles to listen to and read about from the ’40s to the ’90s. From Bebop to hip showtunes to “FreeBop” to fusion to the late period. Think of him as a Picasso of the trumpet-as cliche as that may seem.

Miles Davis, 1980's

Posted by Chuck, 4.29.10


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