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Candid Records releases Chick Corea's Elektric Band box set

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Chick Corea's Elektric Band

On this episode of AOS, WBGO's Lee Mergner chats with John Patitucci and Eric Marienthal about the influence of Chick Corea's music.

By the early ‘80s, Chick Corea had already worked with Miles Davis, released numerous groundbreaking albums and led various groups, including the popular and influential Return to Forever. Restlessly creative as he would be for the rest of his life, Corea decided to assemble a new group that would reflect his latest explorations on the electric keyboards. The resulting Elektric Band had a few different members initially, but soon settled on personnel that would stay together for the next 6+ years and would set a standard for contemporary jazz: John Patitucci (electric bass); Dave Weckl (drums); Eric Marienthal (alto saxophone); Frank Gambale (guitar). During that period, the Elektric Band released seven albums and toured all over the world.

Candid Records recently released a box set from the Chick Corea Elektric Band—The Complete Studio Recordings, 1986-1991.

You can hear Lee Mergner's entire conversation with John Patitucci and Eric Marienthal here.

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