Music Magic with Chick Corea - Jazzcast for Musicians

By Jazz legend Chick Corea in revealing conversations with his musician friends: featuring Stanley Clarke, John Mayer, Béla Fleck, Marcus Gilmore, Carlitos Del Puerto, Tim Garland and more.

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In conversations with his musical collaborators and friends, Chick reveals insights into his music universe. From the tour buses and airports to the recording studios and backstage. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the details of the creative process from the legends of jazz. "These podcasts introduce a topic that's very exciting to me: giving a helping hand to other musicians." —Chick

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Ep. 10 | Herbie Hancock: Breaking the Rules

Herbie Hancock one of the great composers and piano players of the last fifty years or so. In Herbie's music, genre is secondary — no matter what he's playing, the musicianship and creativity are absolutely in the stratosphere. The musical history he and Chick Corea share — in Miles' '60s bands, at the inception of new electric music in the '70s and beyond — means they've got a lot to talk about. 

Listen to the two legends hang and explore that history, their mutual approach to creativity, and more. 

Nov 30, 2017
09 | Mario Feninger: Chick's Piano Inspiration

Chick has always been a student of the piano — it's a lifelong pursuit that's allowed him to explore in every direction imaginable. 

Mario Feninger is one of the many teachers to help guide Chick along the way. As Chick and Mario talk through the four decades of their work together, hear how Chick approaches the fundamentals of piano itself. Mario's classically-informed piano technique is not limited by genre or style; as Chick's no-limits music proves, truly adventurous creativity always starts with a curious mind and a lot of focus.

Nov 23, 2017
Ep. 8 | Wallace Roney: Constantly Melodic

Wallace Roney is one of the great trumpet artists of his time — or any other time, for that matter. He and Chick Corea talk about their mutual mentor, Miles Davis, and what it truly means to improvise.

Nov 16, 2017
Ep. 7 | Gary Burton: New York Stories

Chick Corea & Gary Burton have one of the most enduring duets in all of music. Since they first played together in 1972, their creative adventures have known no limits, embracing gorgeous originals for Chick, standards, chamber music with string quartets, and brought in 6 Grammy awards. 

They got together at the beginning of a Japanese tour to talk about where it all started — how they both came up in the jazz scene of the 1960s in New York City, where Duke Ellington could cross paths with Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. Chick and Gary were the new guys on the scene, playing gigs constantly, and they were there for all of it. Hear the inside stories now, for the first time, direct from Chick and Gary.

Nov 09, 2017
06: Stanley Clarke: "Unleashed"

Piano & Bass Duet


Return to Forever founder Chick Corea talks with bassist supreme, Stanley Clarke — about coming up in the '60s, the Coltrane revelation and their favorite subject — music. Recorded backstage in Vannes, France, minutes before going on stage for the final show of their celebrated duet tour in 2014.

Feb 22, 2015
Vibing with Béla Fleck

Grammy-winning banjo and piano duet, Béla Fleck and Chick Corea on the road in Boulder, Colorado – taking time out from the tour to have – one might say – a pretty deep conversation about the real world of the touring musician, finding yourself as an artist, and much more.

Mar 21, 2014
Conversation with John Mayer

Special episode from Electric Lady Studios in New York City. In a fascinating conversation, Chick and singer, songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire John Mayer talk music, improvisation and reveal their amazing new project — with Pino Palladino (bass), Steve Jordan (drums), Wallace Roney (trumpet) and Manolo Badrena (percussion). You're going to want to check this one out!

Mar 06, 2014
Latin Roots: Bass Player Carlitos Del Puerto

Stanley Clarke, Chick's Return to Forever bandmate and legend of bass, doesn't offer recommendations lightly. When Chick asked Stanley who he thought would be a good fit for the bass chair in Chick's new band The Vigil, Stanley didn't hesitate offering up the name of Carlitos Del Puerto. Playing both acoustic and electric basses, Carlitos – who grew up in Havana – chats with Chick in this episode about their shared interest in Latin music, and reveals the inside story about his getting the gig with Chick. And much more... 

Feb 27, 2014
"Let's Just Throw It Down": Chick in the Studio with Marcus Gilmore

Revealing conversation with Chick and his favorite young drummer Marcus Gilmore — go inside the studio of the sessions for the The Vigil, Chick's latest band and album. Gilmore — grandson of towering drum legend Roy Haynes, and one of the most in-demand drummers in any genre — also goes step-by-step, detailing how Chick's new tunes evolved on the road. 40+ years after Chick and Roy Haynes laid down Now He Sings, Now He Sobs, Chick and Marcus are writing the next chapter. Now hear the backstory ...

Feb 14, 2014
Inside Chick's CD: The Making of the Vigil

Premiere episode! In this first edition of Music Magic with Chick Corea, Chick chats with master-musician and long-time associate Tim Garland (sax, flute, bass clarinet) on the making of the recent groundbreaking album The Vigil. Taking a break while on tour in Japan, Chick and Tim discuss the creative processes of writing and learning new music, the recording studio and then taking it on the road for audiences around the world.  In this fascinating intimate conversation, they also discuss their unique projects together exploring the combination of orchestral music and jazz.  And much more...     

Feb 04, 2014