"The sound was familiar-that irresistible driving funk, capable of rising to ecstatic heights. Everything they played was touched with the same magic."
-The Daily Telegraph (London)
"The surprise is not that keyboardist Chick Corea and guitarist John McLaughlin have finally decided to form a band, but that it has taken so long. McLaughlin and Corea have known each other since the late 1960s and both played an important part in the birth of fusion as members of the band behind legendary trumpeter Miles Davis."
After wowing crowds in Europe last fall and in Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Australia this winter, Chick Corea & John McLaughlin supergroup Five Peace Band will kick off their first U.S./North American tour at UCLA in Los Angeles on March 19. The exuberant and electrifying 23-date run includes three evenings in New York at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall and concludes on May 1 at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont. Five Peace Band features legendary co-leaders Chick Corea (piano, keyboards) and John McLaughlin (guitar) along with their all-star support team: Kenny Garrett on saxophone and bassist Christian McBride. Vinnie Colaiuta and Brian Blade will share the drum seat.
The quintet’s tour de force double-album, Five Peace Band Live, which was recorded during their European tour last fall, will be released in summer 2009 by Concord Records, but the double-disc CD will be made available early at performance venues as well as the band’s website (www.fivepeaceband.com) to coincide with the tour. Five Peace Band Live features Corea and McLaughlin’s inspired duets as well as all five members negotiating the twists and turns of the compositions.
As shown throughout the tours, Corea and McLaughlin are truly kindred spirits, given that both are brave musical explorers and virtuosos on their respective instruments. As young jazz artists, they both did stints with Miles Davis and appeared together on the groundbreaking jazz/rock/funk classic Bitches Brew before forming their own revolutionary bands: Corea’s Return to Forever and McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra. The innovative music played by these two groups attracted theater and stadium-sized audiences in the ‘70s and helped to shape a new genre of music, turning on multitudes of rock fans to a new form of jazz.
Since those burgeoning jazz-fusion days, both Corea and McLaughlin have led extraordinarily prolific careers, with continual creative output spanning many genres of music in a host of different musical settings-all the while maintaining unparalleled artistic integrity and becoming legends in their own right.
Five Peace Band marks the duo’s first collaboration with a band, presenting eclectic nights of highly creative music that includes nods to Miles (and to the late Joe Zawinul, with an exhilarating performance of "In a Silent Way"), intricate acoustic jazz, burning jazz/rock/funk, and intimate duets. Also in the mix are Corea and McLaughlin classics.
"I thought this might be a good period for both of us, so I presented [John with] the idea of a quintet and the musicians involved," Corea told Australia’s Perth Now. "He liked the idea right way. We decided pretty quickly that both of us would bring musical ideas and compositions. John sent me a bunch of stuff and I sent him my ideas. I wrote several new pieces. Within a couple of weeks we had the basic direction of what we would perform."
Corea also told The Australian that the band’s aim was to create "a new, fresh sound," and that the sets are "more electric than not, but there are acoustic moments. John is playing his electric guitar all the way through, but he has this really cool ability to be able to play that instrument in a pretty mellow way. So we do some duets where I play acoustic piano and he plays the electric guitar."
McLaughlin told iheartguitar.blogspot.com that both he and Corea have a "mutual history, a combined history." He added that even though the Five Peace Band is their first group outing together, they have performed together before: "What we’ve done over the years is played many times in duo together, piano and guitar. And this is something that we really love to do [On the tour] we do it every night at some point, we’ll just get together, just the two of us on stage. It’s very special We have a very strong complicity, in a way. It’s just such a joy with this band. They’re such great musicians and great human beings too."
THE COMPLETE FIVE PEACE BAND TOUR SCHEDULE:
Chick Corea & John McLaughlin with Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett and Vinnie Colaiuta:
19-Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Royce Hall
20-Santa Barbara, CA: Campbell Hall at UCSB
21-Berkeley, CA: Zellerbach Hall
24-Modesto, CA: Gallo Center for the Arts
25-Denver, CO: The Paramount Theatre
Chick Corea & John McLaughlin with Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett and Brian Blade:
27-Miami, FL: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
28- Savannah, GA: Savannah Music Festival
29-Atlanta, GA: The Variety Playhouse
31-Dallas, TX: House of Blues
1-Houston, TX: Verizon Wireless Theater
2-Austin, TX: Bass Concert Hall
3-Chicago, IL: The Chicago Theatre
4-Ann Arbor, MI: Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan
6-Nashville, TN: Schermerhorn Symphony Center
7-Urbana, IL: Krannert Center
23 25-New York, NY: Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center
26-Glenside, PA: The Keswick Theatre
28-Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
29-N. Bethesda, MD: The Music Center at Strathmore
30-Boston, MA: Berklee Performance Center
1-Burlington, VT: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
For more information please contact:
Julie Murray Porter