Chick Corea The Spanish Heart Band - Antidote
Written by Debra C. Argen   
Chick Corea The Spanish Heart Band - Antidote American Jazz pianist, keyboardist and composer Chick Corea has over 20 Grammy awards to his name and 63 nominations, so it came as no surprise to learn that his latest album, Chick Corea The Spanish Heart Band - Antidote, has earned a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album. The 11-track release on the Concord Jazz label is 74-minutes of pure listening pleasure. Special guests joining Chick Corea and The Spanish Heart Band (Marcus Gilmore, Carlitos Del Puerto, Jorge Pardo, Niño Josele, Steve Davis, Michael Rodriguez, Luisito Quintero, Nino de los Reyes) on this stellar release include vocals by Ruben Blades, Gayle Moran Corea, and Maria Bianca. Come the 62nd Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020, I will be cheering for a win for Chick Corea The Spanish Heart Band - Antidote


Chick Corea The Spanish Heart Band - Antidote 

Chick Corea The Spanish Heart Band - Antidote      

Chick Corea The Spanish Heart Band - AntidoteAntidote,Duende, The Yellow Nimbus - Part 1, The Yellow Nimbus - Part 2, Prelude to My Spanish Heart, Armando's Rhumba, Desafinado, Zyryab, Pas de Deux, Admiration

Chick Corea

Chick Corea The Spanish Heart Band PersonnelChick Corea: piano and keyboards, Marcus Gilmore: drums, Carlitos Del Puerto: bass, Jorge Pardo: flute and sax, Niño Josele: guitar, Steve Davis: trombone, Michael Rodriguez: trumpet, Luisito Quintero: percussion, Nino de los Reyes: dancer

Chick Corea The Spanish Heart Band
The Spanish Heart Band

Special Guest VocalistsRuben Blades, Gayle Moran Corea, and Maria Bianca

Chick Corea The Spanish Heart Band - Antidote was produced by Chick Corea and released on the Concord Jazz label.

Chick Corea writes, "My genetics are Italian, but my heart is Spanish. I grew up with that music. This new band is a mix of all the wonderful and various aspects of my love and lifetime experience with these rhythms that have been such a big part of my musical heritage."

Chick Corea The Spanish Heart Band - Antidote is horn rich in sound with saxophone, trumpet, and trombone and sparkles with crystalline piano elements that dazzle the senses. Add in the combination of Ruben Blades' vocals on the title track, Antidote, and midway through the release on the track My Spanish Heart, Chick's wife,Gayle Moran Corea, adding her voice to the vocal choir on Prelude and My Spanish Heart, and Maria Bianca on Desafinado, and you have a powerful release that will long resonate with listeners. 

Chick Corea and Ruben Blades
Chick Corea and Ruben Blades

The Yellow Nimbus - Part 2 has a beautiful Spanish guitar intro that provides the perfect segue into the stellar piano work. Put on your dancing shoes for track 7, Armando's Rhumba with its sensual horn arrangements, stunning flute work by Jorge Pardo, and gorgeous piano. Chick and the band slide into track 8, Desafinado with its samba-like rhythms and Maria Bianca's lovely vocals singing in Portuguese. In a time when downloads are the norm, this release deserves listeners to pick up a "hardcopy" as the CD comes with a great booklet of photos, lyrics, and translations from Spanish to English, and Portuguese to English, to fully appreciate the brilliant lyrics.

The hauntingly beautiful piano work on Admiration closesout the release, Chick Corea The Spanish Heart Band - Antidote, which should come with a warning label on the front of the album stating the addictive nature of this beautiful release. Listen once and you will be convinced that multiple plays are required to fully appreciate this amazing release by one of the legendary Jazz masters, Chick Corea.

Chick Corea

Until next time, keep enjoying the music!

For more information on Chick Corea please visit his website: www.chickcorea.com. For his upcoming tour calendar, please visit the website: http://chickcorea.com/concerts/

Website where you can procure Chick Corea The Spanish Heart Band - Antidote: https://www.amazon.com/Spanish-Heart-Band-Antidote/dp/B07RJ9R8HM 

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