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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

CHICK COREA'S HISTORIC "RENDEZVOUS IN NEW YORK" :: : The Number One Jazz News Resource On The Net :: Jazz News Daily

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CD Releases 10-DVD Box Set Celebrates Career of Legendary Jazz Pianist and Composer

"CHICK COREA: RENDEZVOUS IN NEW YORK" is set to be released on DVD for $99.99 (MSRP) on September 20 by Image Entertainment. This elegantly packaged 10 volume premium box set captures the sweep of Corea's illustrious, limit-stretching four decade career as he brings together world-renowned artists from his groundbreaking past and present ensembles in a musical reunion of unprecedented proportions. This monumental live concert package, shot in stunning 24p High Definition TV and Digital Surround Sound, was produced during the recording of the Grammy-winning double album, "Rendezvous In New York" (Stretch/Concord Records and Universal International), over three consecutive weeks at New York's famed Blue Note jazz club.

The project was directed by David Niles and produced by Ideal Entertainment in association with Colossalvision and Chick Corea Productions. States producer Jon Shapiro, "Our firm specializes in mainstream music and motion picture productions so a project like this was a challenge given the extraordinary artistry and the intimate club environment, yet an incredible honor to be working with Chick and so many talented musicians. From a marketing standpoint, the box set offers something for every jazz enthusiast or music fan and will be solidly positioned at retail for the holidays. It will make a great gift."

"CHICK COREA: RENDEZVOUS IN NEW YORK" captures the prolific pianist and composer in concert for 21 consecutive nights with an impressive roster of musicians familiar to jazz fans worldwide. Offering an unprecedented musical retrospective of classic and contemporary jazz, mixing duos and trios, quartets and ensembles, Corea reunites nine different bands he's led beginning with his first trio of 39 years ago! Career retrospectives are often the province of jazz festivals such as Montreal, JVC NY and Monterey, and performing art center subscription series such as JALC, SF Jazz and Ravinia. But those are usually condensed snapshots; while a consecutive three-week run in a jazz club is more than ambitious, it's virtually groundbreaking and has never been done by an artist of Corea's stature. The box set contains each of the nine bands' performances on an individual DVD with remarks by Corea, and includ! es a bonus DVD, "RENDEZVOUS IN NEW YORK - The Movie", narrated by Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day) which also includes footage of Chick and his fellow band members off stage for rare, intimate reflections on musical partners and creative collaborations.

"CHICK COREA: RENDEZVOUS IN NEW YORK" features duets with long-time collaborators:

o Gary Burton
o Bobby McFerrin
o Gonzalo Rubalcaba
..and trios featuring:
o Chick Corea Akoustic Band (with John Patitucci and Dave Weckl)
o "Now He Sings, Now He Sobs" Trio (with Miroslav Vitous and Roy Haynes)
o Remembering Bud Powell Band (with Terence Blanchard, Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, and Roy Haynes) well as ensemble performances by:
o Chick Corea & Origin (with Avishai Cohen, Jeff Ballard, Steve Wilson, Steve Davis, and Tim Garland)
o Chick Corea New Trio (with Avishai Cohen and Jeff Ballard)
o Three Quartets Band (with Michael Brecker, Steve Gadd, and Eddie Gomez).

Chick Corea has performed on over 100 albums during the course of his career, with 45 Grammy nominations and 12 Grammy Awards, including Best Jazz Instrumental Solo for "CHICK COREA: RENDEZVOUS IN NEW YORK", of which Billboard Magazine said, "...each (of Corea's collaborations) provides another window into the pianist's boundless ingenuity." Jazz Review hails "Rendezvous In New York" as "one of the most exceptional shows one could hope to see... proof on all fronts that Chick is the ever-evolving genius, whose fire continues to burn".

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