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♪ [applause] CHICK COREA: Marcus Gilmore on the drums [applause] Carlitos Del Puerto on the bass [applause] [applause] Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Any of you, uh, like Domenico Scarlatti? Scarlatti, that’s how I– Dom Scarlatti
[laughter] He wrote 550 piano sonatas, uh, without a piano. He wrote them with harpsichord. Anybody ever hear of Domenico Scarlatti? [weak audience applause]
Eh, OK, meh [laughter] That’s what happens when I’m so excited
about it Domenico who? Anyway, no problem, [laughter] He’s my thing. Um, yeah, he wrote these wonderful piano sonatas. Uh, like I said, he wrote them on harpsichord. I picture myself sitting down with him and having a conversation, cause I think we’d have a lot in common. So, I’m gonna improvise something for him, and then we’re gonna play one of
his 550 sonatas. And then we’re going to morph that into a piece written by Bud Powell, another one of my mentors and teachers. Thank you. [applause] Marcus Gilmore on the drums
[applause] [applause] Carlitos Del Puerto on the bass
[applause] [applause] Thank you very much. How’s the sound out there?
[applause] I got a really nice piano to tune and a really nice piano tuner, so we’re good this week. [laughter] Actually, you know, the piano, the piano technician is like 80% of the, of the piano. You can have a great piano and it’s not prepared well, and it’s a dog. [laughter] Ok, enough about piano. Let’s see. [laughter] How about, how about we, uh, wanna play Zyryab? Let’s play Zyryab. Zyryab lived in the 700s. The, it was the eighth century. He lived in Iraq and North Africa. He was an oud player, a composer, a poet, a teacher, an astronomer, a meteorologist, a botanist, a chemist, a cosmetician, cosmologists, I mean, no— the— cosmetics.
[crowd laughter] Geography, he, he was learned in geography, The culinary arts, fashion [laughter] And more.
[laughter] I, I, I heard that, uh, Zyryab, uh, was the guy that invented utensils. Like brought ut— yeah, eating with utensils. He was quite a guy. Anyway, the reason why I’m telling you all of that is because Paco de Lucía, the great flamenco guitarist made an
album dedicated to Zyryab, which I was honored to play on many years ago, and this is one, this is the title track of the record, which is Paco’s composition. And it’s an honor to Zyryab, because, uh, because Paco feels, and a lot of, uh,
musicians feel that Zyryab was real the guy who brought the eastern, Middle Eastern influence of oud and, uh into flamenco music. So that’s why Paco gives him such a tribute. So we’d like to play Paco’s tune. Or try to play it. It, it’s tricky.
[chuckles] This is called Zyryab. [applause overtop music] [applause] Marcus Gilmore
[applause] [applause] Carlitos Del Puerto
[applause] [applause] We got one more for you. This is, uh, this is a, a little tune Is it a tune? I don’t know what it is. Can, can you call this a song? Oh, you don’t even know what we’re gonna play, right? [laughs] [laughter] Wayne Shorter wrote, wrote a classic called “Footprints,” and then, uh, then you know Miles and that great quintet recorded that, and they played it a lot. I played it with Miles, too, when, when I first joined the band, Wayne, uh, they were still, the quinet was still playing Wayne Shorter tunes. And so we got to play “Footprints.” Anyway, I wrote a tune in answer sorta to Wayne’s “Footprints.” This is called “Fingerprints.” [laughter] [applause] Marcus Gilmore on drums, Carlitos Del Puerto on the bass.
[applause] Chick Corea on the piano Thank you all for coming out, you’ve been great. Thank you. [applause]