Rearranging Chick Corea (set list included)

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The chart was a beautiful arrangement of the playful tune. It was my favorite chart, with "What Was" running a close second. Other

highlights of the evening were a twin sax solo by Valerie Gillespie

(alto) and Jack Wilkins (tenor) and top-notch 'bone work by Tom Brantley on "Matrix."

Set List:
Prelude: "Tarwathi" (C. Owen)

1. "The One Step" (arr. Michael Abene) from Friends
2. "What Was" (arr. Lyle Mays) from Now He Sings, Now He Sobs
3. "Straight Up and Down" (arr. Slide Hampton) from Tones for Joan's Bones
4. "But Beautiful" (R. Rodgers), trio setting with Mark Neuenschwander, bass, and Danny Gottlieb on drums.
5."Matrix" (arr. Erlend Skomsvoll) from Now he Sings, Now He Sobs
6. "Arabian Nights" (arr. Chuck Owen) from The Ultimate Adventure

Chick and the Jazz Surge play another set Monday night at 8 p.m. at USF's Tampa Campus, in Theatre 1. Not sure about ticket availability at this late hour. The program listed 5 other tunes that he did not play Saturday night, so I would expect you have a good chance to hear "Armando's Rhumba," "Lithia," "Duende," "The Loop" and "Windows."


ST. PETERSBURG — Chick Corea lives in Tampa Bay, but you can count on one hand, I believe, the number of times he has played here. That alone would make Saturday night's Palladium concert special. But throw in special big band arrangements of his songs as part of the USF Jazz Masterworks series, the excellent Chuck Owen and Jazz Surge providing backing and Chick being honored as a Distinguished Jazz Master and it was a night to remember.

Chick took the stage after a textural and atmospheric chart by bandleader (and USF Distinguished Professor) Chuck Owen called "Tarwathi," which recalled Lyle Mays at his best. Chick was his usual and relaxed self, and he spoke briefly to the audience before announcing the first song would be "The One Step." He struggled to remember which disc it was originally on (someone down front, probably WUSF's Bob Seymour, reminded him it was Friends) and then realized he had come to the stage without his charts. "I haven't played this song in a long time," he quipped as he disappeared backstage.

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