Friday, October 12, 2018

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea

Artist:Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea
Song:Someday My Prince Will Come
Album:A Jazz Collection

Of course Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea are legendary jazz pianists best known as jazz fusion pioneers in the 70s. But their longevity is because both guys can play any kind of music on any kind of keyboard. This recording is from a 1978 tour they did together. As I said, both guys were very successful in fusion music. Hancock had great success with his band The Headhunters which mixed jazz and funk. Corea's band Return To Forever had similar success. But by the late 70s both guys were getting back into jazz. Hancock was touring with his band V.S.O.P. and Return To Forever had become a jazz group featuring Corea's singer wife Gayle Moran. The video clip is from a 1974 episode of the PBS series Soundstage. This broadcast encouraged Hancock and Corea to tour together. And that's what they did in 1978. There is no band. It's just the two of them playing grand pianos which is a little different than the electronic keyboards they used on Soundstage. The concerts were recorded. Hancock was on Columbia and Corea was on Polydor. So the deal was each label would release a 2LP set of the recordings. Columbia released An Evening With Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea: In Concert and Polydor released CoreaHancock. Someday My Prince Will Come is from the Columbia album. Of course Someday My Prince Will Come is from the 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Miles Davis turned it into a jazz standard and Hancock and Corea performed it as a tribute to Davis. Unfortunately the Columbia album is out of print. But three songs from the album including Someday My Prince Will Come are on this 1991 Herbie Hancock budget comp. Corea also recorded Someday My Prince Will Come with his 80s Chick Corea Akoustic Band and later with The Peace Band featuring John McLaughlin. After the tour, Hancock and Corea returned to their individual careers and both guys are still going strong today. Here's Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea performing Someday My Prince Will Come on PBS Soundstage 1974.

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