I get a call very late one night from Chick Corea and he says “what are doing”. I say I am very tired going to bed. He says why don’t you grab your trumpet and alto and come over. It’s like getting a call from Mozart how can you say no. I get there literally half asleep and he was rehearsing his Origin band rhythm section with Avishai Cohen on bass and Adam Cruz on drums. We do 2 tunes one take each and I go back home back to bed. Next day he hands me this tape. What a joy to play with this band real loose swingin jazz at it’s best and Chick Corea who is at a whole other level as an artist truly a privilege.
This is a recording I did with my dear friend and jazz legend Chick Corea on his beautiful composition Crystal Silence. We were working on it when he passed and Bernie Kirsh his engineer and dear friend of 45 years also a close friend of mine graciously finished it for me. Chick left a vacuum impossible to fill an artist of this magnitude comes around every 200 years like Mozart. Be well Chick we all miss you and you made the world a better place. Keep creating as I am sure you will. Much Love , Glenn
What a joy and privilege to make music with an artist at this level my good friend Chick Corea.
From Chick Corea : From the GZ archives: a bright 12 bar blues jam inspired by Miles Davis’ Walking with Chick’s Origin band rhythm section – Avishai Cohen on bass and Adam Cruz on drums.
From Glenn Zottola – I get a call very late one night from Chick Corea and he says “what are doing”. I say I am very tired going to bed. He says why don’t you grab your trumpet and alto and come over. It’s like getting a call from Mozart how can you say no. I get there literally half asleep and we do 2 tunes one take each and I go back home back to bed. Next day he hands me this tape. What a joy to play with this band real loose swingin jazz at it’s best.
I have been so fortunate in my career to become friends with and make music with many legends. Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Gerry Mulligan just to name a few. There is one living legend in Jazz who is still at the top of his game and who is also a dear friend, Chick Corea, who is up for 5 Grammys this year 2013 and 62 lifetime nominations tied with John Williams just behind Quincy Jones and Henry Mancini which for someone who has dedicated himself to art and jazz his whole life is beyond belief. I am quite honored that Chick approved posting of these tracks below that I would like to include someday in an anthology of my life’s work. Interesting story on this first tune “But Not For Me”, and why jazz is such an amazing art form. I get a call one night from Chick late and he says “what are you doing?”, I say I am tired and going to bed. He says “why don’t you grab your horns and come over the house”, which I did as when someone at the level of Chick Corea requests your presence you don’t say no as it is like getting a call from Mozart ! So I show up at his house and he has his trio there who I never met before and he has been rehearsing for a tour. He says graciously “what do you want to play” and I say how about “But Not For Me” the Miles Davis arrangement. We do one take and then a second tune “Walkin” and I pack up and go back home and go to bed. The next day Chick hands me a tape as he recorded it and this is what I hear below. This music is of the highest level aesthetically. Enjoy! Glenn
But Not For Me
The following tracks follow the trio session and are some “casual” sessions we did at Chicks house very unique as you will here Chick not on Piano but playing Drums with the flavor of Elvin Jones and Marimba on Autumn Leaves !! The bass player is the great Avishai Cohen who was the bassist in Chicks trio at the time. This is the way I started musicians getting together and truly “playing” for no other purpose than having fun and communicating with with each other. I am playing alto, tenor and trumpet. Enjoy it as I did ! Glenn
Another track “Everything Happens To Me” with me playing tenor and alto , Avishai Cohen on bass and Chick on drums .
Everything Happens To Me :
A little “quip” here and had to put it on as such amazing piano playing from Chick reminding of an album Art Tatum did with Ben Webster.
Don’t blame me :
Quite awhile back I asked Chick to make me a track to overdub when I first started experimenting with Tenor. He came back from tour and said he heard Sonny Rollins play this song and thought about me which was very nice. He did this track all by himself off the cuff for me playing drums and everything else and gave me a tape to play with.
They Say That Falling In love Is Wonderful :