ou've released at least five albums within the last three years, either as a sol o artist, with Return to Forever

and Gary Burton. How do you explain your prolif ic output at this stage of your career? I feel happiest when I'm making music. And I like to try a lot of different appr oaches. It's challenging and makes for some pretty interesting adventures. Is there anything that you've yet to accomplish or attempt that you would like t o do? Oh, there's never a lack of possible adventures and challenges. Sometimes the ha rd part is choosing the next path or project out of the many possibilities. You've done several duet albums with other prominent artists. Who else would you like to build with in that capacity? Duets are intimate and open and can be very free range to explore. There are so many musicians I admire that I would like to play with - duet or whatever. Arguably your most influential album, what was your though process going into th e recording Now He Sings, Now He Sobs? When I recorded Now He Sings, I was the pianist in the Stan Getz Quartet - learn ing so much playing with him, Steve Swallow on bass and the great Roy Haynes on drums. I had already been experimenting with a freer approach to the standard ja zz rhythm section inspired by the current work of Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane and Cecil Taylor. So when I was invited to make this trio recording - the origi nal label was "Solid State" I believe - I wanted to try pairing Roy Haynes with the then newcomer to NYC from Czechoslovakia, Miroslav Vitous. We went into the studio one day and recorded for about 4 or 5 hours. Mostly 1st takes. What role has Scientology played in your development as an artist? The books, lectures, courses and social betterment plans that L. Ron Hubbard ori ginated have been a source of continual inspiration to me since I first read his 1st published book, Dianetics - The Modern Science Of Mental Health. In order t o make the music I want to make, I figure I need to stay healthy and alive - lea rning how to use Scientology correctly helps me accomplish that. I read you are known for fundraising for social issues including eradicating soc ial illiteracy, how did you become involved with this issue? I also enjoy helping forward the social programs of Scientology like the ones th at help people off drugs, the literacy programs, and the Human Rights programs. I like teaming with other people who like to do something about improving our li ving conditions. How do you feel about the term Latin Jazz? I think we should all be free to express ourselves any way we want - and that ap plies to how we talk about music and art. As music terms go, "Latin Jazz" commun icates to me pretty well. I think of Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Ray Barreto, and newcomers like Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Miguel Zenon and Henry Cole. What early influences led to the forming of the Chick Corea Elektric Band? I wanted to try another version of the "electric jazz" direction. A friend of mi ne once called that music "hard jazz." I like that term too. Would you ever consider reforming a new Chick Corea Elektric Band and who would

Charles Altura is an unusually gi fted young guitarist . in a way. You have played with and formed many bands over your illustrious career.plays both electric and acoustic beautifully and has a se nsitive approach on the guitar that is very refreshing. Each musician is an "original. The band's new recording is done and will be released soon. All new music a a ve ry exciting adventure for me. .I get some new techniques and ways to approach music. Hadrien Feraud is a young Frenchman who has virtuosically mast ered the electric bass in the lineage of Stanley Clarke and Jaco Pastorius. and is there a CD coming out with this band and new compositions? My new band has these qualities I'm happy to say.and old music mate of mine since our Remembering Bud Pow ell project back in the '90s. my current band "Chick Core and The Vigil" is.electric and acoustic . I also look interested in experiencing whom I feel I can get in great rapport with. And Christian McBride is of course the amazingly accomplish bassist who is at home w ith any form of music . Marcus Gil more on the drums has a completely unique approach to "jazz drumming" but also c an interpret any style of music easily.you handpick to be the band? Well. Both Marcus and Tim helped me perform an d record my 2nd piano concerto The Continents. " you might say. The inst do like the rhythm section of keyboards. bass and dru for musicians who are doing something unique . Can you tell us about the new band The Vigil. What is your process for selecting the band members? Usually I go for musicians rument is secondary. in that direction also . Tim Garland is an older friend from my '90s band Origin who is both a brilliant saxophone player and innovative orchestral composer. There are 2 bassists for Vigil right now. But I ms as a basic.attempting to cover a wide range of musical appr oaches.

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