April 2021


Chick Corea (1941–2021)

‘The Joy of Creating’

DownBeat pays tribute to one of the most revered musicians of his generation. He was born Armando Anthony Corea in Chelsea, Massachusetts, but he was known around the world by his nickname, “Chick.” Our cover story traces the arc of his long, fruitful career. Also, throughout this issue, we celebrate the life and music of an artist who helped shape the direction of modern jazz.

  • John Patitucci

    Sustained Intensity

    Beyond his high-profile work with Chick Corea and Wayne Shorter, bassist Patitucci has been an important presence on the New York scene since he moved back to the city from the West Coast more than 25 years ago.

  • John Santos

    ‘The Roots Are Still Firm’

    Percussionist and bandleader Santos has a foundation in what he refers to as “traditional” music, but has played and recorded with figures from across the spectrum of Latin music, jazz and rock.

Blindfold Test

Chick Corea was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Marian McPartland: “Matrix” from Portrait Of Marian McPartland (Concord)
  • Carmen Bradford: “High Wire” from With Respect (Evidence)
  • Philip Bailey: “Sometime Ago” from Soul On Jazz (Heads Up International)
  • Dave Samuels: “Hand Me Down” from Tjader-ized: A Cal Tjader Tribute (Verve)
  • Tito Puente & His Latin Ensemble: “Spain” from Sensación (Concord Picante)
  • Taylor Eigsti Trio: “Got A Match?” from Resonance (Bop City Records)
Also in this Issue
2021 International Jazz Camp Guide
Gear Showcase
  • Best of NAMM’s Believe in Music Week
Jazz On Campus
  • Tech Training Empowers Teens

PLUS: Dozens of album reviews, product reviews and much more!