Candid Records plans to release some of Corea’s last live performances on the 3-volume vinyl and 2-CD The Future Is Now. The release date is planned for November 3, 2023.

Corea was nominated over 70 times for a Grammy Award and won an astounding 27 times. He was also a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master. He founded the jazz-fusion Elektric Band in 1986. The original lineup, in addition to Corea on keyboard, consisted of Eric Marienthal on saxophone, Frank Gambale on guitar, John Patituci on electric bass, and Dave Wecki on drums. The band itself was twice nominated for a Grammy Award.

The original members of the Elektric Band reunited early in the 21st Century and toured during 2016, 2017 & 2018. The Future Is Now features some incredible and previously unreleased live recordings captured during the band’s tour stops during this time. Chick Corea himself compiled these tracks for the album before his passing in February of 2021.

Beginning with the lively “Charged Particles” through the somber and mysterious “Jocelyn – The Commander” to the joyful and exuberant “Got A Match,” the performances transport the listener to another realm. The 3-volume vinyl LP and 2 disc CD adds to the legacy of an artist who has truly achieved legendary status. The release also features in depth liner notes from Corea and all of the Elektric Band members.

The Future Is Now follows Candid Records September 15, 2023, release of Sardinia, another album of previously unreleased live recordings. Sardinia features Mozart’s Piano

Concerto No. 24, and George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue.” Corea recorded that album while performing with the Orchestra da Camera della Sardegna under the direction of conductor Simone Pittau in Sardinia, Italy, in 2018.

The release of both The Future Is Now and Sardinia is in keeping with Candid Records legacy of making available quality music. Candid will further honor Chick Corea and the Elektric Band by releasing the band’s original five albums as a box set. The Complete Studio Recordings 1986-1991 will be available on December 1, 2023.

It was in the mid-1980s when a friend of mine named Tom invited me over to his house to hear his new Onkyo Stereo system with a brand new CD player. I had never heard what a CD sounded like before. He sat me in the middle of the couch and hit play on the CD player. Instantly, I felt like the character in the old Memorex commercials. My hair blew back as adrenalin began rushing through my body. I had never heard a sound like what I was hearing at that moment. I have two very distinctive memories of that moment that I have never forgotten. The first was the sound quality of the CD. It sounded like the drummer’s bass drum was in the room with me. In fact, it sounded like the entire band was playing in the living room. It was like being in the front row of the Blue Note Cafe, listening to a live band.

The second and even more important memory was that of the music itself. I was knocked out by the musicianship. I had never heard anyone play drums, bass, guitar, or keyboards like the musicians I was listening to on that CD. I asked my friend to tell me the name of the group. He responded that it was Chick Corea’s new group called the Chick Corea Elektric Band, and the song was called “Rumble.”

From that point on, I became a huge fan of the Chick Corea Elektric Band. Every time the group released a new album, it was like Christmas morning. I had heard of Chick Corea before and had some Return To Forever albums in my collection. Yet the Chick Corea Elektric Band spoke to me differently. This group would turn on a lot of rock fans to fusion who were too young to embrace the ’60s and ’70s jazz fusion movements. Chick Corea’s Elektric Band was the group that helped bring new fans to the jazz world. The group also fueled a new movement in Jazz fusion in the 80s that has continued to this day.

It has been a long time since fans of the Chick Corea Elektric Band celebrated the release of a new Chick Corea Elektric Band album. However, the celebration will soon begin once again as Candid Records plans to release the first new Chick Corea Elektric Band album since To the Stars was released in 2004.  (The Live In Toyko 2017 release was just a reissue of the second CD on GRP Live in Concert issued in 1988.)

Chick Corea passed away in 2021. Up to the point of his passing, he had been working on the release of this new album.  The Future Is Now is a 2 CD Live album fueled by nine tracks across both CDs or three vinyl LPs. All the songs on this 2 CD or 3 LP set were performed live not too long ago. The performances took place at various locations, such as Catalina’s in Los Angeles in 2016, Blue Note New York in October of 2016, Blue Note Tokyo in March of 2017, Sonoma California in August of 2017 and Catalina’s Los Angeles in May of 2018. Of course, it being a Chick Corea Elektric Band album, these live performances are very much extended versions of the studio releases that were found on various Chick Corea Elektric Band albums.

With age also comes musical growth. Many musicians get better as they age. Of course, it may be hard to fathom that this incredible group of musicians could get better, but listening through this live album, it’s amazing how each one of these individual musicians, from Chick Corea to John Patitucci to Frank Gambale to Eric Marienthal and, of course, Dave Weckl has continued to grow musically. The group has never sounded better. The double CD closes with a phenomenal almost twenty version of “Got A Match,” originally released on the band’s debut album in 1986. Chick Corea still made use of his pitch bend during his solos, which helped him create such an original sound. Chick Corea was a musician who, despite his virtuoso acoustic piano skills, embraced technology early on. He was a trendsetter in the way his former band leader Miles Davis was. This 2 CD or three-LP set is a clear reminder of his talents, his visions, and his ability to work with the finest musicians on the planet, making them even better as a group. That was the Chick Corea Elektric Band.

You can pre-order the new album and all other Chick Corea Elektric Band albums and releases on the link below. Candid Records has done a great job with the quality of this release. They had to… it’s Chick Corea.