Hear Chick Corea explore his Spanish and Latin influences on ‘Antidote’

    The jazz pianist’s debut album with the Spanish Heart Band.

    Chick Corea
    Chick Corea. Image: Concord Music Group

    Last Friday, Chick Corea released Antidote, his first-ever album with the Spanish Heart Band. The record comprises reworked cuts from Corea’s albums My Spanish Heart (1976) and Touchstone (1982), as well as new compositions and standards.

    On this 11-track record, the celebrated jazz pianist delves more deeply into his Spanish, Latin and flamenco influences. “My genetics are Italian,” Corea said in a statement, “but my heart is Spanish. I grew up with that music. This new band is a mix of all the wonderful and various aspects of my love and lifetime experience with these rhythms that have been such a big part of my musical heritage.”

    The eight-piece Spanish Heart Band includes flamenco guitarist Niño Josele, Cuban bassist Carlitos Del Puerto, Venezuelan percussionist Luisito Quintero, just to name a few. Rubén Blades, Gayle Moran Corea and Maria Bianca appear on the record as guest vocalists.

    Stream Antidote below:

    And watch a clip of Corea working in the studio and discussing the album in its trailer here: