Chinese Butterfly, Corea & Gadd’s debut double studio album, featuring five epic
new Corea compositions, is scheduled for release January 19, 2018 via Concord Jazz.
The album’s title hints at the rare and transfixing beauty of its music. Chick and
Steve use their shared history of fearless innovation as a launching pad, pushing
into new territory with an inspired band of collaborators: Benin-
The album is the realization of a long-
Corea and Gadd first crossed paths in 1965, when Corea briefly joined up with Gadd’s regular gig in Chuck Mangione’s band. Over the next 10 years, Chick became one of the most influential keyboardists and composers of his generation, in jazz or any other genre. Steve, likewise, became a drum legend, laying down ageless, iconic rhythms with Paul Simon, Steely Dan and countless others.
In 1972, Corea reimagined his pioneering Brazilian outfit Return to Forever as an
electric band, and Gadd became its first drummer. His commitments as the most in-
By the time they cleared their schedules to get together at Corea’s Florida studio
in early 2017, their unique chemistry provided Chick with a burst of compositional
inspiration, beginning with "Like I Was Sayin’” and the playfully titled "Gadd-