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Corea competes against himself at Grammys

February 2, 2013 • Entertainment


FILE – In this July 1, 2012 file photo, U.S. pianist Chick Corea during the 46th Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland. Last year, the 71-year-old jazz pianist and composer released four major recordings covering a wide gamut of music _ electric and acoustic, originals and standards, everything from solo piano improvisations to a concerto for jazz quintet and chamber orchestra. (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron, file)

NEW YORK (AP) — Chick Corea took the unusual step of releasing four major recordings last year covering a wide gamut of music — everything from solo piano improvisations to a concerto for jazz quintet and chamber orchestra.

Now, the 71-year-old jazz pianist and composer is in the unusual position of competing against himself in two categories at the Feb. 10 awards show in Los Angeles.

“People in the music business say don’t make too many records because they’ll compete against one another,” Corea said in a phone interview. “Well, it’s exactly what’s happening, but I’m very happy about it because what I love to do is making a lot of music.”

His album “Hot House,” the latest chapter in his 40-year partnership with vibraphonist Gary Burton, has three nominations — best jazz instrumental album, Login to read more

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