Chick Corea, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Chick Corea (illustration by Charles Haymes)
Chick Corea (illustration by Charles Haymes)

“I remember the first record store that I used to go to on Mass. Ave. in Boston, where I grew up. There was a guy who worked there named Jimmy, who was a friend to me and my drummer buddy Lenny Nelson. And I remember going in there and checking with Jimmy on the release of some of the records that I was waiting to get.

I think that it was probably later on, but I remember hearing about the first Miles Davis solo album. It was called ‘Dig,’ and it had Sonny Rollins on it. And Horace Silver and Percy Heath and, I think, Art Blakey, too.

I used to go by the store and ask Jimmy, ‘Is it in yet? Is it in yet?’ And I remember that when it finally did come in, me and my friend Lenny just devoured the album.

But actually some of the very first records that I remember listening to were 78s that my dad owned – things like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie’s recordings on Roost and some of Bud Powell’s music.”

A DownBeat Hall of Famer, 18-time Grammy Award-winner, brilliant American composer and undisputed keyboard virtuoso, Chick Corea steps into the spotlight for a solo piano concert at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center in Albany at 7:30pm on Wednesday (April 4). Tix are $35; VIP tix including pre-concert reception are $75. UPDATE: This concert is now officially sold out.

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