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May 10, 2024



“I know it sounds unlikely. But it really happened.
Once upon a time, I played banjo in a duo with Chick Corea.”—Béla

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When the 18-time Grammy Award-winning banjoist speaks of his years-long collaboration with the late pianist Chick Corea, he can sound like a bashful student musician, still obviously in awe of the jazz titan whose impact transformed him as a teenager in the ’70s. “I just feel so lucky to have played with him in such an intimate way, and to have gotten to know him so well,” Fleck says.

Their new and final duo album Remembrance is out now, and serves as a moving final document of the profound creative and personal rapport that Fleck and Corea first showcased at album length with 2007’s Latin Grammy-winning The Enchantment. It’s also a crucial addendum to Corea’s legacy, featuring three previously unreleased Corea compositions as well as five short free improvisations, or impromptus, that Fleck has infused with written music.

Remembrance is available here on LP, CD and all streaming platforms.

Recorded both live in concert, during the duo’s final tour dates in 2019, and via traded sound files, in the midst of the Covid pandemic, Remembrance runs the stylistic gamut — from Corea’s additional unreleased tunes “Enut Nital” (or “Latin Tune”, spelled backwards), and his harmonic wonderland “Continuance,” an older work that resurfaced in the duo’s setlist, to new Fleck compositions, like the ebullient “Juno,” through clairvoyant interpretations of Thelonious Monk and Scarlatti, to challenging exercises, like Fleck’s “Small Potatoes,” that evoke Corea’s unsung work in the jazz avant-garde.

“The Otter Creek Incident,” the third single from the album, follows “Juno” and “Remembrance.” “Chick surprised me one day by sending ‘Enut Nital,’ Fleck remembers. “I played on it and sent it back and he responded, ‘Now it’s your turn! Write something and send it to me to play on, Fleck’. I thought hard about what to send him, and ended up attempting a blend of roots music and jazz harmony, but with a little of The Police thrown in. And he nailed it…”

“We pushed this duo to a new place before we ran out of time,” adds Fleck, who produced Remembrance. “We have here another cool look at Chick Corea, at the different ways that he can play that we wouldn’t have had. There’s a lot of great Chick Corea out there, and this is different.”

“With Béla, our duet has become so simpatico, and comfortable–comfortable spiritually.” Corea said in 2015. “And not meaning that we’re not adventuring musically, but I know that whatever we’re going to do is going to be musical.”

Corea’s death in 2021, of cancer at age 79, devastated the jazz community, who saw the pianist as a constant international presence, a vibrant musician who never ceased touring and recording. “It was a deep shock,” says Fleck, who also released an inspired live project with Corea, Two, in 2015. “It was one of the special relationships in my life. He was just so kind to me, and so helpful, and I learned so much from him.”

“He found the good in everything,” Fleck adds. “I’m just so glad to be a part of this — glad I could be with him, and glad there’s more to share.”

On May 4, Béla Fleck returned to Carnegie Hall for a triumphant, career-spanning night where he debuted his version “Rhapsody in Blue” in New York City with an orchestra and collaborated with Bruce Hornsby, Zakir Hussain, Anat Cohen and his Grammy-winning project, My Bluegrass Heart. He was a special guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where Béla and the Late Show Band performed Fleck’s music alongside “Rhapsody,” and is on the cover of the April 2024 Downbeat.

Fleck will be touring throughout 2024 in a quartet with Zakir Hussain Edgar Meyer and Rakesh Chaurasia, a trio with Edmar Casteñada and Antonio Sanchez, as well as his duo with Abigail Washburn and with symphony orchestra. Full dates are below, with more on the way.

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Chick Corea & Béla Fleck
Remembrance track listing

1. The Otter Creek Incident (Béla Fleck)
2. impromptu III: march hare
3. Enut Nital (Chick Corea)
4. impromptu II: mock turtle
5. Bemsha Swing (Thelonious Monk, Denzil Best)
6. Lucky Bounce
7. impromptu I: cheshire
8. Remembrance (Chick Corea)
9. Juno (Béla Fleck)
10. Scarlatti Sonatas (Domenico Scarlatti, arr.. By Corea, Fleck)
11. impromptu V: jabberwocky
12. Small Potatoes
13. Continuance (Chick Corea)
14. impromptu IV: gentleman fish
Listen to Remembrance
Béla Fleck Tour Dates
May 18 Springfield, OH Springfield Symphony Orchestra @ Clark State PAC ~
May 31- June 2 Tokyo, Japan Blue Note Tokyo ^
June 13 Groton, MA Groton Hill Music Center #
June 14 Kingston, NY Ulster PAC #
June 15 Hartford, CT The Bushnell #
June 16 Kennett Square, PA Longwood Gardens #
June 18 Boulder, CO Chautauqua Amphitheater #
June 20 Telluride, CO Telluride Bluegrass Festival (house band)
June 21 Telluride, CO Telluride Bluegrass Festival #
June 29 Greensboro, NC w/ Eastern Festival Orchestra @ Eastern Festival ~
June 30 Boone, NC w/ Eastern Festival Orchestra @ Schaefer Center ~
July 6 w/ The Cleveland Orchestra @ Blossom Music Center ~
July 12 Vancouver Island Musicfest #
July 16 Breckenridge, CO Riverwalk Center #
July 17 Aspen, CO Aspen Music Festival #
July 18 Santa Fe, NM The Lensic PAC #
July 20 Fort Collins, CO The Lincoln Center #
July 22 Chicago, IL Millenium Park Music Series #
July 27 Lyons, CO RockyGrass ^
Aug 1 Teton Village, NY Grand Teton Music Festival ^
Aug 17 Brevard, NC Béla Fleck’s Blue Ridge Concert @ Brevard Music Center
Sept 10 – 15 New York, NY Blue Note %
Sept 21 North Adams, MA FreshGrass %
Sept 27 Burlington, VT Vermont Symphony Orchestra ~
Sept 28 Rutland, VT Vermont Symphony Orchestra ~
Oct 4 – 5 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra @ Music Hall ~
Oct 12 Pawleys Island, SC Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art ^
Oct 13 Pelham, TN CaveFest ^
Oct 17 York, PA Appell Center for the Performing Arts ^
Nov 16 – 17 Denver, CO w/ Colorado Symphony @ Boettcher Hall ~
Ticket information

*My Bluegrass Heart
^Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
~Béla Fleck w/ Symphony
# Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Zakir Hussain featuring Rakesh Chaurasia
Béla Fleck, Edmar Casteñada, Antonio Sanchez Trio %