Believe it: Jarrett and Chick Corea play Mozart concerto

Believe it: Jarrett and Chick Corea play Mozart concerto


norman lebrecht

February 14, 2021

An extraordinary document from 1985, a time when musicians defied generic categorisation.



  • drummerman says:

    Musicians don’t want to be categorized. It is the powers that be in the music business who do that. This was great to see.

  • Patricia says:

    I remember those recordings. Those performances don’t hold up well. They weren’t much at the time, either.

  • Matteo says:

    I have the same concerto Corea with Gulda under Harnoncourt’s baton

  • Joel Lazar says:

    Orchestra? Conductor? Thanks.

  • E says:

    They look happy to be making music together, and I am happy hearing this. Bravo tutti.

  • Roberto says:

    Chick Corea’s recordings or Mozart Piano Concertos #20 and #23 are my favorites for these concertos. His playing has perfect dynamics, musicianship and intellect. The slow movement of #23 is deeply moving.

    When people talk about great pianists, they often dismiss jazz pianists as Corea, Jarret, Thelonious, John Lewis, Teddy Wilson.

  • David E says:

    Extraordinary! I wonder if they went back and improvised a Mozartian encore…

  • Alexander says:

    Not a good reading, just my opinion, of course đŸ˜‰

    • Daniel Poulin says:

      Listen closely to the cadenzas (both first & last mvts): it’s not just a good reading. Those pianists are true musicians. They’d make Mozart proud.

  • sam says:

    Jarrett’s and Corea’s classical music chops are at the level of a good conservatory graduate, of which the classical music world and local orchestras are full, and but for their name recognition in jazz, they would not have gotten many of those classical music gigs.

    • John F. says:

      Are you suggesting they should stay in that niche jazz bubble?The world is also full of name recognized classical musicians who still get gigs after consistently conservatory grad level or pedestrian performances.

      • Alexander T says:

        All the more reason for jazz musicians with “good conservatory graduate” levels (if that) not to add to what is an already saturated market.

        • Adrian says:

          So – best never dare to improvise again? Because the world’s best conservatoire alumni can’t worth a damn.

      • Michael says:

        They can leave their bubble all they want, just don’t expect to be taken seriously on the level of far greater pianists

    • Alexander T says:

      There is a very strong possibility you may right.

    • Adrian says:

      I don’t think that’s the point, but do I understand the slightly sore point you’re trying to make!

      Even a top flight conservatory graduate wouldn’t (and wouldn’t *dare*) improvise a single note.

  • Lady Weidenfeld says:

    What a delight! The love they have for the music and the joy in playing together, great musicians!

  • christopher storey says:

    I thought it was a splendid performance, full of brio. If the ensemble was just a little bit flaky in the first few minutes, does it matter ? Thank you, NL ( and others in the thread ) for drawing it to our attention

  • JussiB says:

    It takes one to know one. Mozart was a great improviser himself.