Chick Corea: The Montreux Years to be released





LONDON 17 AUGUST 2022 – Montreux Jazz Festival and BMG today announce the next installment in The Montreux Years series with Chick Corea: The Montreux Years. Available Friday 23 September 2022, the album is a collection of Chick Corea’s finest performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival between 1981 and 2010. The recording will be available in multi-format configurations, including superior audiophile heavy weight vinyl, CD and on streaming services, in superlative HD MQA audio.

Chick Corea is considered one of the foremost jazz pianists of the post John Coltrane era and participated in the birth of jazz fusion. Throughout his career, the American jazz pianist was a regular fixture at the Montreux Jazz Festival, having performed at the festival 23 times. The performances in this new collection are curated from six of those shows, opening with the 2001 live performance “Fingerprints”, from his Grammy Award winning album “Trilogy”.

Followers of the jazz fusion pioneer can immerse themselves in the timeless material that defined Chick’s career, which includes the track “Bud Powell” from the 1997 album “Remembering Bud Powell”. Exploring Chick’s repertoire of classic material, Chick Corea: The Montreux Years includes the tracks “Quartet No.2” from 1981’s “Three Quartets” and “Trinkle Tinkle” from 1972’s “Piano Improvisations Vol.2”.

A 23-time Grammy winner, and keyboard virtuoso, Chick Corea will be remembered as a musical legend, after five decades of unparalleled creativity. Chick is the fourth-most-nominated artist in the history of the Grammys, with 65 nominations. He’s also earned 3 Latin Grammy Awards, the most of any artist in the Best Instrumental Album category. Even after his death, Chick Corea continues to live on in the hearts of fans across the world and will continue to be remembered for his illustrious, awe-inspiring career.

Launched in 2021, ‘The Montreux Years’ is the embodiment of the spirit of the Montreux Jazz Festival and the legacy of its much-loved founder, Claude Nobs. Nobs refused to compromise on quality or settle for anything other than the best and this ethos lives on in the superb quality of the recordings compiled in ‘The Montreux Years’. Mastering has been performed by Tony Cousins at London’s iconic Metropolis Studios, incorporating MQA to capture the original sound of the special live performances. Like previous releases of the series, “Chick Corea: The Montreux Years” will be accompanied by exclusive liner notes and previously unseen photography.

Available to pre-order now and released on Friday 23 September, “Chick Corea: The Montreux Years” is the sixth installment of the Montreux Years series, which began with music titans Nina Simone and Etta James, followed by Marianne Faithful and Muddy Waters, and the 2022 release from John McLaughlin. Having received critical acclaim worldwide, both Nina Simone: The Montreux Years and John McLaughlin: The Montreux Years, debuted at #1 on the UK Official Jazz & Blues album chart.


Side A

  1. Fingerprints (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 2001)
  2. Bud Powell  (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 2010)

Side B

  1. Quartet No. 2 (Pt.1)  (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1988)
  2. Interlude  (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 2004)

Side C

  1. Who’s Inside the Piano  (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1993)
  2. Dignity (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 2001)
  3. America (Continents Pt 4) (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 2006)

Side D

  1. New Waltz  (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1993)
  2. Trinkle Tinkle  (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1981)


  1. Fingerprints (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 2001)
  2. Bud Powell  (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 2010)
  3. Quartet No. 2 (Pt. 1)  (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1988)
  4. Interlude (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 2004)
  5. Who’s Inside the Piano (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1993)
  1. Dignity (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 2001)
  1. America (Continents Pt. 4) (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 2006)
  2. New Waltz (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1993)


Montreux Jazz Festival is a renowned music festival created by Claude Nobs and held annually in Montreux, Switzerland across two weeks in July. Now in its 55th year, the festival draws 250,000 music lovers from all across the world to the Lake Geneva shoreline. Montreux Jazz Festival celebrates the industry’s emerging and contemporary acts, whilst paying homage to music’s legendary acts. Originally a pure jazz festival since inception in 1967, Montreux began showcasing other styles of music throughout the decades and today presents artists from across every genre imaginable. Artists that have graced the stage of Montreux include Etta James, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Ms Lauren Hill, Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, James Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Leonard Cohen, Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis, Nina Simone and many more. Mathieu Jaton serves as CEO of Montreux Jazz

BMG is the new model music company founded by Bertelsmann in 2008 as a direct response to the challenges of music’s digital revolution. Key to its innovative approach is the fact it represents the traditionally separate music publishing and recording rights off the same state-of-the-art platform internationally. BMG is already the world’s fourth biggest music publisher and the first new global player in the recordings business in decades. BMG’s pitch is unique – a relentless focus on fairness and transparency and service to its artist and songwriter clients. BMG’s 19 offices across 12 core music markets now represent over 3m songs and recordings, including the catalogues of Chrysalis, Bug, Virgin, Mute, Sanctuary, Primary Wave and Talpa Music, as well as literally thousands of artists and songwriters attracted by its fresh approach. BMG is owned by international media, services and education company Bertelsmann, which also includes the broadcaster RTL Group, the trade book publisher Penguin Random House, the magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr, the service provider Arvato, the Bertelsmann Printing Group, the Bertelsmann Education Group, and Bertelsmann Investments, an international network of funds. With its multi-platform perspective, integrated technology platform and commitment to help artists maximize their income, BMG aims to be the best company in music to do business with.

Using pioneering scientific research into how people hear, MQA captures the sound of the original performance. The MQA file is fully authenticated, backward compatible, and small enough to stream, so you can play MQA on any device. MQA powers award-winning products and services worldwide with unmatched efficiency, which also makes it the most sustainable solution for the entertainment industry. Partnerships span recorded music, video, radio, broadcast and livestreaming. Wherever there is audio, MQA delivers the best sound. MQA is a UK-based private company.

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