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Richard Stoltzman, Markia Groove

“Marika Groove” is a twelve-minute instrumental tour-de-force by Chick Corea written for virtuoso marimba soloist Mika Yoshida and Grammy®-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. Drummer Steve Gadd and bassist Eddie Gomez join Yoshida and Stoltzman to capture Corea’s composition in a sprawling, ebullient track featuring finely-honed instrumental interplay, muscular rhythmic structures, and ceaselessly inventive melodies, which Yoshida delivers with her signature inspiration and aplomb. The track was recorded at Avatar Studios in New York NY, engineered by Jay Messina and produced by Gadd and Yoshika.

“Creating this composition for Mika Yoshida was a pure joy, ” says composer Chick Corea. “Her only request to the composer was to have ‘groove’ be part of the composition. So groove we have – especially for the special premiere with the great Steve Gadd and virtuosic Eddie Gomez. And a special joy to also write for my old friend Richard Stoltzman – the rubato solo in the middle is written especially for him.”

“We are delighted to release and premiere such an outstanding and historic recording as this, ” says Big Round parent company PARMA Recordings CEO Bob Lord. “We have had a longstanding, fruitful musical relationship with Mika Yoshida and Richard Stoltzman, and this marks a new and significant chapter in our collaboration.”

“Marika Groove” will be available on iTunes on April 3rd, 2012, a day ahead of its April 4th premiere performance at Carnegie Hall in New York. This is the second release from Big Round Records featuring the Yoshida/Gadd/Gomez trio, following the highly acclaimed live DVD, MIKA MARIMBA MADNESS.

..:: SOURCE: Big Round Records ::..