By Chick Corea
Out of print self released ebook through Chick Corea with a few of his insights into enjoying the piano, comping, making time, composing, and his own guidelines as a musician.
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Pacesetters work to a very high standard themselves and expect everyone to strive to do things better and faster. Goleman’s research shows that pacesetting often “poisons the climate,” undermining morale. A commanding style derives from the military and is very common but often ineffective, again undercutting morale. However, this style works well in a crisis when a fast, decisive response is required. 36 This underlines a difficult aspect of production, which is that producers mostly lead ad hoc teams, substantial parts of which change from project to project.
Hammond’s skill undoubtedly lay in identifying talent—he played some role in the discovery or exposure of many classic American artists, such as Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, to name a few. He persuaded Goodman to hire Krupa, a relationship that, despite later tensions, turned out to be one of the most successful musical and commercial partnerships of the 20th century. These were fertile times (early in the history of the music industry, when much talent remained unrecorded and artists had no easy ways to record and distribute their music).
There is a distinction between a consultative producer and those who simply put their name on a record and are paid without showing up. This syndrome seems to be more common in America than in Europe. Producer manager Ros Earls of 140dB Management who represents Flood (P. J. ” Nonetheless, she said that Flood is adamant that he won’t lend his name to something. He gets really angry about the way a name becomes public property, the way a name can help get a record on the radio. They’re not really listening to [the work].