"While putting all the music together for Chinese Butterfly, I thought we’d need a 'ballad.' Back in the day, we used to cool the set off with a ballad - something slow and lyrical. So anything that is slower and lyrical, I sometimes consider the ballad of the set - it’s a 'cool-down.' For this set with the Corea/Gadd Band, the ballad turned out to be “Serenity.” I first sketched it out as a jam piece for Lionel Loueke’s first visit to my studio. We rehearsed and jammed it as a demonstration of learning a brand-new piece of music, as part of my Chick Corea Music Workshop series." - Chick Corea

Chinese Butterfly is out January 19 via Concord Jazz.