In 1986, Dave had been
making quite a name for himself in the industry, playing
with the likes of Simon and Garfunkel, Bill Connors,
Diana Ross, Madonna, George Benson, and Michel Camilo.
But when he got the call from Chick Corea to join the
Elektric Band that year, everything changed.
Always a working musician, Dave had spent more than six
years working in many forms of music and becoming known
for his ability to play what was appropriate for each
genre - and each situation. But behind this professional
approach was a unique brand of creative and technical
prowess - appropriate for the unique creations Chick's
newest project would produce.
With 1986's debut album, The Chick Corea Elektric
Band, the band completely redefined the "fusion" genre
with incredibly dynamic compositions. Each member of the
band - legendary pianist/composer Chick Corea, guitarist
Frank Gambale, bassist John Patitucci, saxophonist
Eric Marienthal, and Dave, brought a new level of innovation
to their respective instruments.
Chick's thoughtful, playful, and intricate compositions
as executed by these master musicians were received by
legions of fans worldwide. This granted the emergence of
high-level music - and the musicians who made it - into
a mainstream arena.
The band went on to record 1987's Light Years, 1988's
Eye of the Beholder, 1990's Inside Out, and 1991's
Beneath the Mask. More recently, in 2004, the band
reunited in the studio to record To The Stars.
The second edition of the Elektric Band featured bassist
Jimmy Earl, guitarist Mike Miller, drummer
and original member Eric Marienthal on saxophone. The
band released 1993's Paint the World on GRP
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