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Spain (song)
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Spain (song)

Spain is an instrumental jazz fusion song written by jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea. It is probably Corea's most prominent piece, and many would consider it a modern jazz standard.

Spain was composed in 1973 and appeared in its original (and most well-known) rendition on the album Light as a Feather, with performances by Corea (rhodes), Airto Moreira (percussion), Stanley Clarke (bass), and Joe Farrell (flute). It has been recorded in several versions, by Corea himself as well as by other artists.

The Light as a Feather version of Spain received two Grammy nominations, for Best Instrumental Arrangement and for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance by a Group. In 2001, Corea was awarded the Best Instrumental Arrangement Grammy for "Spain for Sextet and Orchestra".

The composition

Corea opens the Light as a Feather version of Spain with the adagio from Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez. After the intro, the song switches to a fast, steady samba-like rhythm, in which the main theme and an improvisation part are repeated.

The chord progression used during the improvisation part is:

 Gmaj7 F#7 Em7 A7 Dmaj7 Gmaj7 C#7 F#7 Bm B7

In line with jazz philosophy, other interpretations of the song are structured differently and some might only retain the main theme or parts of it.

Appearances