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Chick Corea

Chick Corea

American jazz and fusion pianist, keyboardist, and composer
A highly lauded pianist with a wide palette of influences, whose work had a major influence on early fusion and jazz-rock.
BornJune 12, 1941
HometownChelsea, Massachusetts, United States
ChildrenThaddeus Corea, Liana Corea
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Musicians mourn jazz great Chick Corea

“Chick Corea was the single greatest improvisational musician I have ever played with.” Those words from guitarist and singer John Mayer, who was among the many musicians Friday paying tribute to legendary jazz artist Chick Corea, who died the day before from cancer at age 79. An innovative keyboardist and composer, Corea gained fame as a pioneer of jazz fusion but was known for his ability to play anything across the jazz spectrum and beyond. He rose to prominence in the 1960’s as a sideman in Miles Davis' bands, before forming the avant-garde group Circle and becoming a commercial force with the '70s fusion group Return to Forever. In an Instagram post, Mayer continued, “What an immeasurable loss in so many ways. Thank you, Chick, for the invaluable scholarship of getting to know and make music with you. May you rest as peacefully as you lived.” And he was prolific - recording nearly 90 albums as a bandleader or co-leader, and racking up a staggering 63 Grammy nominations and 23 wins. Corea, of Spanish heritage, also won 3 Latin Grammy Awards. Musician Questlove – front man of the Tonight Show band The Roots – wrote of Corea (quote) “I was amazed at his willingness to still learn and be open to ideas and new music. I wanna be him when I grow up.” In a Facebook post announcing his death, Corea’s family included a farewell from the jazz master himself, who wrote, “I want to thank all of those along my journey who have helped keep the music fires burning bright. It is my hope that those who have an inkling to play, write, perform or otherwise, do so.... It’s not only that the world needs more artists, it’s also just a lot of fun.”
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MOVIES & TV SHOWS

Keith Jarrett - The Art of Improvisation
Keith Jarrett - The Art of Improvisation
1h 30min
2004
Motian in Motion
Motian in Motion
1h 26min
2020

Albums

Live at the Blue Note
Live at the Blue Note
1997
Trio Music: Live in Europe
Trio Music: Live in Europe
1984
Voyage
Voyage
1984
Chick Corea: Children's Songs
Chick Corea: Children's Songs
1983
Lyric Suite for Sextet
Lyric Suite for Sextet
1982
Griffith Park Collection
Griffith Park Collection
1982
Trio Music
Trio Music
1981
Evening with Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea in Concert
Evening with Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea in Concert
1978
My Spanish Heart
My Spanish Heart
1976
Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy
Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy
1973
Return to Forever
Return to Forever
1972
A.R.C.
A.R.C.
1971
Jazz for a Sunday Afternoon
Jazz for a Sunday Afternoon
1969
5 Original Albums
5 Original Albums
2018
Very Best of Jazz
Very Best of Jazz
2008
Rendezvous In New York [DVD #2]
Rendezvous In New York [DVD #2]
2006
Rendezvous In New York [DVD #1]
Rendezvous In New York [DVD #1]
2006
Return to the Seventh Galaxy: Anthology
Return to the Seventh Galaxy: Anthology
1998
Native Sense: The New Duets
Native Sense: The New Duets
1997
Mozart Sessions
Mozart Sessions
1996
Early Days
Early Days
1996
Solo Piano: From Nothing
Solo Piano: From Nothing
1996
Music Forever and Beyond: The Selected Works of Chick Corea
Music Forever and Beyond: The Selected Works of Chick Corea
1996
Time Warp
Time Warp
1995
Chick & Lionel Live at Midem
Chick & Lionel Live at Midem
1994
Expressions
Expressions
1993
Paint the World
Paint the World
1993
Compact Jazz: The Seventies
Compact Jazz: The Seventies
1993
Chick Corea [Laserlight]
Chick Corea [Laserlight]
1991

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