Chick Corea, a towering jazz pianist with a staggering 23 Grammy Awards who pushed the boundaries of the style and labored alongside Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, has died. He was 79.
Corea died Tuesday of a uncommon type of most cancers, his staff posted on his web site. His dying was confirmed by Corea’s internet and advertising supervisor, Dan Muse.
“All through his life and profession, Chick relished within the freedom and the enjoyable available in creating one thing new, and in taking part in the video games that artists do,” stated an announcement on his web site.
In 1968, Corea changed Herbie Hancock in Miles Davis’ group, taking part in on the landmark albums In a Silent Method and Bitches Brew.
He shaped his personal avant-garde group, Circle, after which based Return to Endlessly. He labored on many different initiatives, together with duos with Hancock and vibraphonist Gary Burton. He recorded and carried out classical music, requirements, solo originals, Latin jazz and tributes to nice jazz pianists.
Final 12 months, Corea launched the double album Performs, which captured him at varied live shows armed merely along with his piano.
“Like a runner likes to run as a result of it simply feels good, I prefer to play the piano simply because it feels good,” he advised The Related Press on the time. “I can simply swap gears and go to a different route or go to a different track or no matter I wish to do. So it is a fixed experiment.”
The double album was a peek into Corea’s musical coronary heart, containing songs he wrote about kids a long time in the past in addition to tunes by Mozart, Thelonious Monk and Stevie Surprise, amongst others.
Corea is the artist with essentially the most jazz Grammys within the present’s 63-year historical past. He nonetheless has an opportunity to posthumously win on the March 14 ceremony, the place he is nominated for greatest improvised jazz solo for All Blues and greatest jazz instrumental album for Trilogy 2.