CHELSEA (ProOmani/AP) — Chick Corea, a towering jazz pianist from Chelsea 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 and marketing supervisor, Dan Muse.
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On his Fb web page, Corea left a message to his followers: “I need to thank all of these alongside my journey who’ve helped preserve the music fires burning shiny. It’s my hope that those that have an inkling to play, write, carry out or in any other case, achieve this. If not for your self then for the remainder of us. It’s not solely that the world wants extra artists, it’s additionally simply numerous enjoyable.”
A prolific artist with dozens of albums, Corea in 1968 changed Herbie Hancock in Miles Davis’ group, enjoying on the landmark albums “In a Silent Means” and “Bitches Brew.”
He shaped his personal avant-garde group, Circle, after which based Return to Eternally. He labored on many different tasks, 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.
Corea was born in Chelsea in 1941 and commenced piano classes at 4. However he bristled at formal schooling and dropped out of each Columbia College and the Juilliard College. He started his profession as a sideman.
Through the years Corea returned to Boston to carry out. He carried out at Scullers Jazz Membership as just lately because the summer time of 2019.
“What a privilege to have identified and labored with you Chick Corea,” the membership posted to Fb Thursday in a tribute to the “Maestro.” “Deepest gratitude for all the pieces you so generously gave to us all.”
Harvey Mason Jr., interim president and CEO of The Recording Academy, wrote: “Chick rewrote the rulebook for jazz in his greater than five-decade lengthy profession, receiving mass essential acclaim alongside the best way for his musical excellence.”
Corea was named a Nationwide Endowment of the Arts Jazz Grasp in 2006. He was a member of the Church of Scientology and lived in Clearwater, Florida. He often received the title of Jazz Artist of the Yr from Downbeat Journal.
Along with his Grammy wins, Corea additionally had 4 Latin Grammy wins. In a tweet, the Latin Recording Academy known as him “a virtuosic pianist and one of the distinguished Latin jazz musicians of all instances.” The Blue Word jazz membership in New York Metropolis merely known as him “irreplaceable.”
Drummer Sheila E. took to Twitter to mourn. “This man modified my life through his music and we had been capable of play collectively many instances. I used to be very lucky to name him my household,” she wrote “Chick, you’re missed dearly, your music and sensible gentle will reside on eternally.”
Hip-hop star Q-Tip known as Corea “one of many coldest pianist/keyboardist/songwriters of all time” and rapper Biz Markie celebrated Corea’s 1972 jazz fusion group Return to Eternally, calling it “fossil gas for an eternity of rap samples.”
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Final yr, Corea launched the double album “Performs,” which captured him solo at varied live shows armed merely together 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 informed The Related Press on the time. “I can simply change gears and go to a different path or go to a different track or no matter I need to do. So it’s a relentless experiment.”
The double album was a peek into Corea’s musical coronary heart, containing songs he wrote concerning the innocence of youngsters many years in the past in addition to tunes by Mozart, Thelonious Monk and Stevie Surprise, amongst others.
Corea is the artist with probably the most jazz Grammys within the present’s 63-year historical past, and he has an opportunity to posthumously win on the March 14 present, the place he’s nominated for finest improvised jazz solo for “All Blues” and finest jazz instrumental album for “Trilogy 2.”
Corea favored inviting volunteers onto the stage throughout solo live shows, sitting them down close to his piano and creating spontaneous, solely subjective tone poems concerning the individual. “It begins as a sport — to attempt to seize one thing I see in music,” he informed the AP.
“Whereas I play, I have a look at them a few instances like a painter would. I attempt to see if, whereas I’m enjoying, are they agreeing with what I’m enjoying? Do they assume that that is actually a portrait of them? And normally they do.”
Late final yr, Corea was working had two commissions: A trombone concerto for the New York Philharmonic and a percussion concerto for the Philadelphia Orchestra. “I get interested by one thing after which I comply with that curiosity. And that’s how my music comes out,” he stated then. “I’ve all the time adopted my curiosity. It’s been my profitable way of life.”
He’s additionally began instructing on-line, creating the Chick Corea Academy to supply his views on music and share the opinions of others, take questions and chat with company. He hopes his college students will discover their freedom of expression and assume for themselves.
“Does everybody have to love what I like? No. And it’s what makes the world go round that all of us have completely different likes,” he informed the AP. “We come collectively and we collaborate.”
Corea is survived by his spouse, Gayle Moran, and a son Thaddeus.
Béla Fleck, a virtuoso on the banjo, who recorded and toured with Corea, known as him “my hero, mentor and pal,” including “The world has misplaced one of many nice ones. I’m so honored to have identified him.”
(© Copyright 2021 ProOmani Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Related Press author Mark Kennedy contributed to this report.)
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