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Chick Corea, American composer, keyboardist and bandleader is dead.  He was 79. A post on his Facebook page, reveals he died from “a rare form of cancer which was only discovered very recently”. In his career, Corea won 23 Grammys. He was also the fourth most-nominated artist in Grammys history.

Chick Corea Multiple Grammy-Award Winning Keyboardist Is Dead

“Throughout his life and career, Chick relished in the freedom and the fun to be had in creating something new, and in playing the games that artists do. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather, and a great mentor and friend to so many. Through his body of work and the decades he spent touring the world, he touched and inspired the lives of millions,” the post read.

Corea was a multi-faceted musician, working as a composer, keyboardist, bandleader and occasional percussionist. He was a part of Miles Davis’s band in the late 60s. He also appeared on albums such as “In a Silent Way”, and “Bitches Brew”.

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Meanwhile, after working with Davis, he formed his own band, “Return to Forever”, experimenting with different genres and styles.

Chick Corea Multiple Grammy-Award Winning Keyboardist Is Dead

He also formed his own avant-garde group, “Circle”. Chick Corea worked on many other projects, including duos with Herbie Hancock and vibraphonist Gary Burton. He recorded and performed classical music, standards, solo originals, Latin jazz and tributes to great jazz pianists.

Last year, Corea released the double album “Plays”, which captured him at various concerts armed simply with his piano.

“Like a runner loves to run because it just feels good, I like to play the piano just because it feels good. I can just switch gears and go to another direction or go to another song or whatever I want to do. So it’s a constant experiment,” he told the Associated Press at the time.

The double album was a peek into Corea’s musical heart. It contains songs he wrote about children decades ago as well as tunes by Mozart, Thelonious Monk and Stevie Wonder, amongst others.


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