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Chick Corea. Photo: @chickcorea on Instagram
Chick Corea. Photo: @chickcorea on Instagram

Farewell to Chick Corea, the jazz legend

Legendary virtuoso jazz pianist Chick Corea died Tuesday of a rare form of cancer at the age of 79.

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Chick Corea has left us this week, leaving behind an impressive career spanning six decades. Pianist and composer, he won 23 Grammy awards throughout his life and shared the stage with other greats such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Anthony Braxton, Stan Getz, or Paco de Lucia.  The musician's relatives confirmed the news through a press release: "Through his work and the decades he spent touring the world, he touched and inspired the lives of millions of people."

The musician left a message to his fans and musicians around the world that his family communicated through his Facebook to say goodbye to the world: "I want to thank all those who along my journey have helped keep the fire of music burning. I hope that those of you who have an inkling to play, write, perform, or anything else will do so. If not for yourselves, then for the rest of us. It's not just that the world needs more artists; it's that it's also a lot of fun."

Chick Corea was a jazz genius, with a musician father, who learned to play the piano at the age of four and already in the sixties was part of several of the best jazz bands in the United States, with whom he shared the stage with Latin musicians such as the Cuban Mongo Santamaría. He began his career in Latin jazz and was not afraid to experiment with various jazz styles, from electronic to more classical or folk, becoming a benchmark of jazz fusion.

Musicians and fans of Corea mourn his loss and accompany the family through social networks. "Chick Corea was the best improvising musician I ever played with. No one was more open, more finely attuned to the moment, changing his approach with each new offering from the musicians around him. If you played a wrong note, he would immediately pick it up and play it as a reason to say, 'this all has value, whether you see it or not.'

' It's an immeasurable loss in many ways," John Mayer, who was lucky enough to share the stage with Corea, wrote on Instagram.

 

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