An end of an era has occurred with the recent passing of Chick Corea.
Chick was one of the wave of musicians in the late 1960s/early 1970s who began combining jazz, rock, Latin, and classical music in a way that truly reflected the energetic social and cultural changes of the time.
Beyond that, he was/is one of the greatest pianists who ever played the instrument.
If you’re new to Corea’s work, here’s the piece that basically defined his career:
Chick Corea: Spain
Perhaps my favorite recording of his is The Trial, from the album The Mad Hatter, which was inspired by the book Alice In Wonderland. This short piece shows how masterfully, and seemingly effortlessly, Corea could combine musical genres into an organic whole. The influence of Hungarian composer Bela Bartok is in full flower here!
Chick Corea: The Trial
A couple of days ago I sat down at my piano and filmed my own personal tribute to Chick Corea:
Thank you Chick Corea!
All the best,
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