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Chick Corea has passed away at 79.

Roasted Swan:

--- Quote from: Irons on February 12, 2021, 01:00:34 AM ---Chick Corea has passed away at 79.

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I just saw this online - what a player and musician.  One of my all-time favourite jazz albums is Chick Corea & Gary Burton live in Zurich - pure genius....

T. D.:
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RIP, surprised and saddened to hear of Chick Corea's passing. Have enjoyed his music since the late '60s, including classical albums on ECM.
Listening to a couple of sideman appearances:

Old San Antone:
Sad to hear about this.  Of course the albums from the 70s with his first incarnation of Return to Forever, Flora Purim, airto, Stanley Clark and Joe Farrell were the first place I really got into his music.  At the time, Spain - was one of the songs every jazz musician coming up had to demonstrate before entering the inner sanctum of jam sessions.

But he had another side:

The Mozart Sessions
Chick Corea & Bobby McFerrin

--- Quote ---Like other pianists of his time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart prided himself on his ability to improvise at the keyboard, both in solo works and concertos. That long-abandoned practice is one of the elements of Mozartean style that conductor Bobby and pianist Chick Corea explore in The Mozart Sessions, which includes recordings of Mozart’s Piano Concertos No.20 in D minor, K.466, and No.23 in A Major, K.488, performed with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. The Mozart Sessions was released in October, 1996.

Not only does Corea play his own cadenzas in the concertos, he and Bobby link their individual improvisations to lead the listener directly into each of the concertos. What makes these improvisations so unusual is the fact that both Bobby and Chick, a jazz pianist, bring their own distinctive creative styles to bear on Mozart’s music. Improvisation was considered an essential talent for a concert pianist in the late 18th century. Both Mozart and Beethoven dazzled audiences with their skill at improvisation. When he was still a performing pianist, Beethoven frequently played Mozart’s D minor concerto — one of the few Mozart works he championed — adding his own cadenzas, which have become standard since Mozart’s own cadenzas for this concerto were never notated.

With their inimitable Mozart improvisations drawing the audience into a performance of the same Mozart concerto, McFerrin and Corea, joined by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, were featured in a PBS “Great Performances” concert special entitled “Classic Innovations.”
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This recording is really very good.

Many years (and cars) ago, this was my favourite cassette for listening on the road:

I especially liked his audacious, non-conventional improvisations. He dabbled into classical music, too.


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