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Jazz legend pianist Chick Corea dies of cancer at 79

He was the fourth artist with the most Grammy Award nominations in history, accumulating a total of 65, of which he finally took 23.

Legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea died of cancer on Tuesday at age 79, as announced on Thursday on his Facebook profile. “It is with great sadness that we announce that on February 9, Chick Corea passed away at the age of 79 from a rare form of cancer that was only recently discovered,” says the publication, which stresses that the musician was a “husband, father and dear grandfather, and a great mentor and friend to many. “

“Although I would be the first to say that his music conveyed much more than words, he had this message for everyone who loved him: ‘I want to thank everyone who has helped me keep the fire of music on my journey’ “, adds the message.

Korea wanted in its last message to the public to ask that anyone who is curious about playing music, writing or acting, jump into it: “Not only because the world needs more artists, but because it is also very fun,” said Corea, who He also said that it was “a blessing and an honor” to learn from his musician friends.
Korea was a prominent figure in the development of postwar jazz, and spent time playing with the Miles Davis electric music group, making it a part of several jazz albums that have gone down in history, such as In a Silent Way. (1969) and Bitches Brew (1970).

The musician, born in Chelsea (Massachusetts) on June 12, 1941, was the fourth artist with the most nominations of the Grammy Awards in history, accumulating a total of 65, of which he finally won 23. In addition, he was known for the extensive number of musical genres in which he participated within jazz, from the avant-garde to bebop, fusion and chamber music.
Korea was frequently considered, along with Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett, as one of the most important jazz pianists from the 1960s onwards.

After releasing more traditional albums in the early years of his career, notably Now He Sings, Now He Sobs (1968), he launched his electric music group Return to Forever with an album of the same name, which is now described as a Turning point for fusion jazz, which became mainstream in the 70s.

After Return to Forever disbanded, he continued recording and touring with both the Electric and Acoustic groups, both very popular at both international festivals and American jazz venues.

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