Chick Corea

Born 12 June 1941.
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Jazz Library - Chick Corea

Pianist and bandleader Chick Corea guides Alyn Shipton through his finest recordings.

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Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea (born June 12, 1941) is an American jazz and fusion pianist, keyboardist, and composer.

Many of his compositions are considered jazz standards. As a member of Miles Davis' band in the 1960s, he participated in the birth of the electric jazz fusion movement. In the 1970s he formed Return to Forever. Along with Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and Keith Jarrett, he has been described as one of the major jazz piano voices to emerge in the post–John Coltrane era.

Corea continued to pursue other collaborations and to explore various musical styles throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He is also known for promoting and fundraising for a number of social issues, such as eradicating social illiteracy.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Hot House

    Hot House 2012

    Reviewed by Kevin Le Gendre
    An energetic new duo set from a pair of sidemen turned icons themselves.
  2. Review of Further Explorations

    Further Explorations 2012

    Reviewed by Alyn Shipton
    When this trio's performance, captured live in New York, clicks it is utterly magnificent.
  3. Review of Trio Music

    Trio Music 2003

    Reviewed by Peter Marsh
    Corea tackles Monk and some spiky episodes of free improv on this reissue of an ECM...
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