Jazz legend Chick Corea dies at 79

Iconic pianist Chick Corea passed away on February 9th. Photo courtesy of TownSquare Media.

Armando Anthony “Chick” Corea, one of the most prolific jazz artists in the history of the genre, passed away after battling cancer on Tuesday, February 9th. He was 79 years old.

Corea is best known for his work with jazz-fusion band Return To Forever, which is viewed by many fans as one of the seminal groups of the genre. He composed many jazz standards, such as “Spain” and “500 Miles High.” Corea also played on many recordings with other giants of jazz, such as Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew,” one of the best selling jazz albums of all time.

Corea is survived by his wife, Gayle Moran, who he married in 1972.

For more information about Corea, as well as a list of some of his best work, check out this New York Times article by Ryan Reed. To listen to some of his best work, check out this playlist.

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