Goodbye, Chick Corea

Chick Corea

When Armando “Chick” Corea died on February 9 of this year, four months shy of his 80th birthday, the world lost a legend as well as a highly creative spirit.

I didn’t like any of Corea’s fusion recordings, but then again I detest most fusion no matter who is playing it. I loved his early piano trio recordings, his first two (acoustic) albums by his group Return to Forever, the video of him improvising music out of a few notes and gestures with the late Friedrich Gulda, and a few other albums. Chief among them, for me, was the remarkable album in which he and Gary Burton took part in a classical-jazz multi-movement piece titled simply “Septet.” I wrote about this in my book, From Baroque to Bop and Beyond, and I still think it one of the finest pieces of its time and genre.

But I’m going to write a lengthy piece about Chick because everyone else has already done so. I would, however, like to pass along this wry, witty list of advice that he gave to improvising musicians working in a group situation because, aside from being humorous, it’s also very, very true:

cool advice from Chick Corea

Goodbye, Chick, Rest in peace.

—© 2021 Lynn René Bayley

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3 thoughts on “Goodbye, Chick Corea

  1. Richard Covington says:

    Many thanks for all your fascinating, informative posts. I’ve been able to find the 1983 ECM recording of Lyric Suite for Sextet by Chick Corea and Gary Burton in seven parts. Is that the one you refer to as “Septet”? Sorry if I sound picky; I’m just trying to find the right recording you mention.


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