Chick Corea

Rob Davidson

As noted on our website, Chick Corea was a learner until the very end. In the Autumn of 2015 Chick came to the Yamaha Studios in New York to learn and burn with master banjoist Bela Fleck. Their shared inspiration was a a marvel to witness. Sometimes intense, sometimes light as a feather, we share that afternoon for your enjoyment and engagement with one of our recently departed masters - Chick Corea.

Here's the first or four segments of that special day.

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Back in 2014, Chick Corea visited The Checkout to promote Portraits, an solo album celebrating artists he admired. Instead, the pianist gave us a clear picture of himself.

Spanish Heart: The Latin Side of Chick Corea

Feb 18, 2021
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Chick Corea accomplished so much, and traced so many paths, in his long career — but to truly understand his artistry, it’s essential to consider his connections to Latin music.

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At the center of our #ChickForever celebration, WBGO is proud to present highlights from across a nearly 60-year recording career. Our announcers have selected their personal favorites from the Chick Corea discography — spanning his early work as a sideman, his emergence as a post-bop maverick, multiple phases of his fusion flagship Return to Forever, his later acoustic work and more.

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The Jazz and music world continues to mourn the loss of one its most beloved artists.  Pianist, keyboardist, composer and Bandleader Chick Corea. Corea died on Wednesday, February 10 from a rare form of cancer that was diagnosed just recently.

Corea is a revered figure in contemporary jazz but is also an artist whose work spanned fusion to classical. He was 79.

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 We are all blindsided and deeply saddened by the passing of Chick Corea. One of his longtime collaborators, from his early fusion years up until the very end, is drummer Steve Gadd.  He pays tribute to his friend on The Checkout podcast.

Concord Jazz

Grammy nominations are always an imprecise barometer, contingent on too many factors to provide a clear view on any scene. Still, the 2021 jazz field, announced this afternoon, ratifies an industry consensus that has implications well beyond the award podium.

Chick Corea Productions

Along with the latest from saxophonists Alan Braufman and Dave Pietro.

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In the midst of a turbulent and shocking season for the Recording Academy, some signs of stability could be found in the results of the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.

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Along with two other recommended albums — a total of six. (We’re feeling generous.)

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Pianist and composer Chick Corea isn’t typically slotted into the category of Latin jazz — but he’s had a substantial influence on its sound, and been influenced in turn.


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Chick Corea and Steve Gadd have a musical connection over 50 years deep. So when the iconic keyboardist and legendary drummer found time last year to reunite in the studio I immediately thought of Corea's albums The Leprechaun and My Spanish Heart, and the concert I hosted in Cleveland in 1981 featuring music from the Three Quartets, with Chick, Steve, Eddie Gomez and Michael Brecker. Some nights you’re so glad you showed up.


On Friday, ECM Records made its catalog available on major streaming services, in an expansion of its partnership with the Universal Music Group. This made an ocean of material more widely available, including classical and world music.

But the trove is of special importance to jazz fans — like WBGO's music director, Gary Walker, and its director of programming, Steve Williams, who supersized this edition of Take Five with 10 tracks from as many unmissable ECM albums.

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Chick Corea, the endlessly inquisitive keyboardist and composer, has made a point of collaborating far and wide throughout his career. But there’s a special category of music that rests on his bond with Steve Gadd, a drummer known both for the alert intelligence of his ear and the heavy pull of his groove.

Ernest Gregory / courtesy Chick Corea Productions

This week, Take Five is all about duos: from all-star summit meetings, like the one pictured above, to collaborative new partnerships like the Upstate Project, jointly led by singer-songwriter Rebecca Martin and pianist-composer Guillermo Klein. The unifying thread is deep colloquy bound by mutual respect — along with the sheer quality of the music.