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.

Jonathan Chimene / WBGO

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.