“Incomparable independent man, master of technology, pioneer in all respects, gentle giant. The world today has lost its immense musical power, but it is endlessly rich because of the legacy that Chic left behind. We are very lucky. Thank you so much, Chic” (Jacob Collier)
The wave continues online in commemoration of the legendary American jazz pianist Chic Korea, who passed away on the 9th (local time) at the age of 80.In addition to Sam Smith and Jacob Collier, he has expressed his respect for Korea through social media, regardless of genre, such as bassist Nathan East of ‘4 Play’ and electronic music duo’Discloser’. Korea, recently diagnosed with a rare cancer, is considered one of the best jazz pianists of the 20th century along with Keith Jarit and Herbie Hancock. He went through the’Miles Davis Band’, one of the greatest bands in jazz history. In the late 1960s, Hancock replaced Hancock in this band and played the piano in albums that announced the opening of the fusion era, such as’In a Silent Way’ (1969) and’Bitches Brew’ (1970). Played.
In 1971, he formed the legendary fusion jazz group’Return to Forever’. He joined saxophonist and flutist Joe Farrell, percussionist Airto Moreira, and bassist Stanley Clark. The team gained world fame through hits’Spain’ and ‘500 Miles High’.
Collaboration with vibraphone player Gary Burton is also indispensable in Korea’s music life. The two musicians teamed up for the first time in 1972 and released’Crystal Silence’ through the global jazz label ECM. In Burton and the work, he pursued quiet and meditative music. Since then, the two have worked on various works for a long time.
Korea’s experiment did not stop. In the 1980s, a new group’Electric Band’ was formed under a contract with the GRP label, which was then established as a fusion jazz label. The label was run by star composer and pianist Dave Grusin.
Korea, which performed at Blue Note in New York in the 2000s, performed reunion concerts and retrospective projects with musicians in the past. At the same time, a new work of contradictory nature continued.
In the 2010s, he worked as an acoustic trio with young musicians and innovative music attempts’the vigil’, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade.
Korea, which continued its activities until the end of the year, recorded about 90 albums. ‘Grammy Awards’ has been awarded 23 times.
In the ’63rd Grammy Awards’ scheduled for March 14th,’All Blues’ will also be featured in’best improvised jazz solo’ and’Trilogy 2′. Is nominated for the’best jazz instrumental album’, and there is a possibility of adding a Grammy Award after the fact.
In 2006, he became the’National Arts Fund Jazz Master’, the highest honor that American jazz musicians can receive.
In Korea, the fusion jazz movement became a symbol, but he did not pay attention to distinguishing musical genres during his lifetime. In the second half of his activity, he recorded works by classical composers such as Mozart and Chopin, and composed concertos for the orchestra. He also collaborated with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra.In an interview with Time in 1983, Korea said, “It is companies and the media that are interested in classifying music. “There are always different kinds of fusion happening in music.” In addition, he said, “I always want to be a student learning something.”
Although it is not directly related to Korea, thanks to the name Corea, Korean fans treated it closely. In 19994, he first visited Korea as a parliament superband, and since then he has performed 10 times in the form of solo and bands on various stages such as MBC’s’Demand Art Stage’ and a jazz festival. The solo concert held at Lotte Concert Hall in 2018 became the last stage in Korea.
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