American jazz legend Chick Corea died on February 9 from a rare form of cancer at the age of 79.
“I want to thank all those who, throughout the trip, helped to shine the fires of music,” he said in a message written before his death.
“I hope that those who feel the urge to play, to write, to perform in a show can do so. If not for themselves, then for us. Not just because the world needs more artists, but because it’s more fun, ”he added.
Born in Chelsea (Massachusetts), this American jazz legend had been a member of Miles Davis’ group in the 1960s.
In the 1970s, he was considered one of the creators of “jazz fusion” or jazz rock, a mixture of jazz, experimental music, progressive rock and classical music.
Considered both a huge improviser and a great accompanist, Chick Corea, prolific artist with more than 100 albums, won 23 Grammy Awards, the equivalent of the Victoires de la musique in the United States.
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