It is with great sadness that we announce that on February 9th, Chick Corea passed away at the age of 79, from a rare form of cancer which was only discovered very recently.
I saw Chick Corea in 2019 in Montreux with my wife, dad, brother and sister-in-law. It was the first time I saw him live.
It was a beautiful concert. Chick was so cool and at ease. The members of his bands looked up to him in a way that reminded me of how Miles’s band members looked at Miles. He was one of those legends that have so much history behind them that they can only attract respect. I remember checking his age before the concert, only then realizing that he was about 78, and being impressed. He looked healthy, energetic, and at his best.
I know Chick’s music from his work with Miles in the late 1960s and early 1970s. You can see him with Miles at the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival for example. I also have his album Eye of the Beholder which I really like.