About Renowned Pianist-Composer Chick Corea
A prolific explorer of jazz and classical music; 2010 DownBeat Artist of the Year
A DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, 20-time Grammy winner, and undisputed keyboard virtuoso, Chick Corea has attained living legend status after four decades of unparalleled creativity and an artistic output that is simply staggering.
Chick is the fourth-most-nominated artist in the history of the Grammys, with 61 nominations. He’s also earned 3 Latin Grammy Awards, the most of any artist in the Best Instrumental Album category.
From straight ahead to avant-garde, bebop to fusion, children’s songs to chamber music, along with some far-reaching forays into symphonic works, Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his illustrious career while maintaining a standard of excellence that is awe-inspiring. A tirelessly creative spirit, Chick continues to forge ahead, continually reinventing himself in the process.
Innovator and Pioneer
The ambitious scope of Chick’s music
Since embarking on a solo career in 1966, Chick has been at the forefront of jazz, both as a renowned pianist forging new ground with his acoustic jazz bands and as an innovative electric keyboardist with Return to Forever and the Elektric Band. His extensive discography boasts numerous essential albums, beginning with his 1968 classic, Now He Sings, Now He Sobs.
What Chick’s been up to lately
Chick continues to make a significant impact on the scene, as evidenced by his two Grammys in 2012, including Best Improvised Jazz Solo, for Forever, the 2-CD set recorded on his acoustic trio tour with Return to Forever bandmates Stanley Clarke and Lenny White. Forever also won Best Jazz Instrumental Album. The two honors were, remarkably, Corea’s 17th and 18th Grammy Awards.
Corea’s 2012 schedule continued his unbroken string of productivity, with three world tours and four new albums: the critically-acclaimed Further Explorations (with Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian); The Continents: Concerto for Jazz Quintet and Chamber Orchestra, an ambitious new classical release and a crowning achievement in his work as a master composer; Hot House, a transcendent new set of standards in his Grammy-winning duet with Gary Burton; and the release of Return to Forever’s latest live album, The Mothership Returns.
The next year is packed: Chick debuts his all-new band The Vigil, with a new studio album and world tour on the way. On top of that, look for a renewed live collaboration with Béla Fleck (Chick’s duet partner on the award-winning 2007 album The Enchantment) and an extensive duet and trio tour with longtime RTF compatriot Stanley Clarke.