Corea, Chick

1941 —

Corea, Chick (b.1941) has been one of the most significant pianists of the past thirty years. Corea was one of the top stylists to emerge after Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner. His work on electric piano and synthesizer is recognizable, and he has composed several jazz standards including Spain, La Fiesta and Windows.

Corea began piano at the age of four and was influenced by Horace Silver among others. His early experiences ranged from working with Mongo Santamaria to Stan Getz. Corea had a two year stint with Miles Davis. In the 1970's, Chick Corea played with Return to Forever, a high powered fusion group. Also during the 70's, he worked with musicians too numerous to mention, but included Al Dimeola, Stanley Clarke, and Michael Brecker. The 1980's brought a new fusion group, the Elektric Band which featured the likes of bassist John Pattitucci and drummer Dave Weckl. He continues to be an important force in jazz today with various musical settings and all-star musicians.