Devastating shock for the world jazz community: Chick Corea has died

Tributes are flooding in online to Chick Corea who has died at the age of 79 of cancer. An announcement was made on the great pianist, composer and bandleader's Facebook page earlier. ''It is with great sadness we announce that on February 9th, …

Published: 11 Feb 2021. Updated: 7 months.

Tributes are flooding in online to Chick Corea who has died at the age of 79 of cancer. An announcement was made on the great pianist, composer and bandleader's Facebook page earlier.

''It is with great sadness 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.

''Throughout his life and career, Chick relished in the freedom and the fun to be had in creating something new, and in playing the games that artists do.

''He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather, and a great mentor and friend to so many. Through his body of work and the decades he spent touring the world, he touched and inspired the lives of millions.

''Though he would be the first to say that his music said more than words ever could, he nevertheless had this message for all those he knew and loved, and for all those who loved him:

“I want to thank all of those along my journey who have helped keep the music fires burning bright. It is my hope that those who have an inkling to play, write, perform or otherwise, do so. If not for yourself then for the rest of us. It’s not only that the world needs more artists, it’s also just a lot of fun.

“And to my amazing musician friends who have been like family to me as long as I’ve known you: It has been a blessing and an honor learning from and playing with all of you. My mission has always been to bring the joy of creating anywhere I could, and to have done so with all the artists that I admire so dearly—this has been the richness of my life.

''Chick’s family will of course appreciate their privacy during this difficult time of loss.''

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Alexei Orechin, Mirages

Last time I got really into a guitarist in this domain, actually pretty much at all was Nir Felder in 2013 and there's at least half a great album here. Alexei Orechin is a Belarusian who lives in Canada, up there in terms of ideas with Nir (who …

Published: 11 Feb 2021. Updated: 7 months.

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Last time I got really into a guitarist in this domain, actually pretty much at all was Nir Felder in 2013 and there's at least half a great album here. Alexei Orechin is a Belarusian who lives in Canada, up there in terms of ideas with Nir (who incidentally was still kicking butt in the band of Keyon Harrold not that very long ago). Moody, modern music slides all around Mirages. Certainly there is lots of jazz. There are lots of other musical styles too, tipping into woozy production, shards of electric folk, electronica and more that repay replay. The whole compositional band effect seems to chime with today much more than the cognitive dissonance-inducing fakeness of many unfelt retro urges lost in pretend yesterdays. World class. Mirages is out now on the Deko label. SG. Photo: Haydon Lee