born June 12, 1941, Chelsea, Massachusetts
Armando Anthony Corea is an American jazz and fusion pianist, keyboardist, and composer.
Many of his compositions are considered jazz standards. As a member of Miles Davis’ band (the 1960s), he participated in the birth of the electric jazz fusion movement.
Corea’s composition Spain appeared on the 1972 Return to Forever album Light as a Feather. This is probably his most popular piece, and it has been recorded by a variety of artists. There are also a variety of recordings by Corea himself. These included an arrangement for piano and symphony orchestra that appeared in 1999 and a collabration with vocalist Bobby McFerrin on the 1992 album Play. Corea usually performs Spain with a prelude based on Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez (1940), which earlier received a jazz orchestration on Davis and Gil Evans’ Sketches of Spain.
Spain – Chick Corea Trio ft. Jorge Pardo & Nino Josele
In the 1970s he formed Return to Forever. Along with Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and Keith Jarrett, he has been described as one of the major jazz piano voices to emerge in the post-John Coltrane era. Corea continued to pursue other collaborations and to explore various musical styles throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
Chick Corea A Very Special Concert (1982)
He is also known for promoting and fundraising for a number of social issues, such as eradicating social illiteracy.
Chick COREA and Jazz in MARCIAC 2015