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Chick Corea, jazz fusion pioneer, has died of cancer at seventy-nine

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    mieum
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    Oh no, that’s too bad. I didn’t realize he was that old. We saw him with Herbie in Seoul a few years back and he seemed like a 50 year-old young man. Before they started Herbie came to the mic and...

    Oh no, that’s too bad. I didn’t realize he was that old. We saw him with Herbie in Seoul a few years back and he seemed like a 50 year-old young man. Before they started Herbie came to the mic and said, “You know what we’re gonna do tonight?” The crowd just kind of murmured, then he goes “Neither do we!” And they just jammed for 90 minutes, and they got reeeeeally weird with it, plucking piano strings, playing wacky synth noises. Then they had the crowd rehearse a couple melodies and jammed some more. They signaled the crowd to sing their parts, and before anyone could realize what was happening we were all singing harmonies over a really abstract variation of Spain :) I was so moved I started crying! Haha It’s hard to describe the dynamics, but it was a very intense moment. Gonna miss you Chick~

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    1. joplin
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      That sounds awesome! I love seeing collaboration like that.

      That sounds awesome! I love seeing collaboration like that.

  2. arghdos
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    Really sad to hear this. Had one of the all time great OGWT shows on while making dinner: https://youtu.be/ucaPIJy4VNE

    Really sad to hear this. Had one of the all time great OGWT shows on while making dinner:

    https://youtu.be/ucaPIJy4VNE

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  3. boredop
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    My social media feeds have been wall to wall Chick Corea for 24 hours, and rightfully so. He was a huge influence on every musician I know - not just the jazzers, but also rock and hip hop and...

    My social media feeds have been wall to wall Chick Corea for 24 hours, and rightfully so. He was a huge influence on every musician I know - not just the jazzers, but also rock and hip hop and even metal, believe it or not.

    This was my comment in the /r/jazz thread:

    Chick played at my university in '96 during the Time Warp tour. I was stage manager for the concert. What an incredible experience. Before the concert I got to soundcheck Gary Novak's drums and play for a minute with James Genus and Bob Berg. (Chick wasn't there yet.) The concert itself was incredible, as the quartet played some of Chick's originals going back to the '60s, some standards and a couple of Bela Bartok compositions. It remains one of the best shows I ever saw, and I still have my cassettes of the soundboard recording. Afterwards all of us who worked on the concert got to meet Chick in the dressing room. We got him to record some IDs for the college radio station. He was super friendly and hilarious. A cherished memory for sure.

    Years later I got to see him again on the Return to Forever reunion tour. Great music again, another bucket list show.

    He was making great albums right up to the end. This is just a crushing loss.

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  4. jcdl
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    Fuck. I've been following his YouTube channel for about a year now and learned so much. Rest in peace Chick.

    Fuck. I've been following his YouTube channel for about a year now and learned so much. Rest in peace Chick.

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  5. krg
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    Guess I’m practicing guitar, tonight. —- Aside: Kudos for posting the (quasi)text-only link. Tangent: iOS decides to automatically combine two “-“ marks into an em-dash, thus rendering it…...

    Guess I’m practicing guitar, tonight.

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    Aside: Kudos for posting the (quasi)text-only link.

    Tangent: iOS decides to automatically combine two “-“ marks into an em-dash, thus rendering it… difficult… to add a horizontal line rule in Markdown

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