(1941 - 2021)
Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea (born June 12, 1941) was a multiple Grammy Award winning American jazz pianist/keyboardist and composer.
He is arguably best known for his work during the 1970s in the genre of jazz fusion, although his contributions to straight-ahead jazz were also tremendous. He participated in the birth of the electric fusion movement as a member of Miles Davis' band in the 1960s, and in the 1970s formed Return to Forever
He continued to pursue other collaborations and explore various musical styles throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Among jazz pianists, Corea is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential since Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner (along with modern contemporaries Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett). His piano performance showed a similarity to Hancock; yet he maintained a distinctly individual voice.