Dan Muse from his Productions confirmed the news of his death to the media on Thursday afternoon. Corea’s team also took to social media to mourn the loss of such a legend. No other details about his illness or the cause of death were shared.
His contribution in Music
Corea was huge in the jazz landscape. His 1968 album “Now He Sings, Now He Sobs” has been a touchstone for the modern acoustic piano trio, a format to which he often returned. In 2019, he released another album in the same vein, with bassist and drummer Brian Blade. He had been named the Jazz master by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2006, Corea has won 23 Grammys. He has been nominated a total of 67 times. He was a talent. Prolific in every sense, he released well over 100 albums, maintained a busy touring schedule. He was the kind of artist that go and remind people of their creativity.
His early life
Born on June 12, 1941, in Chelsea, Corea grew up playing the piano and drums. He also listened to various genres of music. After moving to New York as a young man, Corea played with Cuban percussionist Armando. He also worked with saxophonist Stan Getz, before making his first appearance with Davis, on the album “Filles de Kilimanjaro.” At around the same time, Corea also had his first encounter with Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, a book by L. Ron Hubbard that forms a cornerstone of Scientology.
His last words
The announcement of the death on social media included words from Corea himself. He said that he wanted to thank all of the people who made the fire of music burning bright. The world does not only need more artists, but it needs a lot of fun. He also said that he was grateful to the various musicians he knew and befriended.