Editor's note 2021/5

Chick Corea と ”Spain”

Chick Corea, Jazz Keyboardist and Innovator, Dies at 79
When jazz and rock fused in the 1970s, he was at the forefront of the movement. But he never abandoned his love of the acoustic piano.

The pianist, composer and bandleader Chick Corea at the Blue Note in Manhattan in 2012. In his long career, he recorded close to 90 albums as a bandleader or co-leader and won 23 Grammys. Credit...Karsten Moran for The New York Times

By Giovanni Russonello
Feb. 11, 2021
Updated 7:40 p.m. ET

Chick Corea, an architect of the jazz-rock fusion boom in the 1970s who spent more than a half century as one of the foremost pianists in jazz, died on Tuesday at home in Tampa, Fla. He was 79.

The cause was cancer, said Dan Muse, a web and marketing manager for Mr. Corea.

Mr. Corea’s best-known band was Return to Forever, a collective with a rotating membership that nudged the genre of fusion into greater contact with Brazilian, Spanish and other global influences. It also provided Mr. Corea with a palette on which to experiment with a growing arsenal of new technologies.

But throughout his career he never abandoned his first love, the acoustic piano, on which his punctilious touch and crisp sense of harmony made his playing immediately distinctive.

A number of his compositions, including “Spain,” “500 Miles High” and “Tones for Joan’s Bones,” have become jazz standards, all defined by his dreamy but brightly illuminated harmonies and his ear-grabbing melodies.



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しかし、聴いてもらいたいのは、16年も前に活動停止したStarlight Junctionのコーラスだ。プロデューサーの宮住俊介自身のアレンジが桁はずれに難解且つ見事で、スタジャンは泣きながら練習していたのだった。

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そうしたら、Bobby McFerrinの名前が出たといいます。その話が私に送られてきました。そこで、YouTubeを探したところ、”Spain”が出てきました。私は、80年代初めにアル・ジャローが歌詞をつけて歌ったレコードを聴いたのです。ボビーはアルジャローより10年も若く、わたしは彼のことを知りませんし、彼が歌ったのも聴いていないのです。2000年代になって聴いたのがスタジャンだったのです。