Jazz pioneer Chick Corea dies at 79

Jazz pioneer Chick Corea dies at 79

Jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea has died of cancer at age 79, according to a post on his Facebook page.

The musician died from "a rare form of cancer which was only discovered very recently".

The 23-time Grammy award winner was best known for his compositions such as  "Spain," "500 Miles High," "La Fiesta," "Armando's Rhumba" and "Windows." He was known to push the boundaries of the genre, and worked alongside other jazz legends such as Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, Deutsche Welle reported.

Corea was part of Miles Davis' group from 1968. He replaced Hancock, and played on landmark albums such as "In a Silent Way'' and "Bitches Brew.''

He later formed his own group, Circle, and Return to Forever. Throughout his career, he worked on many collaborative projects, including those with Hancock and Gary Burton. He also performed classical music, standards, solo originals, Latin jazz and tributes to great jazz pianists.

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