Pianist/composer Chick Corea passed away on February 9 from a rare form of cancer, aged 79. Corea’s impact on the world of jazz is immeasurable. His discography is among the most exciting and eclectic, as he continued to explore new grounds and expand his music until the very end. A statement on his Facebook page reads: “Throughout his life and career, Chick relished in the freedom and the fun to be had in creating something new, and in playing the games that artists do.”
“Windows” is among his earliest compositions to have achieved jazz standard status. This beautiful jazz waltz originally appeared on Stan Getz’s 1967 album Sweet Rain and has been performed and recorded by several artists since then. Corea recorded his own version in 1968 for his own stellar album as a leader, Now He Sings, Now He Sobs. This version was recorded in a trio setting alongside bassist Miroslav Vitous and drummer Roy Haynes. Several other Corea standards would follow, such as “Spain” and “La Fiesta.”
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