Bril­liance re­vis­ited 35 years on

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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music - John McBeath

JAZZ The New Crys­tal Si­lence Chick Corea and Gary Bur­ton

PI­ANIST Chick Corea and vi­bra­phon­ist Gary Bur­ton go back more than 35 years, and this dou­ble album re­vis­its the style and a cou­ple of songs from their 1972 duo album Crys­tal Si­lence . Given Corea’s di­verse mu­si­cal in­ter­ests — he has played with jazz greats such as Miles Davis and Stan Getz, and writ­ten classical com­po­si­tions — his col­lab­o­ra­tion with Bur­ton and the Syd­ney Sym­phony, on disc one, comes as no sur­prise. Bri­tish sax­o­phon­ist and com­poser Tim Gar­land ar­ranged five of Corea’s pieces into lengthy works recorded live last May at the Syd­ney Opera House, with the orches­tra con­ducted by Jonathan Stock­ham­mer. The ar­range­ments over­come the dif­fi­cul­ties of com­bin­ing a jazz group and an orches­tra: Corea and Bur­ton play in a classical style and have largely re­moved swing­ing el­e­ments from their play­ing. The open­ing track, Duende , flows with the mo­men­tum of a pas­toral over­ture. Disc two, recorded last July at Nor­way’s Molde Jazz Fes­ti­val, fea­tures the duet and is more a stylis­tic reprise of the orig­i­nal Crys­tal Si­lence . It is in­ter­est­ing to com­pare record­ings of the only track on both CDs of this dou­ble album, Corea’s pop­u­lar La Fi­esta . Both ver­sions start with out- of- tempo in­tro­duc­tions by pi­ano and vibes. The or­ches­tral ac­com­pa­ni­ment on disc one cre­ates Span­ish rhythms evoca­tive of a com­po­si­tion by Al­b­eniz. On disc two, La Fi­esta moves into fast rhyth­mic pas­sages, more like the familiar Span­ish in­flu­ence in jazz. Tem­pos al­ter through­out, and the two play­ers com­ple­ment each other as if from shared DNA. Tech­nique, ideas, vir­tu­osic so­los and ensem­ble play­ing hold the pieces to­gether with seam­less bril­liance.

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