CHICK COREA & GARY BUR­TON

The New Crys­tal Si­lence Con­cord

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - RAY COMISKEY

“Dazzle” is among the at­tributes of Corea-Bur­ton en­coun­ters, and there’s plenty of it in this live re­lease. Over two CDs, for all its bril­liance, it might be too much of an undi­luted good thing. But con­trast is on the first, recorded in con­cert with the Syd­ney Sym­phony, where Tim Gar­land’s skil­ful or­ches­tra­tions seek to strike some bal­ance be­tween in­te­grat­ing all three el­e­ments and al­low­ing Corea and Bur­ton the space to do their thing, with Crys­tal Si­lence no­table in a meet­ing more suc­cess­ful than not. As al­ways, though, the real magic comes when Corea and Bur­ton are left to their own de­vices, as they are on the sec­ond CD. Bur­ton re­mains un­fazed by the com­plex­i­ties of Corea’s writ­ing and both seem un­can­nily able, in ef­fect, to fin­ish each other’s sen­tences in per­for­mance. And, well as Corea plays – and he is mar­vel­lous – Bur­ton’s vibes are a joy through­out.

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