CHICK COREA & GARY BURTON
The New Crystal Silence Concord
“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.