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Chick Corea & Gary Burton - Jazz

Chick Corea & Gary Burton Jazz
Release Date: 03/27/2012 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 107083  
Composer:  Chick CoreaBéla BartókThelonious Monk
Performer:  Chick CoreaGary Burton
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Chick Corea, piano
Gary Burton, vibraphone

Recorded live at the Munich Philharmonie, 1997

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Do
lby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Running time: 94 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)

Programme:

Love Castle (Chick Corea)
Native Sense (Chick Corea)
Duende (Chick Corea)
No Mystery (Chick Corea)
Bagatelle VI (Bela Bartok / Chick Corea)
Postscript (Chick Corea)
Bagatelle II (Bela Bartok / Chick Corea)
Four in One (Thelonius Monk)
Tango ’92 (Chick Corea)
Rhumbata (Chick Corea)
Bud Powell (Chick Corea)
La
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CHICK COREA & GARY BURTON: JAZZ Chick Corea (pn); Gary Burton (vib) ARTHAUS MUSIK 107083 (93:00) Live: Munich 1997


This 1997 Munich concert by Chick Corea and Gary Burton generally duplicates most of the material on their duet CD of the time, Native Sense: The New Duets ; but of course, being jazz musicians, their playing is anything but the same. I really enjoy the opening number, Love Castle , but the harmonic and rhythmic monotony of Native Sense makes this piece, for me, overstay its welcome. I am also not entirely happy with the following number, Duende , but here not so much for the tune’s construction as simply because the improvisations are fairly predictable and ordinary.


But then comes a medley in which Corea’s own tune Postscript is sandwiched between two reworkings of Bartók bagatelles, and suddenly the entire mood of the concert is changed. Locked into more complex harmonies, suddenly inspired and spurring each other on, Corea and Burton light up the Munich Philharmonie and the audience knows it—what was merely polite applause for the first four numbers suddenly becomes an explosion of joyous, spontaneous approval. Nor is this sudden finding of the zone lost on the performers. From that point on, this concert rises above the mundane and becomes magical.


Thus the duo progresses from marvel to marvel, Burton’s vibes humming merrily to a dance that only the pair of them can feel inside their heads, Corea sometimes leading but just as often following his partner. Monk’s classic Four in One is sped up, dissected, and reassembled to suit their own lights; I’ve not heard a better version than one of Monk’s own. Corea’s highly imaginative and rhythmically fractured Tango ’92 becomes yet another highlight, and practically blends into another of his Latin-inspired compositions, Rhumbata.


One realizes that this closed the planned portion of the program when we see Corea and Burton walk off stage during the thunderous applause, but they return to give not one but two encores: Corea’s tribute to one of his childhood idols, Bud Powell, and a brand-new version of a tune that became a fan favorite with his early ’70s band Return to Forever, La Fiesta . The familiar melody is dissected, fractured in rhythm, reworked harmonically, then put back together by Burton and Corea to create an entirely new edifice using older materials. This is truly great art.


The lighting and camerawork are excellent, the images clear, and the choice of shots well made. There’s just one drawback: I don’t listen with my eyes, and to watch Corea and Burton play this music is, for me, not a whit more exciting or enjoyable than just listening to it. In fact, if I were to repeat the experience I would rather just listen to it because I can zone in on their changes and improvisations better. Being in person at a concert such as this would of course be a thrill, and of course I wish I had been, but watching a reproduction of a concert is not the same thing as being there. Thus, your decision to acquire this or not will ultimately come down to whether or not watching a video of a 15-year-old concert will provide the same thrill for you as being there when it happened. The music, however, is undeniably great.


FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

1.
Love Castle by Chick Corea
Performer:  Chick Corea (Piano), Gary Burton (Vibraphone)
2.
Native Sense by Chick Corea
Performer:  Chick Corea (Piano), Gary Burton (Vibraphone)
3.
Duende by Chick Corea
Performer:  Chick Corea (Piano), Gary Burton (Vibraphone)
4.
No Mystery by Chick Corea
Performer:  Chick Corea (Piano), Gary Burton (Vibraphone)
5.
Bagatelles (14) for Piano, Op. 6/Sz 38: no 6 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Chick Corea (Piano), Gary Burton (Vibraphone)
Notes: Arranger: Chick Corea  
6.
Postscript by Chick Corea
Performer:  Chick Corea (Piano), Gary Burton (Vibraphone)
7.
Bagatelles (14) for Piano, Op. 6/Sz 38: no 2, Allegro giocoso by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Chick Corea (Piano), Gary Burton (Vibraphone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; Budapest, Hungary 
Notes: Arranger: Chick Corea 
8.
Four in One by Thelonious Monk
Performer:  Chick Corea (Piano), Gary Burton (Vibraphone)
9.
Tango '92 by Chick Corea
Performer:  Chick Corea (Piano), Gary Burton (Vibraphone)
10.
Rhumbata by Chick Corea
Performer:  Chick Corea (Piano), Gary Burton (Vibraphone)
11.
Bud Powell by Chick Corea
Performer:  Chick Corea (Piano), Gary Burton (Vibraphone)
12.
La Fiesta by Chick Corea
Performer:  Chick Corea (Piano), Gary Burton (Vibraphone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 

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