Crystal Silence (Remastered) Gary Burton & Chick Corea

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Label: ECM

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Contemporary Jazz

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  • 1Señor Mouse06:27
  • 2Arise, Her Eyes05:11
  • 3I'm Your Pal04:02
  • 4Desert Air06:25
  • 5Crystal Silence09:06
  • 6Falling Grace02:43
  • 7Feeling and Things04:46
  • 8Children's Song02:12
  • 9What Game Shall We Play Today03:43
  • Total Runtime44:35

Info for Crystal Silence (Remastered)

Das Duo Corea/Burton hatte sich auf Initiative von Manfred Eicher formiert. Das 1972 aufgenommene Crystal Silence brachte eine neue kammermusikalische Sensibilität in die Jazzimprovisation und zeichnete sich durch ein sprudelnde Melodien und Gegenmelodien aus, mit synchronisierten Klangkaskaden in einer sich ständig verändernden harmonischen Bewegung. „Es wird ein bisschen magisch“, sagte Corea damals. Das Magazin Stereo Review urteilte: „Crystal Silence ist ein Album voll außergewöhnlichen Musikantentums und von seltener Schönheit. Kam jemals haben sich zwei Musiker so perfekt ergänzt und selten hören wir ein Album von so durchgängiger Exzellenz und Originalität.“

Im Begleittext zur CD "The New Crystal Silence" schreibt der Gitarrist Pat Metheny, der mit den beiden Musikern befreundet ist und mehrfach zusammenspielte: "Als 'Crystal Silence' erschien, klang die Musik absolut frisch und unverbraucht. Jetzt, 35 Jahre später, hat sich daran nichts geändert. Nur daß die Frische nun noch durch dreieinhalb Jahrzehnte geteilte Lebenerfahrung ergänzt wurde. Man spürt hier einen Hauch von Unendlichkeit und Ewigkeit. Es ist, als könnten Chick und Gary sich jedes Stück, das es wert ist gespielt zu werden, vorknöpfen und bis in alle Ewigkeit spielen und dabei jedesmal etwas Neues aus ihm herausholen. Dieses Gefühl der Endlosigkeit gibt einem Hoffnung und Inspiration. Und das ist meines Erachtens auch die Botschaft ihrer Musik."

"...Wie Vibraphonist und Pianist die Kühle und Wärme ihrer Instrumente kombinieren, wie sie ihre Soli gegenseitig untermalen, wie ihre Themen aus- schwingen, degradiert jegliches New Age." (AUDIO)

Gary Burton, vibraphone
Chick Corea, piano

Recorded on November 6, 1972 at Arne Bendiksen Studio, Oslo
Engineered by Jan Erik Kongshaug
Produced by Manfred Eicher

Digitally remastered

Gary Burton
Born in 1943 and raised in Indiana, Gary Burton taught himself to play the vibraphone and, at the age of 17, made his recording debut in Nashville, Tennessee, with guitarists Hank Garland and Chet Atkins. Two years later, Burton left his studies at Berklee College of Music to join George Shearing and subsequently Stan Getz, with whom he worked from 1964-1966. As a member of Getz’s quartet, Burton won Down Beat magazine’s Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition award in 1965. By the time he left Getz to form his own quartet in 1967, Burton had also recorded three albums under his name for RCA. Borrowing rhythms and sonorities from rock music, while maintaining jazz’s emphasis on improvisation and harmonic complexity, Burton’s first quartet attracted large audiences from both sides of the jazz-rock spectrum. Such albums as Duster and Lofty Fake Anagram established Burton and his band as progenitors of the jazz fusion phenomenon.

Chick Corea
An NEA Jazz Master, 16-time Grammy® winner, prolific composer and undisputed keyboard virtuoso, Chick Corea has attained living legend status after four decades of unparalleled creativity and an artistic output that is simply staggering.

From straight ahead to avant-garde, bebop to fusion, children’s songs to chamber music, along with some far-reaching forays into symphonic works, Chick Corea has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his illustrious career while maintaining a standard of excellence that is awe-inspiring. A tirelessly creative spirit, Chick Corea continues to forge ahead, continually reinventing himself in the process.

Chick Corea began his career with apprenticeships with the likes of Stan Getz, Sarah Vaughan and Miles Davis’s band, where he participated in such landmark sessions as In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew. Embarking on a solo career in 1966, Chick Corea has been at the forefront of jazz, both as a renowned pianist forging new ground with his acoustic jazz bands and as an innovative electric keyboardist with Return to Forever and the Elektric Band. His extensive discography boasts numerous essential albums, beginning with his 1968 classic, Now He Sings, Now He Sobs.

Chick Corea continues to make a significant impact on the scene, as evidenced by 2007’s Grammy®-winning The Enchantment (duets with banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck), 2008’s The New Crystal Silence (duets with long-standing collaborator Gary Burton), 2009’s Returns (documenting Return To Forever’s 2008 reunion tour) and 2009’s Grammy®-winning Five Peace Band Live (with John McLaughlin, Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett and Vinnie Colaiuta).

2011 demonstrated Chick Corea’s virtuosity in all its forms: he mounted a hugely successful world tour with Return to Forever IV, received a Latin Grammy® for the Corea, Clarke & White album Forever, released the acclaimed piano duet album Orvieto with Stefano Bollani, recorded his second concerto, The Continents, with a 30-piece orchestra (due for release on Deutsche Grammophon in February 2012) and capped the year with a month-long, career-spanning residency at New York’s Blue Note, featuring ten bands, including John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock and Bobby McFerrin.

Booklet for Crystal Silence (Remastered)

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