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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 16, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: ECM Records
  • ASIN: B00000APVF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,302 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I first picked up this 1973 album on vinyl about twenty years ago based on a review in the ROLLING STONE RECORD GUIDE when I began making musical journeys outside the realm of classic rock. Gary Burton is one of the finest vibraphonists of all time. [Burton's bands included such guitarists as Larry Coryell, John Scofield and Pat Metheny]. And Chick Corea is among the most significant keyboard players in jazz. [His fusion band Return to Forever included guitar wunderkind Al DiMeola.]
Both artists had been releasing solo albums since the Sixties before teaming up in the Seventies for their first of three duet albums. This nine-song collection is performed in a purely duet setting, with Corea and Burton performing songs by Steve Swallow (an alum of the Gary Burton Quartet), pianist/arranger Mike Gibbs, and Corea himself, who composed five of the tracks including the splendid "Senor Mouse."
What makes Burton's vibes playing so unique is his use of four mallets simultaneously to give it a richer fuller tone. And Corea's piano work is nothing short of astounding. For the uninitiated, don't let the term "jazz" scare you away from this recording. This music is quiet, soothing and introspective. The perfect balm at the end of a hectic day. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stuart Robert Harris on August 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Forget your lift music, cocktail lounge prejudices - in the hands of Gary Burton, the vibes become infinitely expressive. Penetrating, soulful, jazzy, bluesy, quirky, Burton does the lot in a spirited partnership with Chick Corea.
Crystal Silence is a tour de force, music of great inventiveness and depth, beautifully recorded. Highly recommended.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Charles F. Beach on August 2, 2000
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Gary Burton was impressing the likes of Chet Atkins and others in Nashville in 1956. I was playing on a live ABC TV network program with Chet Atkins when he asked me if I knew about Gary. I did not, but some years later I realized that Atkins, Eddie Arnold and the rest of those famous Nashville people knew a real talent when they heard one. Gary Burton soon became my "number one" on vibes, no disrepect for Milt Jackson intended. I have loved this "album" from the day I bought it from, and had it signed by, Gary himself. As noted, this was an LP when first released. Burton was appearing at a Kansas City music store promotion and seeing him play was an inspiring sight. His command of four mallets AND his astonishing technique is surpassed only by his ability to pull the listener along, step by exciting step, to ever more interesting levels of melodic and harmonic exploration. If you haven't hear Gary Burton before, where have you been? He was number one for years in the reader's Down Beat magazine polls. My current favorite CD is "Like Minds"!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Randolph S. Brush on October 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was fortunate enough, many years ago to be in NYC during the Jazz festival time. We had tickets one night to a show featuring the Woody Herman Big Band, then Chick Corea with the MusicMagic line-up. Anyway, there was an hour delay in setting up Chick after Woody that had an unbelievable resolution. Gary Burton was there, and he & Chick played basically the entire Crystal Silence album on stage while they set-up Chick Corea's band.

This is an unbeleivable album, probably one of my top five all time albums of any genre. It's also an amazing album for any aspiring drumkit player to practice with.

I would give it more stars if I could.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mike on December 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I've been listening to this album since it first came out in '73 and I've never tired of it. I'm still moved by this music. Whenever these two musicians get together, the result is magical.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Suzn on April 4, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Why did I as high school boy who knew nothing about jazz, fusion, Chick Corea, Gary Burton or much of anything else pick up and buy this lp at MusicLand in the Tippecanoe Mall in about 1979? I don't know. I do know I was looking for something I'd never heard before, and this album drew me to it. Maybe it was the mysterious sunrise (or sunset?)picture on the cover. I distinctly remember picking it out though. Wow! What a great album. I've wandered around all kinds of music since, and have recently dusted off my old lps. This one still stands as a fave. My old vinyl is pretty crackly, so I look forward to getting a new CD of it and being wowed once again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "gordonmeeks" on February 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This has been my theme music since perhaps 1974. I drift away from it periodically, only to be drawn back to these melodies for inspiration, solace and re-assurance. Gary Burton and Chick Corea are consummate musicians, but this collection is their "crystalization" in musical perfection. Their other works just don't do much for me. For context, I am a Modern Jazz Quartet devotee.
The Crystal Silence duet affects my spirit/mind/body with the assurance that all is as it should be. I work more fluidly, think more vividly, relax more completely and "wist" more assuredly. Other listeners with a higher vibration rate will eschew these recordings. I'm grateful not to be speeding along that path.
These meditations are sublime.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Kilbourne on January 13, 2009
Format: Audio CD
"Crystal Silence" should be required listening for anyone who stumbles for the first time upon the musical genre of jazz. It is a primer: written notes sounding of improvisation, duets that segue seamlessly from one musician to the other, a sum that is so much more than its parts.

Gary Burton and Chick Corea are two giants in the pantheon of late twentieth century jazz, and this album, recorded in 1972, demonstrates why. The brilliant, exuberant duets these two masters perform remind us (or introduce us) to the most basic and compelling element of jazz - the conversation it creates among musicians (and the joy it brings us as listeners).

Hearing this exquisite marriage of piano and vibraphone is to experience the sound of crystal silence, still a musical tour de force after 35 years!
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