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The New Crystal Silence Live

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  • Audio CD (February 5, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B0011U8O1A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,432 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By jimmy on March 7, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Though this live double CD marks the 35th anniversary of pianist Chick Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burtons landmark piano and vibes album "Crystal Silence", it is in no sense a retread of the original.
The pair have collaborated regularly since that seminal debut, and have pushed what was already a sophisticated musical dialogue to ever-more rarefied levels of invention.
This double CD caters for both the converted and the doubters Burton originally anticipated: half the tracks are just for piano and vibes, the other half have the support of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra playing Tim Garland's arrangements of jazz classics and Burton's and Corea's regular duo material.
The years have brought an air of ease and relaxation to the duo's hyper-aware, hyper-responsive virtuosity.
Corea and Burton, both consummate virtuosos, are at the peak of their improvising game here, and the double-disc set is worth it for their dialogue alone.
Only two the original tunes appear here: an orchestral version of "Crystal Silence" (Corea's original from the 1972 "Return To Forever" album) - and a performance of "Señor Mouse" recorded in Tenerife added to a duo concert recorded at the Molde Jazz Festival.
Disc 1, features the pair performing with the Sydney Symphony: a lush backdrop, with echoes of Ravel in the orchestration.
Disc 2 shifts from grandiosity to intimacy, as Corea and Burton explore standards and revisit old favourites like "Senor Mouse" and "La Fiesta" without any distractions.
Either in orchestral or chamber mode, the results are equally impressive: their playing together is impeccable, immaculate and perennially fresh.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. Minkovitch on March 6, 2008
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It's surprising that a few people found this great release disappointing. This collection is not a great surprise perhaps, but it's beatiful and highly inspired. You'll find new songs and arrangements here that shine a different light on the classic Corea songs. Only two songs from the original Crystal Silence album are included here - the ubiquitous Senor Mouse and the magnificently lyrical Crystal Silence. The contemporary classical orchestral arrangements are a great addition - they bring out the tonal colors and textures that are otherwise not present in a duet format. Speaking of which, Chick Corea's music adapts itself easily and naturally to any format - electric, acoustic, solo, duet or orchestral, in which he is perfectly at home. The package is really nicely designed as well, including great photographs from past and present and liner notes by Pat Metheny, Chick Corea and Gary Burton. Thoroughly enjoyable and not to be missed by Chick Corea fans.
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30 of 39 people found the following review helpful By J. Koerner on April 27, 2008
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Although disc 2 is another wonderful collaboration between Corea and Burton -- brilliant, spare -- the orchesteral arrangements on Disc 1 come off like they were written by John Williams for a Spielberg film and played by the City of Prague Orchestra. Compare them to the arrangements on Corea. Concerto (unfortunately, you will not pick this up in the 30 second samples). In that earlier work, the orchestra adds a distinctive new thematic element. Here, it's all melodramatic crescendos, with the strings and horns repeating the main theme over and over, as you find in soundtrack music.

Enjoy disc 2 and use disc 1 as a coaster.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DJH on April 14, 2008
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You might argue that there really is nothing new here. I believe that all of this material has been recorded previously, and some items have extensive coverage by other jazz artists (e.g. Waltz for Debby). Also, of course, Messrs. Corea and Burton have performed and recorded on multiple occasions.

But to me, this comfortable material (I hesitate to call it "old") provides an excellent platform for re-exploration and re-interpretation. The melodies may be old, but the music is new, fresh, invigorating, dynamic, powerful in spots and playful in others.

The energy in these performances, some of them in front of a live audience, is palpable. I find the musical interplay hints at an exuberance, a joyfulness which is almost infectious. I am very fond of some of this material which I associate with a more electric and eclectic Return to Forever period but these acoustic performances are dazzling.

The "quality" here is absolutely stunning: the musicianship, the improvisation, the "crispness" of the complicated melodies.

If I were to voice any negative, it is that there isn't a three minute cut to offer to a friend; these compositions are more complicated and require somewhat more attention than some might be willing to give. Otherwise, this is an outstanding set of recordings.

This is an album I return to in the afternoon to rejuvenate and raise my spirits.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Austin R. Woodard on February 20, 2008
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The latest recordings by one of the greatest duos in jazz is recommended because any opportunity to hear Chick and Gary is a pleasure but the orchestral arrangements do not substantially add to the pleasure of listening to these two wonderful performers. The strings don't detract from the performances, but for me the greatest pleasure is the simple pairing of Chick and Gary-superb performers, composers, and collaborators.
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