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Chick Corea & Gary Burton: The New Crystal Silence

Chick Corea

Reunions happen all the time in jazz. But in mid-2006, when Chick Corea and Gary Burton announced their intention to get back together, it started a buzz. The duo’s 1972 ECM album Crystal Silence occupies a special place in jazz history. If you are a jazz fan who is old enough, you either owned that LP or knew someone who did. It was one of the earliest successful manifestations of an art form that came to be called chamber jazz. Crystal Silence was often playing in the background in the early ’70s, one of the soundtracks to that era.

Corea and Burton made four more albums over the following 35 years (three of them duets), and performed together at least once every year. But their new joint project has been greeted as a major reunion event because of its scale. In 2007 they gave 75 duo concerts all over the world. And now there is a double live album, The New Crystal Silence. One CD was recorded at the Molde Jazz Festival in Norway with the duo alone, and one was recorded in Australia with the Sydney Symphony.

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