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Photos: Chick Corea and Béla Fleck in Virginia

Bluegrass meets jazz as masters hold summit

Bela Fleck and Chick Corea, Virginia, Oct. 2015
Bela Fleck and Chick Corea, Virginia, Oct. 2015

It shouldn’t work, banjo and piano, but in the hands of these two masters, Chick Corea and Béla Fleck, it more than worked. The audience was treated to a mixture of jazz, bluegrass, country, funk, rock and folk, two sets of mostly the musicians’ own compositions and one Stevie Wonder song, “Overjoyed.” Between tunes, Fleck and Corea engaged in easy banter with the audience, joking about song titles and sometimes just sitting in awe of the other’s playing.

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