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Concert Review: Chick Corea & Béla Fleck, Milwaukee, April 2, 2013

A happy collision of musical worlds

Chick Corea and Bela Fleck
Chick Corea and Bela Fleck
Bela Fleck (Photo by Stephanie Lynne)

Billed on the artists’ own websites as “a collision of musical worlds,” Chick Corea’s piano and Béla Fleck’s banjo never once crashed during two hours of duets April 2 in Milwaukee. Instead, the duo travelled together beautifully on a path of musical inventiveness.

As the house went dark, the musicians immediately dove for deep water, beginning the concert with lengthy versions of Corea’s “Senorita” and Fleck’s “Menagerie.” The first set was well under way before they surfaced long enough to greet the crowd and then offer Fleck’s ballad, “Waltse for Abby.” This was followed by Corea’s strangely titled, but exquisitely played, “Joban Dna Nopia.”

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