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Chick Corea & Gary Burton – Hot House [TrackList follows] – Concord Jazz

Observing 40 years of performing as a duo, this is Corea and Biurton's latest.

Published on July 24, 2012

Chick Corea & Gary Burton – Hot House [TrackList follows] – Concord Jazz

Chick Corea & Gary Burton – Hot House [TrackList follows] Concord Jazz CIA-33363-02 *****:

Corea and Burton began their collaborations of grand piano and vibes 40 years ago almost by accident, at a jazz festival in Germany. The first release in their partnership was Crystal Silence . What’s different about this new album is the mix of some standards with the originals, plus the final track preview of their next album, which will add the Harlem String Quartet.

Chick is of course a living legend of jazz, with five decades of amazing versatility and creativity. He’s won 17 Grammies. Gary Burton was the youngest to ever receive Downbeat’s Jazzman of the Year award (1968), and has recorded for several different labels, including RCA and ECM.

The duo gets into three lush and tuneful Brazilian numbers—both of them having worked with Stan Getz on his Brazilian albums. There is also a rather unknown Art Tatum number— a hero of both performers. In fact most of the standards are of the less hackneyed variety, which is welcome. Burton says “…after four decades, we are as excited as ever about the music we’re playing and how much fun we have on stage every night.”

Corea has his usual personal thanks credit to L. Ron Hubbard, but you can just ignore that.

Can’t We Be Friends, Eleanor Rigby, Chega de Saudate, Time Remembered, Hot House, Strange Meadow Lark, Light Blue, One I Loved, My Ship, Mozart Goes Dancing.

—John Henry

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