CD review: Chick Corea & Gary Burton

Hot House
(Concord)

The pianist and the vibraharpist have a relationship as a musical duo that goes back 40 years, and their interaction is raised to the near telepathic.

This charming collection opens with McCartney’s Eleanor Rigby, and takes in some originals and other jazz standards, including My Ship, Once I Loved, Can’t We Be Friends, before closing with the gorgeous Chega de Saudade from the pen of Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Both can be quite busy players, so how they manage to stay out of each other’s way on the more up tempo tracks is a constant sense of wonder.

And that certain Spanish feel is never far away when Chick Corea is involved, which adds subtle spice to the whole proceedings. For his Mozart Goes Dancing the duo is joined by a string quartet.

The ten-minute My Ship makes a fine centrepiece.

Here they are introducing the album to you all:

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