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Crystal Silence
Chick Corea, Gary Burton
Crystal Silence
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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This 1979 album by pianist Chick Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton helped establish the viability of a modern chamber approach to jazz. Thank Corea's versatile, relaxed seamless use of jazz, folk, and Latin forms together...  more »

      
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All Artists: Chick Corea, Gary Burton
Title: Crystal Silence
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: ECM Records
Release Date: 11/16/1999
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Jazz Fusion, Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 042283133129

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This 1979 album by pianist Chick Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton helped establish the viability of a modern chamber approach to jazz. Thank Corea's versatile, relaxed seamless use of jazz, folk, and Latin forms together with classical complexity and rigor. In Burton, he finds the perfect counterpart. In "Senor Mouse" and "What Game Shall We Play," in particular, the two lock in, as if one player were in full command of some delightfully hybrid, hammered instrument. Corea, with ringing, appropriately crystalline tone and careful modulation, often soars, often frolics, but never descends to banality. Burton, with his usual extraordinary four-mallet expansiveness, acts as both musical prompt and magnifier. The timbres and tones of piano and vibes are complementary, as are the sympathies of two surpassing players. --Peter Monaghan

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CD Reviews

Crystal Silence - Duets at their very best
Randolph S. Brush | Grinnell, IA | 10/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was fortunate enough, many years ago to be in NYC during the Jazz festival time. We had tickets one night to a show featuring the Woody Herman Big Band, then Chick Corea with the MusicMagic line-up. Anyway, there was an hour delay in setting up Chick after Woody that had an unbelievable resolution. Gary Burton was there, and he & Chick played basically the entire Crystal Silence album on stage while they set-up Chick Corea's band.

This is an unbeleivable album, probably one of my top five all time albums of any genre. It's also an amazing album for any aspiring drumkit player to practice with.

I would give it more stars if I could."
Crystal Silence is Great
Suzn | Phila.,, PA United States | 04/04/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Why did I as high school boy who knew nothing about jazz, fusion, Chick Corea, Gary Burton or much of anything else pick up and buy this lp at MusicLand in the Tippecanoe Mall in about 1979? I don't know. I do know I was looking for something I'd never heard before, and this album drew me to it. Maybe it was the mysterious sunrise (or sunset?)picture on the cover. I distinctly remember picking it out though. Wow! What a great album. I've wandered around all kinds of music since, and have recently dusted off my old lps. This one still stands as a fave. My old vinyl is pretty crackly, so I look forward to getting a new CD of it and being wowed once again."
A Classic - at 35 Years and Counting
L. Kilbourne | 01/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Crystal Silence" should be required listening for anyone who stumbles for the first time upon the musical genre of jazz. It is a primer: written notes sounding of improvisation, duets that segue seamlessly from one musician to the other, a sum that is so much more than its parts.

Gary Burton and Chick Corea are two giants in the pantheon of late twentieth century jazz, and this album, recorded in 1972, demonstrates why. The brilliant, exuberant duets these two masters perform remind us (or introduce us) to the most basic and compelling element of jazz - the conversation it creates among musicians (and the joy it brings us as listeners).

Hearing this exquisite marriage of piano and vibraphone is to experience the sound of crystal silence, still a musical tour de force after 35 years!"