CHICK COREA AND GARY BURTON TURN UP THE HEAT ON 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLABORATIVE PROJECT - HOT HOUSE
Pianist Chick Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton became a collaborative team almost by accident. Their first musical encounter took place at a jazz festival in Germany in 1972, when they performed together in a spur-of-the-moment encore. The results were so satisfying -- not only to the audience but to the artists themselves -- that the two musicians reconvened in a recording studio a couple months later to record the intricate yet highly melodic Crystal Silence, their first of several collaborative studio projects.
The impromptu encounter in Germany marked the beginning of a musical partnership that has lasted for four decades -- not only on the performance stage but also over the course of seven recordings. Despite the years that have come and gone since that fateful European gig, the duo of Corea and Burton have not lost their ability to generate their unique brand of what could best be described as cool heat.
This highly creative and prolific team celebrates forty years of great jazz with the September 4, 2012, release of Hot House (CJA-33363-02), on Concord Jazz, a division of Concord Music Group.
"Though we often go for months at a time between duet tours while we are playing music on our own,' Burton says, "within about ten minutes of getting together again, the old communication snaps back into place. I can guess what Chick is going to play next from two blocks away, and he is the same with me. Certainly, the principal reason we have continued to work together all this time is because we have this natural reaction."