Gary Burton & Chick Corea – Crystal Silence: The Complete ECM Recordings

January 01, 1970

(ECM)

 

www.ecmrecords.com

 

2009
marked the 40th anniversary of the launch of ECM, one of the most
consistently credible and crucial record labels in modern jazz. And since its
humble beginnings as the brainchild of German record producer Manfred Eicher,
the Munich-born imprint has delivered us some of the most elegant,
advanced-thinking jazz laid to wax from such legends as Keith Jarrett, John
Abercrombie, Don Cherry, Pat Metheny, Charles Lloyd and Jack DeJohnette to name
just a few.

 

However,
one of the label’s all-time cornerstones has got to be the 1972 collaborative
LP between vibe master Gary Burton and piano great Chick Corea. 1972’s Crystal
Silence
is one of ECM’s very first official releases, but also said to be
one of the very first jazz duo albums ever recorded as well. And a most
beautiful one at that, as Burton
and Corea’s respective instruments and the impeccable skills they accompany
combine to form one voice in an eloquent conversation of virtuosity into which
any fan of jazz should eavesdrop. This beautifully simple four-disc box set
collects the entirety of the Burton-Corea duo’s recorded output for ECM,
including 1978’s Duet album and their classic live double LP In Concert,
Zürich, October 28, 1979
, which features two live cuts, “I’m Your Pal/Hullo
Bolinas” and “Love Castle”, that appear on CD for the first time ever. The set
also features liner notes from Swiss journalist Peter Rüedi and writer Steve Lake
that give a great overview of this colossal collaboration.

 

Crystal
Silence: The Complete ECM Recordings
is chamber jazz at its finest and some
of the most relaxing music you could find.

 

Standout Tracks: “Arise, Her Eyes”,
“Senor Mouse” (live version), “Falling Grace”, “Radio”, “I’m Your Pal/Hullo,
Bolinas” (live) RON HART

 

 

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