â€œThe performing we have done over the past year has been our best in 35 years, and we are very pleased to make it available on these CDs.â€ â€“ Gary Burton
â€œThe way we were approaching the music during our 35th anniversary concert tour was so different that I thought it warranted documentation.â€ â€“ Chick Corea
(Los Angeles, CA) â€“ On February 5th in celebration of the Corea-Burton duoâ€™s 35th anniversary, Concord Records will release The New Crystal Silence; a double CD featuring the pair performing with the Sydney Symphony and also as a duet captured in a sublime performance at the Molde Jazz Festival in Molde, Norway.
The opening CD was recorded May 10 & 12 2007, at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall with the Sydney Symphony, which was celebrating its 75th anniversary. The material presented to the Australian orchestras included new arrangements to such Corea compositions as â€œDuende,â€ â€œCrystal Silenceâ€ and â€œLa Fiesta,â€ which represented music the piano-vibes duo has performed on their earlier albums
On the second CD of The New Crystal Silence collection, Corea & Burton deliver new spins on such old duet material as â€œLa Fiestaâ€â€”the very first tune the pair played together in 1972 at a jazz festival in Munich, before the first Crystal Silence recording. In addition, they perform Coreaâ€™s â€œAlegriaâ€ and an epic new rendition of Gershwinâ€™s â€œI Loves You Porgy.â€
Friend and collaborator Pat Metheny lauds the duoâ€™s creatively vibrant history and concludes: â€œWhen Crystal Silence came out, there was a freshness about itâ€¦35 years later, that freshness remains, enhanced by three decades of shared life experiences.â€