Review by J Hunter
The audience at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall didn’t just know Chick Corea and Gary Burton because of their respective (and impeccable) musical resumes. They knew them because everybody’s met one example of these guys sometime in their lives – i.e. two people who’ve been together so long, they complete each other’s sentences. It’s an effect that goes beyond marriages, beyond families.
“That’s a song we’ve been playing for 40 years,” Corea told us at the end of Tadd Dameron’s “Hot House,” the title track from Corea and Burton’s latest recorded collaboration. Corea’s smile really lit up the space, something it did not do in the first set: Some sort of foreign object (a piano-tuner’s tool, presumably) had gotten wedged inside the piano, and it was noticeably effecting the sound of the instrument – not enough to stop the show, or even to damage the overall beauty of the first set, but it definitely put Corea off his mental game.