Chick Corea + Béla Fleck
Pianist Chick Corea and banjoist Béla Fleck last toured as a duo five years ago following the release of their only album, 2007's The Enchantment. Fleck, who has revolutionized banjo repertoire by spreading its scope from bluegrass to jazz and classical, cites Corea's pioneering jazz fusion group Return to Forever as a key early influence. Both men have thrived on taking the art forms of collaboration and improvisation to new heights. The Enchantment is a fascinating musical tangle. Corea's "Señorita" is an exotic Latin dance, the piano and banjo repeatedly challenging each other with florid flourishes. Fleck's countryish "Spectacle" assumes a ragtime air as Corea juxtaposes Fleck's feverish picking with stride-like piano phrases. On "Mountain" Corea adapts the banjo's bluegrass plucking style to the keyboard, while Fleck's lovely "Waltse for Abby" swirls with pastel shades of jazz and classical. This show should be extraordinary in every sense of the word.
Mon., April 1, 7 p.m., 2013
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