These two virtuosic improvisors first worked together in 1972, and their album from that year, Crystal Silence, is one of the landmarks of jazz history. Since then the duo has only recorded five other albums, but they perform together nearly every year. This deep and substantive musical friendship is evident in their seamless interplay and timeless interpretations of their tunes.
Chick Corea is one of the most important jazz pianists in the world, and is one of the most prolific composers of the last 50 years. From his early days with Blue Mitchell and Mongo Santamaria to his important work with the beginnings of electric fusion with Miles Davis and Return to Forever, Corea has constantly been at the crux of what is new in the jazz world. He has won 15 Grammy Awards, having been nominated a staggering 51 times.
Gary Burton is easily the most influential vibraphonist of his generation and is one of the most unique jazz artists to have emerged in the last 50 years. Getting his start with George Shearing and Stan Getz, Burton has been recording under his own name for over 40 years, resulting in 6 Grammy Awards and 15 Grammy nominations, and countless awards from esteemed jazz publications. He also has a long history with the Berklee College of Music in Boston, spending 33 years at the school as instructor, Dean of Curriculum, and Executive Vice President.
The double-CD live concert recording, The New Crystal Silence, came out in 2008, resulting in the sixth Grammy for Gary Burton and the 14th for Corea at the 2009 Grammy Awards.