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  posted on 2/16/2007 at 07:56 AM
I've got tickets to see Chick Corea and Bela Fleck next Saturday night. Has anybody seen this show? I'm wondering what to expect.

 

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  posted on 2/16/2007 at 10:33 AM
Haven't seen them together, but I've seen Corea MANY times and Fleck once. With the level of musicianship those two guys are on, I cannot imagine this being anything but just incredible.

 

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  posted on 2/16/2007 at 11:16 AM
Agree with Rob - haven't seen them together but have seen them separately with other bands and both were great! Enjoy, Rusty!

 

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  posted on 2/20/2007 at 04:15 PM
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http://www.news-journalonline.com/NewsJournalOnline/Entertainment/Headlines /entMUS01022007.htm


February 20, 2007

Banjo and piano jumble up for magical concert



By RICK de YAMPERT
Entertainment Writer
DAYTONA BEACH -- When jazz keyboardist Chick Corea took the stage Monday night at Peabody Auditorium with banjo player Bela Fleck, he feigned astonishment and asked the crowd, "You're not racing tonight?!"

Not long into the duo's concert -- which Corea had said was their first public performance ever -- the crowd was wrapped up in joyous astonishment, and not a bit of it was put on.

Yes, on paper a piano-banjo duet seemed like a potential musical car crash along the lines of rapper Snoop Dogg jamming with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. However, in actual practice the duo's collaboration proved to be absolute magic -- one of the most thrilling, surprising and fun concerts to grace this area in some time.

Maybe that shouldn't be so surprising, given that Corea and Fleck are both acclaimed virtuosos on their instruments. But, early in the concert, even they seemed hesitant about how their new musical adventure might be received.

"It's great to have you all here to witness my discomfort," Fleck quipped after the duo had performed two works from their new album, "The Enchantment" (recorded in December and due for release in May).

"If you get the idea you're at a rehearsal, you really are," Corea added.

True, the duo opened the concert trading musical verses skittishly, as if they were two beasts circling each other with suspicion. But, with no rhythm section to support or hinder them, the duo quickly entered into a Vulcan mind-meld thing on Corea's faintly Latin-ish "Senorita" and Fleck's "Menagerie."

Whenever the two locked onto the same melody or riff, it was shocking how beautifully the timbres of their respective instruments complemented each other -- a fact acknowledged by the Cheshire-cat smile that came upon Fleck's face at such moments.

The sonic arsenal of Fleck's banjo was another surprise. At times he bent notes like a blues guitarist, at times he summoned flourishes that sounded like a classical guitar, and at times he dove into jazz-rock licks with a Jimi Hendrix-like fury.

Corea's jazz artistry has been lauded by fans and critics for almost four decades, and rightfully so -- which he proved with an always fluid and graceful style that yet allowed a tumultuous vibe to surface occasionally.

On Fleck's "Mountain," Fleck led Corea into traditional bluegrass turf and the two traded leads as each kept bending the 'grass further and further into sweet 'n' sour be-bop land.

On "Joban Dna Nopia," Fleck unfurled traditional banjo "rolls" while Corea delivered hip, snappy chords a la Dave Brubeck, until the two of them rushed to an apocalyptic crescendo that recalled the coda of the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" -- which provoked a spontaneous ovation from the audience.

Fleck clued in the audience on that last work's title. It's actually the words "banjo and piano" jumbled up. On Monday night, Corea and Fleck jumbled up their instruments to create one masterly, magical concert.


 

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  posted on 2/20/2007 at 04:28 PM
Thanks! I'm jazzed ... bluegrassed, even - about this Saturday!

 

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  posted on 2/20/2007 at 05:09 PM
Thanks for sharing the article, Derek. Looks like you have one heck of a show awaiting you this weekend, Rusty!

 

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  posted on 2/20/2007 at 05:19 PM
Thanks for that article and photo. I bought tickets for the Gainesville show months ago, and cannot wait. I have a feeling that this concert will bring tears to my eyes much like the "Trio!" show did with Fleck, Stanley Clarke and Jean Luc Ponty. Really looking forward to seeing this show in two weeks here in gator country.

Speaking of the "Trio" show, it wasn't until after the show that I read that Jean Luc Ponty was the dude who played fiddle on Zappa's "Willie the Pimp." Pretty cool...he was amazing that night, as were all of them.

[Edited on 2/20/2007 by allgoodthings29]

 

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