CECMJ 9063 SA
SHM Single Layer SACDs
Melodic Jazz Recording on single-layer stereo SHM-SACD!
Recorded in 1972, Crystal Silence is the collaboration between jazz pianist Chick Corea and vibe player Gary Burton. The album hit No. 24 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart in 1974.
"For Crystal Silence, the first of several partnerships between Chick Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton in the 1970s, the two musicians selected an interesting array of material. The compositions on this record are all modern ones, either by Steve Swallow, Mike Gibbs, or Corea himself. It is a mostly downtempo affair, which allows each player to stretch out and play highly melodic solos over the often difficult changes. In keeping with most ECM releases, there is a distinct presence of European elements to the improvisations. There are few overt blues or bebop phrases, Corea and Burton opting instead for modern melodies to fuel their improvisations. Burton has managed to internalize the Spanish and modal implications of Corea's tunes with little difficulty, and solos with joyful ease through such tracks as "Señor Mouse." Corea himself is absolutely burning. His solo contribution on the same track is both fiery and introspective, combining in one statement the poles for which he is best-known. The title track is also the centerpiece of the album, a nine-minute exploration of the Corea ballad that first appeared on his Return to Forever record in 1972. In keeping with the tradition of the great masters of the ballad form, time seems to disappear as Burton and Corea lovingly caress the song's simple melody and dance effortlessly around the chords, building intensity only to let it subside once more. Crystal Silence is a sublime indication of what two master improvisers can do given quality raw material, with the first side of this record being particularly flawless. Improvised music is rarely this coherent and melodic. Essential for fans of Corea, Burton, or jazz in general." — AllMusic
• Super Audio CD
• SHM-SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• Single-Layer Stereo SHM-SACD, to secure enough reflectance and not to compress DSD file
• Label of the disc is printed with a special green ink called 'Onsho Shiyou', which minimizes diffuse reflection
• Carefully selected master audio is used, from existing DSD files to newly converted from analog tapes
• This Single-Layer SHM-SACD can only be played on a Super Audio CD Player!
• Japanese pressing
Chick Corea, piano
Gary Burton, vibraphone
|1. Senor Mouse|
|2. Arise, Her Eyes|
|3. I'm Your Pal|
|4. Desert Air|
|5. Crystal Silence|
|6. Falling Grace|
|7. Feelings and Things|
|8. Children's Songs|
|9. What Game Shall We Play Today|