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Rendezvous In New York

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Disc 1 of 2
Armando's Rhumba - Chick & Bobby McFerrin Duet
Blue Monk - Chick & Bobby McFerrin Duet
Concierto De Aranjuez/Spain - Chick & Bobby McFerrin Duet
Matrix - Now He Sings, Now He Sobs Trio
Glass Enclosure/Tempus Fugit - Remembering Bud Powell Band
Crystal Silence - Chick and Gary Burton Duet
Bessie's Blues - Chick Corea Acoustic Band
Disc 2 of 2
Autumn Leaves - Chick Corea Akoustic Band
Armando's Tango - Origin
Concierto De Aranjuez / Spain - Chick & Gonzalo Rubacaba Duet
Lifeline - Chick Corea New Trio
Quartet No. 2, Part 1 - Three Quartets Band
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 125:16

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Concierto de Aranjuez and Spain


This is not really a review -- just a note on the pairing of Concierto de Aranjuez and Corea's "Spain." Todd Buffa did an arrangement for his vocal group Rare Silk using the adagio from the Concierto de Aranjuez as a lead-in to Chick Corea's "Spain." This was sometime in the 80s. You can hear it on the Rare Silk CD "A New Weave."

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Good, but not necessarily for Rodrigo fans


I came across this album while searching for Concierto de Aranjuez. Each disc has a different jazz version of this guitar concerto, and I downloaded both. Of these two, only the version with Bobby McFerrin is easily recognizable. I think the other version includes the refrain from the adagio once and is otherwise unrecognizable. It does include some castanets, but the original guitar concerto does not use them, and their addition was the main way in which Miles Davis ruined this piece on Sketches of Spain. Aside from that, I downloaded all of disc 2, and I enjoy listening to it. Since Bobby McFerrin's "Don't worry; be happy" song burned in me a strong dislike of him, I downloaded only the Aranjuez track from disc 1. I was pleasantly surprised with how good it was given how much I have otherwise disliked Bobby McFerrin.

They Say All Music Guide

One of Chick Corea’s most ambitious projects was the recording of almost 60 hours of music with nine different groups over a three-week run at the Blue Note in December 2001; it must have been a challenge to choose the dozen performances for this two-CD set. The first disc begins with scat singer par excellence Bobby McFerrin joining the pianist to scat his way through three selections, including a stunning medley of an excerpt from Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” and Corea’s “Spain.” Bassist Miroslav Vitous and ageless drummer Roy Haynes provide the pulse to his extended work “Matrix.” Corea’s well-crafted tribute to Bud Powell, with Terence Blanchard and Joshua Redman in the front line, combines two of Powell’s greatest works, “Glass Enclosure” and “Tempus Fugit.” But Corea is at his most lyrical when old friend Gary Burton joins him to revisit the pianist’s masterpiece, the shimmering “Crystal Silence.” The second disc is also full of great music, though disc one clearly gets the edge, with the possible exception of the virtuoso duo piano interpretation with Gonzalo Rubalcaba of the same medley performed with McFerrin on the first CD. It is safe to say that no fan of Chick Corea will be disappointed with this wide-ranging compilation of live music, and it
is also a great starting point for those not familiar with his voluminous works. Highly recommended. – Ken Dryden

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