Friday, 19 October 2012
Chick Corea and Gary Burton with the Harlem String Quartet
Thursday, October 11, 2012
October 11 was a cold and rainy day, but fire and warmth reigned at the Centrepointe Theater where Chick Corea and Gary Burton were playing with the Harlem String Quartet.
This concert was the best I have seen in a while. The last Ottawa concerts that excited me this much were Ellias/Copland/Vedady, Monder/Bleckmann, Stretch Orchestra, Mahanthappa’s Apex Band, and The Dave Liebman Group. I have seen Chick a few times and this is the best I had ever seen him play since seeing him in late 2007 in LA with the Elektric band. Victor Wooten was subbing for Pattitucci on that gig. I only had the pleasure of hearing Burton on one other occasion when he played at the Ottawa Jazz Festival with Pat Metheny on an even wetter day in an outdoor concert.
The night was divided into two sets. The first set was a duo between Corea and Burton that started off with a couple of originals and then played some standards that were cleverly and intricately arranged by Corea. The second set was with the Harlem String Quartet. Although it was still jazzy at times, the string quartet brought out Corea’s classical side in the arrangements. The string players didn’t improvise in any tunes other than during their opening tune up which developed into a jam that cued into their first piece of the night.