Ryan breaks down the performances from the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors.
Feast your eyes (if you dare)…
Thirty-five years ago, Chick Corea and Gary Burton’s Crystal Silence began to unite the improvisational spirit of jazz with a classical formalism. The fruits of that collaboration continue with a sequel, The New Crystal Silence that is a logical extension of the original work of the duet, right down to its evocative cover art.
The real stars of the early show this New Year’ weekend were the same as 2006 but at an even higher level. Bassist Victor Wooten and drummer Dave Weckl simply astound with the fluidity imagination and detail in their playing.
Bluegrass aficionado Bela Fleck has been known to break many boundaries of genres in his collaborations, and his working with fusion jazz great Chick Corea on their new release The Enchantment brings two master musicians together to create a one-of-a-kind sound. With 20 Grammy awards between the two of them, Corea and Fleck combine the unlikely pairing of both banjo and piano crossing limits.