Saturday, May 12, 2007

Chick Corea & Béla Fleck | "The Enchanchment" 5/22

The Enchantment is the first-ever studio collaboration between jazz pianist Chick Corea and banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck, capturing the astonishing interplay between these two master musicians. Immensely popular in their own musical spheres – combined, they have won an astounding 20 Grammy awards – they have forged a true collaboration with the release of this album.

The genesis of The Enchantment came when the two discussed the potential for a duo project. Corea says, “It came together quickly. We just really hit it. We talked a lot and decided to prepare by writing music first. So Béla wrote and I wrote. We talked on the phone and finally got together in Nashville.”

Fleck recalls, “In Nashville, we threw around ideas for songs, and the next thing I knew we were in Los Angeles recording the album.” Fleck elaborated on the experience by stating that the CD is “one of my greatest experiences as a musician, playing with my hero, Chick Corea.”

Chick returns the compliment by stating, “It’s totally unusual to hear a banjo played that way. Béla has taken the instrument and the tradition of the banjo and brought it up as a seriously virtuoso instrument.”

“We had a blast on The Enchantment which has a totally new kind of sound” Corea finished.

The 11-track album released on Concord Records, features four compositions by Corea, including the title track, and six by Fleck. Also included is an unlikely and uniquely witty cover of the standard “Brazil.”

1. Senorita (Corea)
2. Spectacle (Fleck)
3. Joban Dna Nopia (Corea)
4. Mountain (Fleck)
5. Children’s Song #6 (Corea)
6. A Strange Romance (Fleck)
7. Menagerie (Fleck)
8. Waltse for Abby (Fleck)
9. Brazil (Barroso & Russell)
10. The Enchantment (Corea)
11. Sunset Road (Fleck)

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