Chick Corea & Gary Burton: Tiny Desk Concert

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June 13, 2016 by SURAYA MOHAMED • Sometimes big-name artists need special attention. But in this case, it wasn't because they've been jazz pioneers and innovators since the 1960s and are considered to be founding fathers of jazz fusion, not to mention two of the most important jazz figures performing today. It's not because they've collectively recorded more than 100 albums and won 29 Grammy Awards. The agitation was because both of their instruments couldn't fit behind Bob Boilen's Tiny Desk.
There were logistical hurdles to overcome before the jazz giants' arrival. We had to move the desk to make a bigger "stage." Piano movers hauled the 900-pound Yamaha C7 grand piano from our first-floor performance studio up the freight elevator to the fourth-floor Tiny Desk area. But weeks of meticulous measuring and planning paid off when the rented vibes were delivered and just fit alongside the piano.
Gary Burton and Chick Corea were in town for the 2016 NEA Jazz Masters Concert. The NEA Jazz Masters fellowship is the highest honor our nation bestows on jazz artists. Each year, the program honors a select few living legends who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz. Burton was a newly appointed 2016 recipient, while Corea received the honor in 2006.
These friends first played together 44 years ago, when they recorded their very first album, Crystal Silence. In his autobiography, Gary Burton tells the story:
We set aside three days for the recording. Except for ... one tune in Munich, Chick and I hadn't worked together before Berlin, so we figured we would need a fair amount of time to choose songs and finalize arrangements. But to our amazement, it all went incredibly fast. We would spend maybe twenty minutes creating an arrangement, and then record. We did every song in just one take, except that we required a second spin through "Senor Mouse."
The record was finished in just a few hours, and the two realized they had a unique musical chemistry with the ability to anticipate each other's improvisational ideas. That album went on to become a classic: flawless yet fresh and forever new.
A few thousand concerts later, the jazz masters showed up at NPR HQ to perform a concert at our newly expanded Tiny Desk. On this day, it had been almost two years since Chick Corea and Gary Burton had played together - the longest break they'd ever had. But once again, their remarkable ability to connect was demonstrated in two songs they play together all the time.
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"Love Castle"
"Crystal Silence"
Producers: Suraya Mohamed, Niki Walker; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Niki Walker, Kara Frame, Morgan McCloy; Production Assistant: Jackson Sinnenberg; Photo: Brandon Chew/NPR.
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  1. NPR Music
    NPR Music
    2 maanden geleden

    R.I.P. Chick Corea, the father of fusion.

    1. Alan Tichman
      Alan Tichman
      Maand geleden

      Miles was the father of fusion.

    2. tiluriso
      2 maanden geleden

      Thanks for sharing this amazing duet of Chick Corea and Gary Burton. They were a perfect match, musically and conceptually related, since Gary is kinda like the the pre-eminent 'Godfather of (Proto) Fusion',w/ his mid to late 1960s innovative Quartet w/ Larry Coryell, Steve Swallow and Bob Moses.

    3. okolekahuna
      2 maanden geleden

      Best title ever given: "Father of Fusion".

    4. Jeff Jeffrey
      Jeff Jeffrey
      2 maanden geleden

      @Zack Knight perfectly put. Now he is rocking out with bach and harambe, who I hear have a band.

    5. ResearchSoundLab
      2 maanden geleden

      Can't be bothered to spell out "Rest in peace"? C'mon. "R.I.P." is for tombstones in comic books. Have some class. Please fix it, Mr. Boilen!!!

    20 uur geleden

    Probably the most sophisticated, intelligent, scholarly, cultured performance ever on TDC

  3. colin seeger
    colin seeger
    2 dagen geleden

    Burton's vibes must be made of gold. No one sounds like him. And as for varying the distance between the mallets as he's playing..... that's plain spooky. CC is always an inspiration to the soul. Together, they make the World a better place. Sad that CC died but he will never be forgotten. He's a reference point for pianists. Always will be. Both legends. One offs. Aren't the rest of us lucky to be here to see them...

    13 dagen geleden

    Whatever Josh did with the mics, sounds great....they're crossing the artists perfect...I can feel the room too :)

    13 dagen geleden

    Chick's fingers are moving like weaving wool.

  6. Possibly Correct Podcast
    Possibly Correct Podcast
    13 dagen geleden

    The layers of sound created here are unbelievable

  7. OChi Infatuation
    OChi Infatuation
    14 dagen geleden

    Chick, Tu magìa no necesitaba religiones de papel. Bendiciones, gracias

  8. Z. HV
    Z. HV
    16 dagen geleden


  9. Jeff Murray
    Jeff Murray
    18 dagen geleden

    288 Down? Idiots!

  10. Arai Tazuko
    Arai Tazuko
    18 dagen geleden

    words can't describe this beautiful music.

  11. Riku Kivilinna
    Riku Kivilinna
    20 dagen geleden

    Just wooooow....

  12. Pablo Espejo
    Pablo Espejo
    20 dagen geleden

    ... que grándes músicos, nos dejan instantes de placer y belleza como este. El mundo es un mejor lugar con ellos dando vueltas por ahí.

  13. 1thomson
    21 dag geleden

    There were a few passages in there where I just stopped for a moment while the thought "I didn't know Bach wrote any pieces for xylophone" went through my head. Then, I recovered myself and continued listening like a good boy.

  14. Dave Frank
    Dave Frank
    22 dagen geleden

    Jesus and Krishna jamming together

  15. Enrique Frazzi
    Enrique Frazzi
    29 dagen geleden

    Gracias Chick solo emocion

    29 dagen geleden


  17. Martin Olson
    Martin Olson
    29 dagen geleden


  18. Alexandr Perepyolov
    Alexandr Perepyolov
    29 dagen geleden

    good grandpas

  19. André Sumelius
    André Sumelius
    Maand geleden

    Such an amazing concert. What an experiecne to have been there!

  20. SlickDamianLim
    Maand geleden

    Standing ovation going on in my room. Thank you

  21. adburger
    Maand geleden

    Masters at their craft.

  22. everythingsawesome
    Maand geleden

    I know they're famous and beloved, but let's be honest: this is lounge music. Elevator music. And you know it.

  23. Tom Excell
    Tom Excell
    Maand geleden

    reduced to tears within the first minute

  24. babi sawi
    babi sawi
    Maand geleden

    so "effortlessly" beautiful RIP Chick Corea

  25. Ruben Schiefke
    Ruben Schiefke
    Maand geleden

    “You don’t have to be Rembrandt or Picasso to create something. The fun of it, the joy of creating, is way high above anything else to do with the art form”. - Chick Corea This quote changed my relationship to music forever. Truly one of the greats! Rest in peace.

  26. erwin arya
    erwin arya
    Maand geleden


  27. Susan Llequis
    Susan Llequis
    Maand geleden

    He was a favorite and now we will miss him and are grateful he came to San Juan to give us his art with love and Fun.

  28. Jeff Taylor
    Jeff Taylor
    Maand geleden

    First Eddie Van Halen and now Chick......I knew this day was coming, that all the greats would be leaving for a better jam session. R.I.P and thank you for the bread crumbs in witnessing greatness, innovativeness and a reason for being more than just existing day to day in Life.

  29. Felipe Pszemiarower
    Felipe Pszemiarower
    Maand geleden

    6:19 is my favorite moment

  30. Norbert Derio
    Norbert Derio
    Maand geleden

    20 minutes de bonheur dans la joie !

  31. Gexie Tayls
    Gexie Tayls
    Maand geleden

    RIP Chick

  32. Richard Anderson
    Richard Anderson
    Maand geleden

    I loved Chick. And I love Love Castle. I loved the original version because it was Chick and my favourite drummer Steve Gadd. And it is a great tune between them, a great vibe without some of the fusion pyrotechnics of their other songs together. So I remember the weird feeling 4-5 years ago thinking that I might like this version better, of one of my favourite songs without my favourite drummer. But since then I have enjoyed both and with that the craft that enabled Chick to present two very different but equally amazing versions of the same song. And the reason I think I prefer this version is 0:45-1:15, which is just about perfect.

  33. Art Edwards
    Art Edwards
    Maand geleden

    I'm always amazed when two players of orchestral instruments can play with such grace and interest, and not step on each other's toes. Gary Burton invented the technique he, and now virtually any vibraphonist, uses. Thanks for this.

  34. Eric Svilpis
    Eric Svilpis
    Maand geleden

    283 people have no soul.

  35. Lensmanic Feleven
    Lensmanic Feleven
    Maand geleden

    ...Never could see how anyone could even think about how to play the vibraphone...seems impossible...especially in jazz...a beautiful sound.... and perfect foil for Corea...

  36. Cleathercrafts
    Maand geleden

    I was thinking of the Legend of Zelda sountrack whilst listening to this. Did a bit of research and was happy to find Corea was an inspiration for Koji Kondo who worked on the music for many Nintendo games:)

  37. Michael Dantzler
    Michael Dantzler
    Maand geleden

    This is my current go-to video for clearing my mind and maintaining equilibrium through all that life brings!!!

    1. Youmothershould Know
      Youmothershould Know
      Maand geleden


  38. Javier Solis
    Javier Solis
    Maand geleden

    Can't believe I just found this video today. This is magical!

  39. Todd G. Wylie
    Todd G. Wylie
    Maand geleden

    SO good.

  40. Hi
    Maand geleden

    God bless you Armando♥

  41. S Ss
    S Ss
    Maand geleden

    RIP. Thanks for sharing your talents with the world for so long.

  42. Joe Murphy
    Joe Murphy
    Maand geleden

    Truly, the Greatest Of All Time. There was only one Chick Corea. He changed so many of our lives....including mine. Tears...

  43. Gabriel DeLaSablonnière
    Gabriel DeLaSablonnière
    Maand geleden

    Génial !

  44. Eric R
    Eric R
    Maand geleden

    This music makes me want to be a better person. Rest In Forever. Chick Corea.

    1. Hi
      Maand geleden

  45. Mario Rivas
    Mario Rivas
    Maand geleden

    Absolutamente vital, magico. Impecable produccion. Los instrumentos con una sonoridad exacta, el piano perfectamente afinado, con cuerpo y brillo. Xilofono excelente con el MKH 418. Eternos creadores, Chick y Gary .

  46. shootsbraw
    Maand geleden


  47. Aaron
    Maand geleden

    Chick Corea's "voice" comes out in his playing so distinctly. I can instantly hear his unique voice whenever he starts playing, the way you would recognize the voice of a friend cutting through a crowd.

  48. Hilda Islas
    Hilda Islas
    Maand geleden

    Gary y Chick. Los amo

  49. Darius Christian
    Darius Christian
    Maand geleden

    Such a profound and sincere sharing of music. Thank you Chick and Gary

  50. heidilevo
    Maand geleden

    Chick!!!! Oh. My. Days 🥺🥺👑👑

  51. Staffan Olofsson
    Staffan Olofsson
    Maand geleden

    Chick Coreas and Gary Burtons first tune together was Crystal Silence. And Chick is now in such a place, called Crystal Silence. Listen to this in this uptaking.

    1. Staffan Olofsson
      Staffan Olofsson
      Maand geleden

      PS Crystal Silence comes at 10:30

  52. Staffan Olofsson
    Staffan Olofsson
    Maand geleden

    Listening to this is a very fine way to say goodbye to Chick. We will miss you.

  53. Po-Chun Wang
    Po-Chun Wang
    Maand geleden

    R.I.P. Chick Corea. So nice to watch these two jazz legends

  54. B234
    Maand geleden


  55. Man in Edu Studio
    Man in Edu Studio
    Maand geleden

    I love you Chick. RIP

  56. NotYourTypicalNegro
    Maand geleden

    People just don't understand how much talent and history is in that room but just those two guys.

  57. Sean Carag
    Sean Carag
    Maand geleden


    1. Sean Carag
      Sean Carag
      Maand geleden


  58. Motomoto
    Maand geleden


  59. Aidan Xavier
    Aidan Xavier
    Maand geleden

    It's crazy how much space these guys can fill with just these two instruments

  60. Phuk Gewgle
    Phuk Gewgle
    Maand geleden

    Sounds like a very large gathering of people around the tiny desk.

    1. Aidan Xavier
      Aidan Xavier
      Maand geleden

      Yeah the tiny desk concerts generally have audiences behind the camera.

  61. Nicolás Cinti
    Nicolás Cinti
    Maand geleden

    R.I.P Chick Corea

  62. Berimbouse
    Maand geleden

    Love the how the first song is a Brazilian rhythm which is called Baião. Heavy influence from Hermeto Pascoal. Anybody else recognize?

  63. Hernan Gnesutta
    Hernan Gnesutta
    Maand geleden


  64. Mikkel Breiler
    Mikkel Breiler
    Maand geleden

    0:48 Chick still looks like his old self. Amazing.

    1. Afmaths
      Maand geleden

      Not now...

  65. Yvng Tavo
    Yvng Tavo
    Maand geleden

    Does anyone else feel that mystery in every note Chisk played? because I feel everything

  66. 재즈산책 jazzwalk
    재즈산책 jazzwalk
    Maand geleden

    Like it

  67. 齋藤pierre
    Maand geleden

    R.I.P. Thank you for your support for a long time.

  68. AD C
    AD C
    Maand geleden

    I am not even a jazz fan, but this is my second time watching this. I love music. It is obvious that I am watching masters of their craft.

  69. Eddie Pollard
    Eddie Pollard
    Maand geleden

    Good stuff, but the ad interruptions are pretty bad.

  70. Eric Berger
    Eric Berger
    Maand geleden

    They play Crystal Silence for 44 years, and every recording I know is different. That's jazz.

  71. Jannis M
    Jannis M
    Maand geleden

    Rest in Peace :(

  72. Rod Paton
    Rod Paton
    Maand geleden

    The truest form of communication. How grateful we can be for the musician and the deep soul that was and is Chick Corea. R.I.P.

  73. Daniel Ibarra
    Daniel Ibarra
    Maand geleden

    Rest in peace dear friend, dear master.

  74. emin coban
    emin coban
    Maand geleden

    amazing.. RİP chick corea üstad...

  75. funkidelicFrank
    Maand geleden

    Two legends, wow. amazing.

  76. Radmetalmonk
    Maand geleden


  77. Thomas Hancock
    Thomas Hancock
    Maand geleden

    He has such a wide range of touch. It's like his fingers are 8-jointed.

  78. Thomas Hancock
    Thomas Hancock
    Maand geleden

    Good sound for a tiny desk. Better than CD quality of Burton-Corea albums on the ECM label available on Amazon HD Prime, or whatever it's called. ECM is very litigious. Rick Beato also talks about the passing of Corea on his YT channel. He also interviewed Burton. You should probably take a listen to that man if you don't already.

  79. S hicks
    S hicks
    Maand geleden

    I had the pleasure of seeing Chick Corea and Gary Burton 3 times when they came to Seattle's Opera house back in the 80's & 90's. Each time was something special. I will never forget it. Rest in peace Mr. Corea.

  80. Craig Walker
    Craig Walker
    Maand geleden

    Stick with the Joy. It's how he'd have it.

  81. Daniel Shade
    Daniel Shade
    Maand geleden

    Debussy in Cuba

  82. Daniel Shade
    Daniel Shade
    Maand geleden

    Going to debtors prison for quoting stairwell to Heaven in opening to Crystal Silence.....

  83. Sing Yourself Well
    Sing Yourself Well
    Maand geleden

    This is so unbelievably amazing.... I feel like I could float away o a cloud..... R.I.P beautiful soul Chick Corea.

    1. Fred Branson
      Fred Branson
      25 dagen geleden

      Hello dear..

  84. Blaise Ricci
    Blaise Ricci
    Maand geleden

    Magnifique !!! 🤩 pour toujours !!

  85. Denis S
    Denis S
    Maand geleden


  86. Michael Friis
    Michael Friis
    Maand geleden

    The 276 people disliking this haven't got a f...... clue about "true" music.....

  87. Joyce Glasgow
    Joyce Glasgow
    Maand geleden

    Rest in Eternal Grace, Chick Corea🙏❤️

    1. Fred Branson
      Fred Branson
      25 dagen geleden

      Hello Joyce..

  88. Neil McVey
    Neil McVey
    Maand geleden

    Man.... Love Castle works so well in the duo format.

  89. Manuel Izurieta Giró
    Manuel Izurieta Giró
    Maand geleden

    Been watching a lot of tiny desk concert's. Just find this one. Amazed.

  90. Eli Bleu
    Eli Bleu
    Maand geleden

    It just doesn't get better than this!!! 💙

  91. Richard Thurston
    Richard Thurston
    Maand geleden


  92. Maurice Ravel
    Maurice Ravel
    Maand geleden

    How does they was awsome together !! We are so lucky it's never desappear for next generations! What better demonstration of music and friendship !

  93. Maman Azman
    Maman Azman
    Maand geleden

    Goodbye maestro..

  94. Fernando Rojas Gomez
    Fernando Rojas Gomez
    Maand geleden


  95. Ellen Rosenblatt
    Ellen Rosenblatt
    Maand geleden

    crystal silence: the epitome of musical melancholy at his best.

  96. Nantzi Ochoa
    Nantzi Ochoa
    Maand geleden

    Finding his music in recent years I find it so magical✨. Look forward to listening to all his expressions💫

  97. Brian Byun
    Brian Byun
    Maand geleden

    RIP Chick Corea.

  98. Scott Jones
    Scott Jones
    Maand geleden

    Wow, is this hard to watch. RIP Maestro.

  99. Jeff Malashock
    Jeff Malashock
    2 maanden geleden

    Chicks death has been tearing me apart this past week :(

  100. Charles Owsley
    Charles Owsley
    2 maanden geleden

    How did I just find out he had passed? What a life well lived...