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Chick Corea/Gary Burton – Interaction (Concert)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Concert: B



We have reviewed many Jazz titles on this site, including more than a few aged-looking old analog video concerts, older film compilations where the footage barely survived and some of the newest concerts to date.  Of the many, Interaction, a program that combines Chick Corea’s piano and Gary Burton’s vibraphone in a great concert from 1997.  These are two premiere Jazz masters who have been performing together since 1972!  Well, practice makes perfect and the chemistry here is one of the best we have seen on a concert DVD of any music genre since this site was launched and even before that. 


Though I was too familiar with most of the following, I really enjoyed every one of them and wished the show went beyond 80 minutes, and that means more than the 80 minutes listed on the back of the case.  This actually runs 93 minutes, an error that does injustice to such a fine release.  Hopefully, Geneon can fix this error in future printings.  Still, the following includes:


1)     Love Castle

2)     Native Sense

3)     Duende

4)     No Mystery

5)     Bagtelle VI

6)     Postscript

7)     Bagtelle II

8)     Four In One

9)     Tango ‘92

10)  Rhumbata

11)  Bud Powell

12)  La Fiesta



The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image was shot on what looks like early digital High Definition video and looks decent in that, but does not suffer as much as many such concerts we have seen in the last few years because the set-up for lighting and color is more basic and the camera and editing are not as all over the place.  That’s a nice change.  The sound is a choice between Dolby Digital 5.1 with more articulation and depth, or PCM 2.0 16Bit/48kHz Stereo that has some richness and details the Dolby lacks; typical in so many such pairing we have encountered to date.  Dolby 2.0 would have made it worse.  Geneon has this policy of issuing a music DVD-Video this way, with a DTS version sometimes later down the line.  This is a prime candidate for such treatment.  Extras include biographical timelines for both artists and an interview with the well-spoken Corea that runs a just over 10 minutes, and that is too short.  Fortunately, the concert is great fun.  Interaction is highly recommended.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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