Duet (2009)

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Chick Corea, Hiromi

About Duet (2009)
This effervescent double-set of acoustic-piano exchanges on a dozen pieces … suggests the encounter was a huge pleasure for both players.The Guardian
The more intricate and unexpected the changes, the more intuitive the pair seems to be … This isn’t about two soloists playing against each other—it’s about a seamless mesh.JazzTimes
Graceful, lyrical, and occasionally boisterous … This is serious yet joyous music.AllAboutJazz

Chick has a long history of piano duets, but he’s never done anything quite like his Duet with the brilliant young Japanese pianist Hiromi.

They take the adventurous set list—including tunes by Thelonious Monk and Lennon & McCartney—to an ethereal new level, trading fleet-fingered solos over deep connective rhythms. The performances are filled with light. This is what it sounds like when two geniuses decide to have a bit of fun.

It’s fitting that the two play together now, as one of Hiromi’s first public permances was with Chick in Tokyo. The then-17 year old pianist met Chick by chance, and impressed him with a brief improvisation. They played a duet at his concert the next night. Here they meet at the famed Blue Note Jazz Club in Tokyo.

The result is an unprecedented collection of joyrides through the history of piano jazz.

Disc 1
  1. Very Early
  2. How Insensitive
  3. Déja Vu
  4. Fool on the Hill
  5. Humpty Dumpty
  6. Bolivar Blues
Disc 2
  1. Windows
  2. Old Castle, By the River, in the Middle of a Forest
  3. Summertime
  4. Place to Be
  5. Do Mo (Children's Song #12)
  6. Concierto de Aranjuez / Spain