The partnership of pianist Chick Corea and Gary Burton dated back to the '70s, though this 1997 DVD marked their first reunion in nearly a dozen years. Just having completed work on their Concord duet CD Native Sense, they left the U.S. for a tour of Europe, where this concert was videotaped. Most of the program comes from selections recorded for Native Sense and with the music fresh in their minds, they easily rekindle the magic from their earlier work together. Corea's new compositions include "Native Sense," powered by its revolving ostinato bassline, while the haunting "Postscript" serves as a link between two compositions by classical composer Béla Bartók. The Latin-flavored "Rhumbata" is another new piece and one of the highlights of the evening. Corea's decades-old "Bud Powell" retains its sense of humor and will delight bop fans, while they dive full force into Thelonious Monk's "Four in One" and take plenty of chances with nary a slip. Well photographed and edited, in spite of minor lapses by the lighting crew and soundboard operator (who Burton chides at one point for finally turning the microphone on in order for him to introduce the next song), this excellent concert DVD represents some of the best work of Chick Corea and Gary Burton from their extensive recordings together.
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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden