Chick Corea and Gonzalo Rubalcaba – Live – Friday Sept 11 – 7:30 PM
Piano legend Chick Corea’s second night is a rare meeting of true piano titans. For Corea, adding a second keyboard maestro to the mix has always resulted in improvisation of the highest order. Most famously, he has joined forces with fellow Miles Davis alum Herbie Hancock on a classic album and occasional tours. His partnership with Cuban piano giant Gonzalo Rubalcaba taps into the fiery Iberian region of Corea’s psyche. Rubalcaba has integrated huge swaths of the European classical and jazz traditions, while maintaining bone-deep ties to the rhythmic currents of Cuba. The pair joined forces back in the early 1990s for a thrilling concert in Japan that’s been widely seen on YouTube. A decade later, Corea invited Rubalcaba to New York City’s Blue Note as part of his epic, multi-artist 60th birthday celebration, a sensational encounter documented on the CD concert anthology Rendezvous in New York (which features their explosive medley of “Concierto de Aranjuez” and “Spain”), and a DVD, Duet, that captures their entire set. Playful, rollicking, and rhythmically dazzling, Corea and Rubalcaba are like two sublimely matched dancers, testing and responding to each other’s moves with lightning reflexes and ethereal grace.