"Armando's Rhumba" - Chick Corea & Gary Burton

The pianist Chick Corea was one of the first great jazz musicians to pass away in 2021. In his honor, the Durham radio station WNCU featured him as their artist of the month in February. Corea had a long career as a musician playing jazz styles including bop, fusion (combines jazz and rock), and latin jazz. He composed and recorded "Armando's Rhumba" his 1976 album "My Spanish Heart."

This duo performance of "Armando's Rhumba" includes the vibraphone player Gary Burton, a long time collaborator with Corea. The performance was recorded at a German music festival in 2011. The performers have fun sharing the vibraphone at the beginning of the piece, before Corea moves over to the piano. This is supposed to be funny, both because the vibraphone is not the pianist's instrument, and the musicians switch positions while performing. This is difficult to do! As you enjoy the performance, pay attention to the rhythmic feel of this latin jazz piece. The driving rhythm is taken from the samba, including the sixteenth-note syncopation. Unlike other pieces featured on this blog, this video begins with improvisation before the melody/tune is played. Enjoy watching, and look up more of Chick Corea's significant contributions to jazz and musical education.