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A subtle interaction and mutual respect between Chick Corea and Bela Fleck at Strathmore / MD Theatre Guide

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Strathmore was full Friday evening with an eclectic crowd gathered for a duo performance by Chick Corea and Bela Fleck. Blazers and gowns, as well as t-shirts and flip flops – fitting for the diverse capabilities of the artists performing. Fleck is as comfortable with Bach as with bluegrass or jazz, and his clear voice on the banjo makes the instrument a fit for whatever he is playing. Corea has been less a genre-jumper, but his ease on the piano and deft musicianship make him sound masterful at whatever he is playing. Together, they are a perfect pair.

From the first phrases, the mutual respect for each other's musical voice was apparent. No flashy, attention-grabbing riffs or overt ownership of the music's direction. Instead, the evening was a subtle interaction between two masters, creating textures and lines spontaneously diverging and peaking in ways both playful and cerebral.

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