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The New Quartet

Gary Burton

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Not only does this CD feature a "new quartet," but it was the beginning of Gary Burton's longtime association with ECM. In general, Burton's ECM dates were more introverted and laidback than his more diverse Atlantics, but they always had their moments of interest. On this set, the vibraphonist, guitarist Mick (then known as Michael) Goodrick, bassist Abraham Laboriel and drummer Harry Blazer perform numbers by Chick Corea ("Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly"), Keith Jarrett ("Coral'), Gordon Beck, Carla Bley and Mike Gibbs, in addition to Burton's "Brownout." Intriguing if not essential music.

Biography

Born: 23 January 1943 in Anderson, IN

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the two great vibraphonists to emerge in the 1960s (along with Bobby Hutcherson), Gary Burton's remarkable four-mallet technique (best displayed on an unaccompanied version of "No More Blues" from 1971) can make him sound like two or three players at once. He recorded in a wide variety of settings and always sounds distinctive. Self-taught on vibes, Burton made his recording debut with country guitarist Hank Garland when he was 17, started recording regularly for RCA in 1961, and toured with...
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  • €7.92
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 1973

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