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Gary Burton loves pairing vibraphone with guitar. The New Gary Burton Quartet includes the up-and-comer Julian Lage, who favors acoustic guitar on 2011’s Common Ground. (Bassist Scott Colley and drummer Antonio Sanchez round out the group.) All of the band members contribute compositions; two pieces by ex-Burton band member Vadim Neselovskyi, a piece Keith Jarrett wrote for Burton in 1970, and “My Funny Valentine” are also included. The band generally has a very even-tempered sound but occasionally the fine Mexican drummer ruffles things nicely. The album kicks off with Neselovskyi’s “Late Night Sunrise,” a cool mid-tempo cruiser with some artfully off-kilter passages. The band swings on Sanchez’s “Did You Get It?,” a speedy, slightly tweaked blues that features sweet soloing by the drummer. “My Funny Valentine” starts off with an extended classically flavored acoustic guitar statement before it moves into a sensitive rendition of the classic. An appealing version of Keith Jarrett’s Americana-laced “In Your Quiet Place” brings the album to a quiet close.

Customer Reviews

What a collection of talent.

Arguably the greatest living vibe player surrounded by virtuosos on their instruments. Julian Lage is phenomenal and Sanchez lays down some textural magic under the whole thing. A wonderful mix of compositions too - don't let the "chill" comment fool you - this is not easy mood music. It is complex, challenging and quite wonderful. And worth the download.

Incredible Team. Incredible Album.

Can't go wrong with this team. Amazing. Really. And always great when Antonio Sanchez is on board too.

Good stuff

It's about what you'd expect of this group - excellent, in other words. Not sure what the reviewer's talking about when it says Lage "favors acoustic guitar" on this record - he's playing his electric Manzer archtop throughout, I believe.

Common Ground, The New Gary Burton Quartet
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