Dana Landry: Journey Home (2005)
The sound here has a connect with Burton's outstanding all-star effort from '98, Like Minds, which featured Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Roy Haynes, and Dave Holland. Clean and precise, with a good deal of sharp ensemble interplay between Landry, Burton, and sax man Don Aliquo, this is a set of engaging and accessible tunes. The mood is mostly sparklingly ebullient, even on the wonderfully introspective title tune, penned by Maria Schneider (from her Allegresse CD); and the wistful Cole Porter gem "All of You."
On "Island Life"written by the set's bassist, Erik ApplegateBurton sits out, and Landry exhibits a very "vibe-ish" sound on his piano, sharp and succinct, with a bounce and glow to the tone; and Aliquo's sax work throughouton both tenor and sopranomakes for an appealing dry-toned contrast against the piano/vibraphone shine.
Burton's name may jump out initially, but Journey Home finds him in excellent company.
Track Listing: Gatien Dance; Journey Home; Island Life; Deerhead Sketches; 1,2,3; Soulful Bill; All of You; Touch of Your Lips; Hard Times Come No More.
Personnel: Dana Landry: piano; Gary Burton: vibes; Don Aliquo: tenor and soprano saxophones; Erik Applegate: bass; Chris Brown: drums
Record Label: Summit Records