Vibraphonist Gary Burton does not come from a conservatory background but with his wide range of musical interests it is not surprising he would finally choose to put his stamp on some compositions from the European classical tradition. Actually, on one of his first records he arranged and composed twelve “semi-classical” pieces for the George Shearing Quintet and woodwinds ( Out of the Woods, Capitol) that included some adaptations of Bach and Mozart. It’s a project he probably doesn’t list in his press releases, but it’s not that bad.
The approach of Virtuosi is to keep the original form and ...read more
Back when Japanese pianist Makoto Ozone was attending Berklee, he was Gary Burton's prodigy and a frighteningly promising improvisor. Ozone has an unusual ability to suggest odd traits of past masters – the muscularity of Ahmad Jamal, the happy romanticism of Bill Evans, the simplicity of the intricate Joanne Brackeen and, at times, the classic panache of Chick Corea – and weave them into a personable style.
Somewhere along the way, even though all these traits are still evident, he lost his ability to dazzle. He was recorded in Gary Burton's band -- Real Life Hits (1984) and Whiz Kids ...read more