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Gary Burton: On ECM & Playing With Pat Metheny

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Vibraphonist Gary Burton was a busy man at the 2015 Detroit Jazz Festival. He was a member of the Mack Avenue Superband (organized by Mack Avenue Records, his current record label), and joined Artist-in-Residence Pat Metheny for two shows. The Pat Metheny/Gary Burton Quartet Reunion took place on Saturday night, and the North American premiere of Metheny's “Hommage" for Eberhard Weber for soloists and big band closed the festival on Monday night. This interview took place backstage just before the ...

INTERVIEW

Gary Burton: A Lifetime of Collaborations

Read "Gary Burton: A Lifetime of Collaborations" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

This interview was first published at All About Jazz in April 1999. Vibraphonist, composer and teacher, Gary Burton was among the first modern jazz musicians to come out of the fertile American Midwestern musical ground from which Pat Metheny and others later grew. Born in Anderson, Indiana, Burton began his professional career while still a teenager, supporting country guitarist Hank Garland. He began to blossom as a solo artist in the early 1960s as one of the first ...

INTERVIEW

Gary Burton: The Art of Listening

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This article was originally published at All About Jazz in February 2001. If you had to choose one living musician who has pioneered the current state and techniques of his instrument, championed jazz education and performed with most of the current crop of established, contemporary jazz artists (Chick, Metheny, Jarrett, Herbie) plus has 'discovered' and been instrumental in bringing up new leaders in his own bands (Metheny, Makoto Ozone, Tommy Smith, etc), that would be Gary Burton.

INTERVIEW

"Thousands of Bouquets": An Interview with Gary Burton on Jazz and Japan

Read ""Thousands of Bouquets": An Interview with Gary Burton on Jazz and Japan" reviewed by Wayne Zade

This article was originally published at All About Jazz in May 2000 as part of a “Jazz and Japan" interview series. All About Jazz: What do you remember about your first trip to play in Japan? Gary Burton: I was 19 years old, playing with George Shearing. We spent five weeks in Japan playing in about five different cities. I had a lot of days off, so I explored Tokyo, Osaka, etc., and began to learn ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Seven Songs for Quartet and Chamber Orchestra

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While there is still a handful of ECM titles from vibraphonist Gary Burton that remain unreleased on CD, perhaps the most unique of the bunch is Seven Songs for Quartet and Chamber Orchestra, originally issued by the German label in 1974 and the first of two collaborations with Zimbabwe-born, British-resident composer/pianist/trombonist Michael Gibbs. The similarly intriguing In the Public Interest (Polydor, 1974) is a more conventionally configured large ensemble with horns, reeds, piano, bass and drums; Seven Songs, on the ...

LIVE REVIEW

New Gary Burton Quartet: San Diego, California, October 12, 2011

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New Gary Burton Quartet Neurosciences Institute San Diego, CA October 12, 2011 Vibraphone master Gary Burton has returned to the guitar quartet, a format that has served him well since his early recordings with Larry Coryell in the '60s, and especially with Pat Metheny in the '70s. His current group was born about a year ago, when he began touring with drummer Antonio Sanchez, double bassist Scott Colley, and protégé Julian Lage, a guitarist ...

LIVE REVIEW

Gary Burton Quartet: New York, NY, September 21, 2011

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Gary Burton QuartetBlue NoteNew York, NYSeptember, 21, 2011 Lionel Hampton carved out a place for the vibraphone in a swing setting, and Milt Jackson brought the instrument into bop, but Gary Burton remains the guru and guiding light in virtually every other aspect for vibraphonists and fans the world over. As a visionary educator, he helped to make Berklee the place to go for aspiring jazzers, and as a performer, he's redefined the very ...


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