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Gary Burton: On ECM & Playing With Pat Metheny

Read "Gary Burton: On ECM & Playing With Pat Metheny" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

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 ...

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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 ...

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Gary Burton: The Art of Listening

Read "Gary Burton: The Art of Listening" reviewed by Mike Brannon

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.

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"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

Read "Seven Songs for Quartet and Chamber Orchestra" reviewed by John Kelman

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 REVIEWS

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

Read "New Gary Burton Quartet: San Diego, California, October 12, 2011" reviewed by Robert Bush

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 ...

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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 ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

The New Gary Burton Quartet: Common Ground

Read "Common Ground" reviewed by John Kelman

In a career now entering its sixth decade, vibraphonist Gary Burton has participated in plenty of one-off recordings, paying tribute to everyone from tango master Astor Piazzolla to mallet-men who have come before, like Lionel Hampton and Milt Jackson. His discography has been nothing if not unfailingly consistent--every recording meticulously conceived and flawlessly executed. A project, perhaps, rather than an ongoing concern, but Burton's last record, Live (Concord, 2009), remains as exhilarating a concert recording as the vibraphonist has done, ...

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Gary Burton's Arrival: Celebrating 50 Years

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Gary Burton's Arrival: Celebrating 50 YearsBerklee Performance CenterBoston, MAApril 8, 2010 When was the last time you saw a concert that featured Gary Burton, Mick Goodrick, Abe Laboriel, Harry Blazer, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Steve Swallow, Antonio Sanchez, Tiger Okoshi, Jim Odgren, Donny McCaslin, Makoto Ozone, Julian Lage, Vadim Neselovskyi, Luques Curtis, James Williams, and Chick Corea? Unless you were at the Berklee Performance Center on Thursday, April 8, the answer is never.

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Gary Burton / Pat Metheny / Steve Swallow / Antonio Sanchez: Quartet Live

Read "Quartet Live" reviewed by John Kelman

It's rare that a group can reunite to create what it had decades ago while remaining completely fresh and relevant. When guitarist Pat Metheny regrouped the Gary Burton Quartet--his training ground, beginning in his late-teens, from 1974- 1977--as one of his By Invitation performances at the 2005 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, it was clear that this was something that couldn't be a one-shot deal. The quartet--featuring original members Steve Swallow (electric bass) and Burton (vibes) alongside drummer Antonio ...

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Gary Burton: Forging Ahead

Read "Gary Burton: Forging Ahead" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

"I got started in Nashville and knew a lot of the country musicians. I got my first record contract from Chet Atkins who saw me playing in a local club in Nashville and who decided to talk to RCA and get them to offer me a long-term contract," says this renowned musician born in a small Indiana town, less than 300 miles from the country music capital of the world. The musician speaking isn't Crystal Gayle, the popular ...

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Gary Burton: Next Generation

Read "Next Generation" reviewed by Andrew Velez

Vibes virtuoso, composer, educator and five-time Grammy winner Gary Burton has played a pivotal role in furthering the careers of newcomers through the years. Among many others, John Scofield, Carla Bley and Pat Metheny come quickly to mind. “I take my cue from Stan Getz, who often hired younger players to stay sharp," Burton has remarked; In his own early 20s, he performed with Getz. Burton's latest quintet showcases sixteen-year-old guitarist Julian Lage, whom he first met during the 1998 ...