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Common Ground

Gary BurtonAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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A popular phrase in years past was “Life Begins at 60,” but Gary Burton—as he has done so often throughout his career—is rewriting the book on retirement. Having turned 70 in January, an age when most artists begin to solely look back, Burton forges ahead with his new Mack Avenue Records album, Guided Tour, which solidifies the ... Read more in Amazon's Gary Burton Store

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  • Audio CD (June 7, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mack Avenue
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On Gary Burton's debut release on Mack Avenue Records Common Ground, the Grammy-winning pioneer of the four-mallet technique of playing the vibes is not only delivering his first studio album since 2005, but is also introducing his latest band. Well-known throughout his five-decade career for his quartets (beginning with his 1967 group featuring Larry Coryell, Roy Haynes and Steve Swallow), Burton is returning to the configuration for the first time since the mid 90s. He expresses great enthusiasm for the new band's alchemy. I've always liked the vibraphone-guitar sound, says Burton, whose masterful vibes glisten throughout Common Ground. It's something that I discovered when Nashville country guitarist Hank Garland invited me in the 60s to record with him. The sound of the two instruments together has an ideal timbre and coolness.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great ensemble, great album, great recording October 25, 2011
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A great recording of outstanding new material from Gary Burton. His new quartet includes one of the current great straight-ahead jazz drummers Antonion Sanchez who plays beautifully on this album. While I don't recall the name of the guitarist, I had never heard him before and he is truly outstanding. I had the pleasure of seeing the quartet recently in Oakland CA and he was even better live. Gary Burton has a habit of discovering new great guitar talent and he's come through again. (I believe Burton was also the one to discover Pat Methany years ago). Buy the album, you won't be disappointed.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great hi-fi recording, Lively Performance. July 19, 2011
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A very musical and very high fidelity hour to be spent with this content. A reviewer posting "marred slightly by poor sound" is way off base and needs their gear checked. My CD sounds vibrant and real. The Bass is very well recorded, as Bass player I am looking for that. In all a fine way to show off a good playback system.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Ever! October 30, 2011
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I've been a fan of Gary Burton's playing for decades. From his earliest RCA and ECM recordings, Burton has put together great quartets, but I've always loved the "guitar quartets" best of all. The sound (that is to say, the "recorded sound") of "Common Ground" is amazing! The clarity and the depth of tone from each instrument is outstanding (extraordinarly "present," if you will), and certainly owes much to being recorded at NYU's new Steinhardt School of Culture studios. The opening track, Vadim Neselovskyi's "Late Night Sunrise," literally sets the "tone" for the entire outing, with outstanding solos and tight ensemble playing. Each member of the quartet contributed pieces to the recording, and for me, a real gem comes from Burton himself: "Was It So Long Ago?", a tango-ish piece that just wraps itself around you. Lage, Colley, and Sanchez are outstanding throughout, and without a doubt, even now, in the later years of Burton's playing, this music swings and inspires.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent production June 16, 2011
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I found this album to be engineered quite well with all of the instruments coming through with balance. The compositions and playing are superb and what an amazing combination of instruments and players. A five star album through and through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Gary Burton sound with great band. May 20, 2013
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Hate to admit I haven't brought a Gary Burton album is a long time and after hearing this album kicking myself for waiting. It is the classic Burton sound I first discovered back in the 60's when I discovered Larry Coryell. The vibes are such a beautiful sounding instrument and blends so well with guitar. This current line up is a new classic with guitarist Julian Lage, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Antonio Sanchez. Julian is one of the best new guitarist on the scene today with a fantastic harmonic sense. Then Sanchez is such a musical drummer. Burton's solos are as fresh as ever and each one is a lesson in improvisation, of course it helps being Burton is the head of improv at Berklee College of Music. So want a great Jazz album you and casually listen to or study great improv and ensemble work this is one to get.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gary Burton and Julian Lage ... Fabulous November 17, 2011
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This CD is beautifully recorded. Julian Lage, a child prodigy and subject of an Academy Award nominated documentary call "Jules at Eight," compliments the eight time Grammy Winner Gary Burton and wrote many of the tunes. This CD should win a Grammy this year for best jazz album. Drummer, Antonio Sanchez, and bassist, Scott Colley, are also wonderful on this project.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Common Ground - Gary Burton September 25, 2011
By Len
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Love any CD by Gary Burton. Always amazing music and sidemen. Don't miss this album. It sounds like you are there at a live concert. Great engineering work. Buy this. You'll be glad you did.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Whiney jazz guitar.
I had to hand this one over to the used CD store. Milque-toast jazz, and I couldn't stand the guitarist's tone. Should have taken a clue from the album cover.
Published 4 months ago by R. Haenggi
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great band!
Great playing and great sound. All musicians get a space to show their chops, but the overall is an outstanding band that contribute to one another. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carsten Primdahl
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Gary Burton Gem
I have a number of recordings by Gary Burton that span his long and stellar career and this recent one with his "New Quartet" is fast becoming a favorite. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tim Shullberg
5.0 out of 5 stars More beautiful music from Gary Burton and friends
Other reviewers will know alot more about music and the artists involved. I just know that I really enjoy this masterful album. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mark David Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Burton's best . One of the year's best jazz recordings
It's been since Gary's duet albums (with Ralph Towner for example) that he's led such an open , supple , subtly complex session as this to my ears . Read more
Published 16 months ago by Hammer + Jazz
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not more than that
Gary Burton (2011) recent edition is a nice and smooth installment. Excellent reviews by the Gramophone should opens the way to extended purchases for a common man. Read more
Published on September 4, 2011 by Alexei Kireyev
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