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  • Audio CD (April 13, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B0001LYH0M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Since he emerged with his own bands in the 1960s, Gary Burton has delighted in the interplay between vibes and guitar. His previous guitar foils include Larry Coryell, Pat Metheny, and John Scofield. Generations boasts the presence of 16-year-old guitarist Julian Lage, a high school sophomore, not yet a licensed driver, who has miraculously absorbed the stylings of Jim Hall and emerged, even at this young age, as a player with his own voice. With longtime collaborator Makoto Ozone on board as pianist, and a rhythm section of drummer Clarence Penn and bassist James Genus, the quintet evokes the feel of Burton's 1970s ECM recordings. This also owes something to Burton's choice of material, including as it does Steve Swallow's "Ladies in Mercedes," Carla Bley's "Syndrome," and Metheny's "Take Another Look." Lage also shows himself to be an impressively fluid composer, providing three numbers that range from the playful "First Impression" to the loping classicism of "Early." --David Greenberger

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dr.D.Treharne on May 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a future classic album. It's already amongst my top 10 jazz albums of 2004, and even after protracted listening it gives up new nuances at every further play. This is an album where the sum of the group is greater than the individual parts, and where the individual parts are themselves luminary. It's unfair to describe Makoto Ozone (Piano), James Genus (Bass) and Clarence Penn (drums) as a rhythm section because each give support and encouragement to all the other players. Ozone, in particular as well as contributing two tracks (7 and the amazing track 10) weaves and insinuates his playing throughout the whole performance. Lage, as has been mentioned in another review is a precocious talent- he wrote tracks 1.2 and 8, and effortlessly produces deft and telling contributions with his guitar playing, with a mature and confident performance.Add to this the sublime playing of Gary Burton, possibly at the height of his performing powers, and you have a superlative album of carefully selected pieces that melt together. The overall mood is considered and laid back, but never dull or self satisfied. Favourite tracks are already too numerous to mention in the detail they deserve.The ensemble playing on "Ladies in Mercedes" by Steve Swallow is terrific as it is on Osscar Petersons "Wheatland". Ozones "Heroes sin nombre" is as indicated above 'amazing', and even the relatively up tempo version of Carla Bley's "Syndrome" is effortless. However, if push comes to shove it's "First impression" that sets the tone and style for this amazing and refreshing album. Hyperbole? Possibly, but it's a long time since this listener sat down with a new album and played it straight off three times in a row; an entrancing treat that you should not miss out on - and of course it's ideal music for those laid back sunny evenings. Recommended unconditionally, order it now!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By twangmon on December 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Vibraphonist Gary Burton has a knack for discovering and nurturing fresh voices in jazz guitar. Such heavyweights as Larry Coryell, the late Sam Brown, Jerry Hahn, Mick Goodrick, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, and Bill Frisell got their first major exposure in one of Burton's bands. His latest find is Julian Lage, a 16-year-old guitarist whose phrasing, tone, and sense of melodic adventure put him on par with today's best jazzbos. With a stunning mix of heart and chops, Lage roams the fretboard of his Manzer archtop, hunting down beautiful, singing melodies that seem to float off his strings. Occasionally, he'll cut lose with a flurry of notes or a long, spiraling run that reveals his stupendous flatpicking technique, but his primary focus is on threading daring lines through the tricky changes. Lage's three originals display a deep harmonic sophistication, and his touch and dynamics evoke his musical hero, Jim Hall.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven on January 25, 2006
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I'm a huge GB fan and he can do virtually no wrong by me. Anyone who is familiar with his career knows of his longstanding place in higher music education and his keen sense for discovering new talent. So I won't expound on that.

But to be perfectly honest, if you were to do a blind "taste test" of this album - not knowing that it was Burton playing vibes, Ozone playing keys, and a teenager not old enough to drive playing guitar - you would probably come away with little reason to listen again. There are a few notable compositions by the likes of Metheny, Mitch Foreman, and Oscar Peterson, but the arrangements are somewhat uninspired, at least by the GB standards I'm used to. Lage, the young guitar prodigy, contributes three originals and although any composition by someone so young worthy of being recited by GB is remarkable, they leave me wondering how young Pat Metheny was when he wrote Unity Village or Bright Size Life.

I know it's not fair to compare young Lage to an iconic Metheny, but for me music is all about enjoying what I'm listening to, not feelgood sub-plots or story lines. I must admit that it is somewhat fascinating to listen to a young teenager play an otherwise excellent jazz guitar along side GB, but take away that knowledge and the music left to stand by itself becomes somewhat underwhelming.

This CD is worth owning purely for the posterity value of what one day may become the next Jim Hall, but if you just want to hear great jazz music by GB, the honest truth is you'd be more satisfied with something like Face To Face or Like Minds, etc.

This CD still gets a positive rating of 3 stars because GB can do no wrong. I just won't be listening to it as much as I will his other releases.
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Me either . I love Gary Burton . Makoto as well . Add in the killin' rhythm section of Mr. Genus and Mr. Penn and it's lights out baby . Because these cats can lay it all out or tear it all up . At will . I had the pleasure of hearing this record while makin' the rounds today . I had my whole jazz library with me on a HUGE capacity flash drive . Listening to other recordings by Gary (about six others) , it really stunned me how tight this crew is . Makoto's beautiful and , as needed , hard swingin' came as no surprise to me . I have one of his key , early recodings with John Abercrombie , Marc Johnson and Peter Erskine . I know Gary loves to collaborate with Mr. Ozone as often as possible . T'was Julian that blew me away . Oh , get this one my friend . Don't hesitate .
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