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Gary Burton Quartet in Concert Import

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Previously released only in Japan on CD, this exceptional live recording originally issued on RCA in 1968 is one of the peaks of vibraphone virtuoso Gary Burton's stellar discography. Burton's Quartet in 1968 (they had been touring and recording for 2 years, performing an original and popular fusion of jazz, avant-garde, jazz-rock and pop) is one of the best groups he ever put together : blistering jazz-rock pioneer Larry Coryell on guitar, lyrical bassist Steve Swallow, and powerful drummer Bobby Moses.Gary Burton Quartet in Concert catches the group live at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York on February 23, 1968. Works by Michael Gibbs, Coryell, and a striking cover of Bob Dylan's 'I Want You' are performed along with Burton originals, including the magical 'Sunset Bell.'

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Blue Comedy
  2. Sunset Bell
  3. Lines
  4. Walter L.
  5. Wrong Is Right
  6. Dreams
  7. I Want You
  8. One, Two, 1-2-3-4


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: FIVEFOUR
  • ASIN: B008PDRNW2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,184 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 6, 2012
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You won't find this album listed in the Penguin jazz guide. That's because this great album (one of Burton's best) has never been issued on CD in the U.S., or (I think) even in Britain. It's been available in Japan -but that's it. And why is a real mystery. A look at the personnel only deepens the mystery-Burton-vibes (with his 4 mallet technique), Steve Swallow-double bass (one of the better players at the time, before he switched to electric bass to much acclaim), Bob Moses-drums (a sensitive player just right for Burton), and Larry Coryell-electric guitar (just beginning to explore the possibilities of that instrument in a jazz-rock setting), whose technique was perfect for Burton. You can hear what Coryell sounded like early on in the 2 CD set "The Dynamics With Jimmy Hanna 1960-1965", on the Bolo label. This was a rock/r&b/jazz group from the Northwest (Sonics, The Viceroys, The Wailers, etc.) that put out both instrumentals and vocal sides worth hearing.

This reissue has fine sound-crisp and clean and open. But it doesn't state anywhere if this edition has been remastered-but it sounds like it has been remastered, at least somewhere along the way. There's a 6 page booklet which includes a short piece on Burton, the era, and the music, along with the original liner notes by Burton (very valuable), and photographs of the band. I'm glad the folks at the Cherry Red label used the original cover-it's perfect for the music.

This album, along with "Lofty Fake Anagram" (and the hard to find/needs to be reissued) "Duster", is one of Burton's very best early period albums. The fact that it's a live recording gives the music an extra edge which gives the music even more personality.
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This may well be a kind od sum of Burton quartet's RCA/Atlantic year. The beautiful, only official recording of this sadly underrated group, blending country-rockish and jazz sonorities. Great musicians deeply roted in jazz tradition for an airy, light and unique sound (the blending of vibraphone and electric guitar). Burton never did better and more personal music, in my humble opinion. A hidden classic.
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Just wanted to add to the other great reviews that this has stellar performance from an acoustic bass player (that's right, acoustic) you might have heard of named Steve Swallow. And Bob Moses (dr) and Larry Coryell (gt) do a great job also on these finely recorded concert. G. Burton was really at the peak of his creative powers right from the beginning of his career!
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This has always been my favorite Burton album. It's also my favorite of the Burton/Coryell albums. It proves that happy sounding music can still be serious music, without the pondering.
One Amazon complaint: Why is Pat Metheny listed next to Burton's on the heading?
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Brilliant playing, one of the very first jazz albums I ever bought, back in 1968. Coryell was perhaps the first jazz guitarist to "turn it up to 11," but he could also play with subtlety. This, along with other seminal work from Burton's RCA days, is long past due for release in the USA as a standard priced disc, rather than an exorbitantly priced import. Perhaps one day, perhaps with bonus tracks (or was this the complete concert?).
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