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In the mid-1980s, Gary Burton was just entering middle age, but he’d had experiences as a jazz player to fill several lifetimes. Duke Ellington had treated him with kindness, Milt Jackson with suspicion, Miles Davis with a death threat. And Stan Getz? Book review by Siddhartha Miller for the BOSTON GLOBE
Burton has been an innovator on several fronts: virtuoso soloist as well as influential bandleader and educator. He’s discovered one future star after another as well as ushered in the new wave of “jazz-rock fusion.”
There’s a moment in “Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton,” an autobiography due out on Sept. 3 from Berklee Press, that depicts the author’s earliest encounter with Miles Davis. It happened at a summer jazz festival in Mr. Burton’s home state, Indiana, and probably could have gone a little better. Review by Nate Chinen for NEW YORK TIMES
At the 55th Grammy Awards last night, TKA Artists won a total 5 Awards. Chick Corea was the big winner with a performance tribute to Dave Brubeck as well as winning two awards. Sharing the stage with The Black Keys and Dr. John were Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Newcomers Quetzal won for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album.
The results of the 77th Annual DOWNBEAT Readers Poll are in. Wynton Marsalis topped the Trumpet category, and his collaboration with guitarist Eric Clapton, Play The Blues: Live From Jazz At Lincoln Center (Reprise), took honors for best Blues Album.
They are pros, sharing their inventive genius, their prodigious techniques, their communicative skills. Hyperbole? Hero worship? Nope! Corea & Burton are true stars and London was lucky to experience their magic. Review by Renée Silberman for BEAT MAGAZINE
These days jazz is transforming itself in all kinds of ways, which is all to the good. But there’s still a special, innocent pleasure to be had from a straight-ahead jazz gig when it’s done with superlative skill, wit and charm. Review by Ivan Hewett for THE TELEGRAPH.
By using four mallets on vibes instead of two, Burton can lay down bittersweet chords like a piano romantic. But those extra tentacles also let him do fast octopus dances in complex rhythm, a kind of throwback to '70s jazz-rock. Review by Kevin Whitehead for NPR MUSIC
Gary Burton's music can be guaranteed to take you on an absorbing journey, regardless of the company he keeps – or even no company at all, as his solo recordings prove. Here is the latest in a long and unbroken line of immaculate Burton quartets. Review by Dave Gelly for THE GUARDIAN [UK]
Much of Common Ground comes from their own “quiet place,” and it is the place to be: the crystalline balladry of Burton, the almost solemn majesty of Colley, the often subtle but always steady and rhythmic driving of Sanchez, the passionate delicacy of Lage. Review by Andrea Canter for JAZZ POLICE