Interview: Gary Burton (Part 2) - JazzWax

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July 27, 2010


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That Pomeroy album cover got my attention because of the drummer, Jimmy Zitano, who also recorded with Chaloff. I knew J.Z. in his later years. He was widely loved in the jazz community in spite of, or possibly because of, a somewhat irascible personality. He eventually got so fed up with the commercial music business that he actually burned his tuxedo. But he went out the way most drummers probably dream of, in the middle of a drum solo. Reportedly, his last words were "Get a load of this!"

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