Interview: Gary Burton (Part 3) - JazzWax

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July 28, 2010


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John Herr

I count 94 LPs on my Getz shelf, including the 4 you mention w/ Gary Burton on vibes. But there is also a 5th, The Canadian Concert (Can-Am 1300), recorded 3/65 in Vancouver BC, w/ the great tenor man & vibist, plus Gene Cherico on bass & someone named Joe Hunt on drums. (In the b&w photo on the back, showing the 4tet in action against what looks like the brick wall of a club, the drummer looks like even more of a kid than the 22-year-old vibist.) My copy of the LP is clean, but there is noise from the bootleg source, apparently a tape recorder in the hands of a club patron. If I can get it transferred to CD, I'll send you a track. Tunes are "My Romance", "When the World Was Young", "Morning of the Carnival", "A Singing Song" (a Burton original), "My Funny Valentine", "Froggie Went A-Courtin'" (a hit for the Kingston Trio at the time) & "Waltz for a Lovely Wife" (Phil Woods).

Jon Foley

"Someone named Joe Hunt on drums"???

The Joe Hunt who was Getz's drummer throughout '64 and '65 and who's on almost all his records from that period (look at the personnel on "Getz/Gilberto Live At Carnegie Hall" or "Getz au Go Go" or "Nobody Else But Me"); the Joe Hunt who prior to that was the long-time drummer in George Russell's famous sextet; and who subsequent to the Getz years was the drummer in Bill Evans's trio for a couple of years, and who's played with just about everyone who's anyone in jazz; he gets to be called "someone named Joe Hunt?" Interesting.

By the way, that Vancouver Getz concert was recorded in January 1965, not 3/65, and it's already out on CD.

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