Gary Burton on His New Quartet - JazzWax

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October 18, 2010


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I always find it amusing to find "recorded with Pat Metheny" listed as one of Gary Burton's credits. As an unknown teenage guitarist, Metheny learned Burton's tunes and followed him around begging to sit in. Burton eventually relented and ended up hiring him as bandmember. This led to Metheny's first album being recorded on ECM (Gary's label at the time) using the drummer from Gary's band (Bob Moses.) Of course there were many subsequent reunions, on stage or in the studio.

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Julian Lage is one of those young players whose work instantly impressed and moved me -- I heard him sit in at The Ear Inn. Many many young guitarists play faster-than-a-speeding-bullet and listeners like myself drown in a deluge of notes: Julian has technique, but his solos ring and chime, and he loves melody and embellishment. A wondrous player (and awfully nice fellow, too). Good to see that he will get even more well-deserved attention.

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