Turn of the Century

Turn of the Century

by Gary BurtonGary Burton

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Overview

Gary Burton's early pre-ECM career can easily be sliced into fourths -- his flirtation with country music via his time spent in Nashville, working as a sideman with Stan Getz, forming a band with Larry Coryell, and these recordings for the Atlantic label that saw him as more an multi-instrumentalist playing contemporary funky music. It seems Burton was bent on fusing all of his influences, being master to none, while exploring different commercial outlets open to him as flower power waned. This double-CD of his recordings for Atlantic had Burton collaborating with that wide array of musicians, most notably Keith Jarrett, violinists Stéphane Grappelli and Seatrain's Richard Greene, post-Coryell guitarists Sam Brown, Jerry Hahn, and Eric Gale, members of the session band Stuff, and especially electric bass guitarist Steve Swallow. The textures of this music vary wildly, though in a sense centered by Burton's emerging identity on the vibraphone and refusal to musically stand still. The music works to a certain degree, but there's a feeling of doing too much, as Burton also, at times, overdubs piano, electric keyboards, and organ. The three tracks with Grappelli are outstanding, including the classic ballad "Here's That Rainy Day," the straight bopper "Daphne," or the easy swinger "Coquette," all well within mainstream jazz. Holdovers from his funky phase include the always relevant "Vibrafinger" with distinct guitars and danceable go-go beat, the poignant, now standard "Las Vegas Tango" which was adopted by Carla Bley and Gil Evans, and "Grow Your Own" which is more complex and intertwined as it develops. Jarrett and Burton keep the mingling a constant reality, lightly rocking during "Moonchild/In Your Quiet Place," foreshadowing their pending ECM sonics, while the pianist's long and winding intro to "Fortune Smiles" merges from a stilted walk into a loping, lighter rock beat. Green's overdubbed violin in a slow 4/4 love song identifies the Burton icon "Throb," and Burton plays solo on a quick read of "Chega de Saudade." The set is marred by two soppy pop covers -- the lame "Handbags & Gladrags," where Burton overdubs keyboards to an unappealing level, and the pseudo-soul treatment of Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved a Man." For sure this is an uneven representation of what Gary Burton would become as a true pioneer of contemporary jazz, relegating it to curio status, but there are many moments of unique musical statesmanship on this recording indicative of the changing times in jazz from the early to mid-'70s.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2009
Label: Wounded Bird Records
UPC: 0664140032125
catalogNumber: 321
Rank: 183853

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gary Burton   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Electric Piano,Vibes
Stéphane Grappelli   Violin
Keith Jarrett   Piano,Electric Piano,Soprano Saxophone
Steve Swallow   Bass,Electric Bass
Jerry Hahn   Guitar
Chuck Rainey   Electric Bass
Sam Brown   Guitar
Eric Gale   Guitar
Bill Goodwin   Drums
Bill Lavorgna   Percussion,Drums
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Percussion,Drums
Richard Tee   Organ,Piano
Richard Green   Violin
Richard Green   Violin

Technical Credits

Gary Burton   Composer
Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Keith Jarrett   Composer
Django Reinhardt   Composer
William Arlt   Engineer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Michael d'Abo   Composer
Joel Dorn   Producer,Audio Production
Gil Evans   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Lewis Hahn   Engineer,Remixing
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Phil Lehle   Engineer
Bob Liftin   Remixing
Arif Mardin   Producer
David Pritchard   Composer
Charles Raucher   Engineer
Dave Sanders   Engineer
Raymond Silva   Liner Notes
James Van Heusen   Composer
Jean-Louis Ginibre   Producer,Audio Production
Carmen Lombardo   Composer
Lynn Dreese Breslin   Art Direction
Ronny Shannon   Composer
Michael Gibbs   Composer

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