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Common Ground [CD]

Gary Burton Audio CD
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A popular phrase in years past was “Life Begins at 60,” but Gary Burton—as he has done so often throughout his career—is rewriting the book on retirement. Having turned 70 in January, an age when most artists begin to solely look back, Burton forges ahead with his new Mack Avenue Records album, Guided Tour, which solidifies the ... Read more in Amazon's Gary Burton Store

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  • Audio CD (4 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mack Avenue Records
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On Gary Burton's debut release on Mack Avenue Records, 'Common Ground', the Grammy-winning pioneer of the four-mallet technique of playing the vibes, is not only delivering his first studio album since 2005, but is also introducing his latest band. Known as the New Gary Burton Quartet, the group is comprised of guitarist Julian Lage, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Antonio Sanchez. 'Common Ground' features 10 tunes, including six remarkable originals by quartet members as well as two impressive numbers by pianist Vadim Neselovskyi (a former Burton band member), a gem from the Keith Jarrett songbook and an intriguing arrangement of the standard "My Funny Valentine," spotlighting Lage. Well-known throughout his five-decade career for his quartets (beginning with his 1967 group featuring Larry Coryell, Roy Haynes and Steve Swallow), Burton is returning to the configuration for the first time since the mid-'90s. The quartet served as a reunion of Lage with Burton who has known the guitarist since he was a teen wunderkind and has featured him in his bands up until three years ago. "Julian has kept on growing and developing a sound of his own. He's a knock out." Burton says. Lage fills the quartet guitar chair that was once held by such rising-star six-stringers as Pat Metheny, John Scofield and Kurt Rosenwinkel, among others. Personnel: Gary Burton (vibes), Julian Lage (guitar), Scott Colley (bass), Antonio Sanchez (drums)


(4 stars) Burton and guitarist Julian Lage are outstanding, interweaving lush textures and angular lines. -- Financial Times, (Mike Hobart), July 16, 2011

(4 stars) The bop-melody chase Did You Get It presents the vibraphonist's uncanny rhythmic precision and gleaming tone at full stretch. -- The Guardian, (John Fordham), July 1, 2011

(4 stars) They create a beguiling and very integrated ensemble sound, soft-toned but never soft-focus. -- The Scotsman, (Kenny Mathieson), July 26, 2011

(5 stars) All the usual magic is present in his garrulous articulation, sprightly dynamics and deft absolute must-have. -- BBC Music Magazine, (Roger Thomas), August 2011

(5 stars) Gary Burton's new quartet has a rare chemistry...the quality of solo work is a constant joy. -- The Irish Times, (Ray Comiskey), July 15, 2011

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Burton's best 18 Jan 2012
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Every now and then Gary turns out a mediocre CD - nothing to objectionable, just not particularly engaging. Common Ground is definitely NOT mediocre, this is one of his very best. It has energy and vibrancy on the more lively tracks, but is subtle and smooth on the ballads. The quartet works perfectly, the warm bass of Scott Colley serving as a perfect foil for Gary's sweet vibes and the crisp guitar of Julian Lage all driven by the inimitable and seemingly unstoppable Antonio Sanchez. This demands quiet quality time and equipment to deliver its best so don't expect to connect while being played on your ipod on the way to work on the train. Give Common Ground the respect it deserves and you'll play it repeatedly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not that common 31 Jan 2013
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There's not much point in giving Gary Burton the status of a four-mallet pioneer when it comes to playing the vibraphone. Right from the beginning of his career back in the early 1960s he's been an original voice on his instrument, so it might be a matter merely of tracing his trajectory on record to get an idea of what he's all about.

This set is billed as being by the new GB quartet, presumably as a means for distinguishing it from the quartet he led decades back which had Larry Coryell on guitar. Unsurprisingly this one has an identity all its own. It's heard on "Was it so long ago?" to no small effect. Guitarist Julian Lage is developing into one of the most distinctive voices on the contemporary jazz scene (whatever the hell that means) as he shows in his solo on this one.

Opting to record "My Funny Valentine" is always risky considering how it's been done to death both vocally and instrumentally, but it's clear from Lage's intro that there's something different going on. Although right in keeping with the group's chamber jazz ethos this reading stretches the form in a manner not out of stride with the Modern Jazz Quartet, albeit with a different form of interplay going on.

The title track flirts -but thankfully no more than that- with the kind of cod sophistication associated with the incidental music sometimes found on `quality' American sitcoms, or at least it does for as long as it takes bass player Scott Colley and drummer Antonio Sanchez to establish mood, after which Burton takes flight on a solo which encapsulates his still singular approach to his instrument.

Sophisticated and urbane by turns, this is one of those sets which sounds so easy that the listener might wonder why they come across such nourishing music so rarely, particularly in that field of (take a deep breath and hold) contemporary jazz.
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I admit to being a Gary Burton fan, and this is such a joy. Yes, and I also saw him perform numbers from this album recently at Ronnie Scott's in London. So, there is a bias. And he signed the cover.

I have had this a week now and have played it many times. Now there are a lot of jazz albums that I might only play occasionally and I would not be playing "Common Ground" if I did not find the album so beautiful. The tango,"Last Snow", is a favourite and I love Burton when he does a tango as it so smooth and just like a butterfly on a flower, just touching the notes just beautifully. One of the number I first liked of his that got me into his music was "Reactionary Tango" from his earlier album "Easy as Pie". "Late Night Sunrise" is a gorgeous start to the album, played by some amazing musicians. In fact I like just about every track, apart from "My Funny Valentine" which passes me by. And I have always found it difficult to understand why jazz musicians like this number as many, including Miles Davis, have covered it.
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