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.