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New Vibe Man in Town - Gary Burton [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 (6 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Disconforme
  • ASIN: B006O9MDUQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,089 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 LPs on 1 CD! This CD includes two complete albums showcasing Gary Burton with the legendary drummer from the Dave Brubeck Quartet: Joe Morello. New Vibe Man in Town presents Burton and Morello in a trio format, while our bonus album Jazz Winds from a New Direction features the vibraphonist and drummer in a quartet setting with legendary Nashville guitarist Hank Garland (under whose name the album was originally issued). Original Downbeat review: The facility Burton displays in this, his first album as leader, is startling. He is excellently supported by Cherico and Morello, whose four-, six-, and eight-bar brush exchanges with Burton are, as usual, brilliantly played and tastefully conceived. With the facility he has and the musical ability that shines through the deluge of notes, not to mention his fresh, happy approach, Burton stands as one of the bright lights on vibes. (Don DeMicheal)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Morello's drumming is fabulous! 30 Jan 2004
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The reason I am writing about this cd is not because of the wonderful talents of a young Gary Burton - but rather the extraordinary drumming of Joe Morello. Joe's technique and talents have rarely shined any brighter than he does on this album. Its wonderful to have the opportinity to hear Morello cookin' away from the restraints of the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Travelling Music 1 Jan 2014
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Bought this for my son, who is a Vibes player himself, so that he can listen while travelling in his car between gigs. Loves it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars CD 4 Mar 2012
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2 long deleted albums in 1 CD.Burton must be the greatest vibe player ever-so fast and still musical.Immacculate drumming from the late and great Joe Morello
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5.0 out of 5 stars part of history 6 Dec 2008
By jonyfly - Published on
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This is the first cd of gary burton, when he was only 18. he plays straigh-ahead jazz, only standards. for all the vibes player, this is a must!!
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By Stuart Jefferson - Published on
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With the recent re-release of Burton's early live Carnegie Hall album ("Gary Burton Quartet In Concert"), this even earlier collection of Burton's music needs mentioning. This CD contains two of Burton's earliest albums. The first is "New Vibe Man In Town", recorded when Burton was 18 years old in 1961. This is his first album as a leader. The other set, "Jazz Winds From A New Direction", from 1960, was recorded when Burton was 17 years old, under Nashville guitarist Hank Garland's name. The tunes range anywhere from 3-4 "stars". It's especially nice (and telling) to play these two albums, and then listen to the 4 CD ECM box set "Gary Burton Chick Corea Crystal Silence", their duo recordings between the years 1972 and 1979. And even so many years later, you can still hear a bit of Burton's early style in his 70's playing.

Both albums find Burton already breaking free from the Milt Jackson/Lionel Hampton/Red Norvo approach to the vibes. Burton, even early on, was beginning to define his own style with the use of his four-mallet technique. This gave the vibes a fuller, more intricate sound-sometimes sounding like more than one player. Even at this stage, Burton had an innate sense of swing, combined with his own ever so slight country influence that is evident in many of his early albums.

"New Vibes..." contains some telling choices in compositions. Included are tunes by trumpeter Clifford Brown, arranger Arif Mardin, composer/arranger David Rose, pianist Marian McPartland, trumpeter Blue Mitchell, and a few others. Picking highlights is difficult-every song has something to recommend it. But "Joy Spring" and "Minor Blues" are simply terrific period jazz-well played and they swing. And listen to "So Many Things". In this tune you can hear Burton's sound that he would use throughout his first several albums. Burton's rhythm section on this album is Joe Morello-drums, and Gene Cherico-bass, and they support Burton very well throughout the album. Apparently Burton had first album jitters, and wanted players he could depend on.

"Jazz Winds...", besides Burton's vibes, focuses on Garland's guitar work. Known more for his country style, he nonetheless plays some very fine jazz guitar, complimenting Burton's style. The rhythm section consists of Joe Benjamin-bass, and Morello (again)-drums, both from Dave Brubeck's quartet. Both Garland and Burton play off one another, trading choruses to good effect on this album. The Burton-Garland composition "Three-Four, the Blues" is a gently swinging tune with both players trading solos. Also included are compositions by Hammerstein II-Kern, Irving Berlin, Boots Randolph, and Denzil Best-known more for his playing than his writing. A highlight would have to be "Riot-Chorus", almost eight minutes of swinging jazz.

The booklet contains a 2010 interview with Burton, and a synopsis of his early work. The original liner notes for both albums are also included, along with a couple of reviews of both albums from Down Beat magazine. Both album covers are here in color (The "New Vibe Man..." cover is especially cool), along with some small b & w photos of the principal players. All in all, for something as "old" as these albums are, the presentation is well done.

This set has the sound and feel of youthful exuberance running all through it. The tunes are well chosen, the rhythm sections are just right for both Burton and Garland, and Garland was a good fit for Burton during this period. If you're curious about Burton's early sound, check this out. It's full of great swinging, rhythmic jazz from the early 60'.
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2.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Music. Diminished sound quality 13 Aug 2013
By Arthur Craig - Published on
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I was hoping trhis remaster could improve on the already stellar sonics of 'New Vibes Man'.. Unfortunately, it went the other way. My original CD of 'New Vibes Man' is much, much better sounding - warmer, fuller, and more alive. The bonus tracks with Hank Garland are interesting only if you're not familiar with the guitarist. But Gary Burton does not shine in that setting, and those tracks are really awful-sounding, barely listenable.
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