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  • Audio CD (8 Jun. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B001Y44EN0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Sea Journey (Album Version)Gary Burton 8:59Album Only
Listen  2. Olhos De GatoGary Burton 6:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Falling Grace (Album Version)Gary Burton 7:18Album Only
Listen  4. Coral (Album Version)Gary Burton 6:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Walter L (Album Version)Gary Burton 5:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. B And G (Midwestern Night's Dream)Gary Burton 6:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Missouri Uncompromised (Album Version)Gary Burton 7:33Album Only
Listen  8. Fleurette Africaine (Little African Flower) (Album Version)Gary Burton 7:34Album Only
Listen  9. Hullo, Bolinas (Album Version)Gary Burton 4:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Syndrome (Album Version)Gary Burton 4:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Question And Answer (Album Version)Gary Burton13:03Album Only

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Quartet Live! is a revisited edition of the classic Gary Burton Quartet. The album features three original members and jazz legends Burton, Pat Metheny and Steve Swallow along with one new member, and perhaps one of the most prominent drummers of his generation, Antonio Sanchez. The eleven song album was recorded live at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland.

The story begins in 1967 when bassist Steve Swallow joined with vibraphonist Gary Burton to form the original Gary Burton Quartet. In the early 1970s, then 19 year old guitarist Pat Metheny joined Burton’s band and one of the most celebrated careers in music began. This would be the start of a 35 year musical friendship between the vibist and guitarist that continues today. A decade ago Metheny discovered drummer Antonio Sanchez, inviting him to join The Pat Metheny Group, and the two have been playing together ever since. Metheny came up with the idea to revisit the Gary Burton Quartet, the band that had been his entry into the jazz world: "For me, as a teenager in Missouri just starting to appreciate jazz, Gary’s group was the most innovative band around". They decided to schedule a gig at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2005. The musicians’ rapport and the freshness of playing at Montreal was so energizing that the musicians took the act on the road in Japan and the US in 2006 and 2007, and the group reunited again for a European tour in 2008. What we have here is four legendary musicians, improvisers and composers all, each at the top of his game, bringing modern jazz history to life on Quartet Live!.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 5 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
Great album, all four musicians are on fine form, and as with the Metheny album Day Trip last year, it is a joy to listen to Antonio Sanchez, you don't have to be a drummer to appreciate his wonderful playing.
Olhos de Gato and Question and Answer are highlights, check out the live clips on youtube before buying if you are in any doubt, cracking stuff and great interpplay and sympathy between 4 musicians from 3 generations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Cheshire on 29 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Had the pleasure of seeing these excellent musicians in London in 2008 and thoroughly enjoyed the show. Had to get this live album as it recreates that night for me. Wonderful memories of a night when I saw two of my heroes on stage together playing sublimely.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Graham Douglas on 11 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Having seen this band on the tour I could not wait for the album. It has fabulous tunes, superb musicianship and you can really hear these guys just having fun playing fantastic jazz. Its hard to believe that they had not been together for some 30 years. Recorded live in a small club, fortunately audience noise is at a minimum and the recording quality is first rate. This should be in everyone's record collection.
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By mauro spaziani on 2 July 2014
Format: Audio CD
All it's good as usual
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
The New Quartet 27 May 2009
By Matthew Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Gary Burton has been playing with Vibes-Guitar Quartets for literally decades now, so this format should not come as a surprise to any longtime fan. Nor should the high quality of musicianship coming from this particular band (Gary Burton on Vibes, Pat Metheny on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass and newcomer Antonio Sanchez on drums). I will say that despite this I was still surprised at how great this album is. This is a sort of reunion of one of the older Gary Burton quartets, with Metheny and Swallow, but I cant think of any previous Burton quartet album that has come out better. From start to finish, we are treated to a really great show.

Gary Burton is one of the most gifted improvisers of all time. He displays such a spectacular melodic and rhythmic sense in everything he does. this album is no exception. If you have ever heard and liked Burton before, you will like him here certainly. Metheny is another musician of prodigious talent, though I have found his more recent work less consistent. I bought 'Tokyo Day Trip' expecting to be wowed (especially with Christian McBride playing bass and Sanchez on drums)and I wasn't. It sounded dry to me, and identical all his other recent albums. Although that album has grown on me in the months since I bought, I couldn't help but wonder if some of the passion that had made his earlier performances so amazing (see 80/81 or his recording with Ornette Coleman 'Song X') was gone. I can happily say that if it was gone, it has come back strongly for this recording. His solos are tasteful, but exciting and his comping is perfectly timed. The last member from the earlier quartets is bassist Steve Swallow, who although rarely in the spotlight does a fine job throughout.

The new member is drummer Antonio Sanchez. I have followed him for last year or two with great interest. He is one of the more interesting newer drummer on the scene. His beats are always very complicated, sometimes busy, but he never overpowers the rest of the band. In this setting he excels, keeping the fast songs exciting, the slow songs mellow and lending one or two fabulous solos (he has an extended solo on 'Missouri Uncompromised' which is great).

the band fits together well, interacting as if by telepathy. They are never in each other's way, as is often the case in mediocre bands, but instead move freely around each other without ever losing the core of the song. Whether on a fast tune (Syndrome) or a slower one (Fleurette Africaine) they could not sound more together. The old Gary Burton Quartet standards have never sounded better (this may be my new favorite iteration of 'Falling Grace').

A week ago, in anticipation of its release, I tried to listen to the samples on this Amazon page. What I heard was like the old Burton quartet played two or three times as fast. Luckily this is an issue not with the music, but with the amazon samples, which must have been sped up somehow. In reality this is a great release. If you've been a fan, you'll love this. If your new, I suspect you'll love it as well.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely Wonderful & Uplifting! 30 May 2009
By D. Shear - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This much-anticipated quartet gathering, the New Quartet Live Album with Burton, Metheny, Swallow and Sanchez, is simply great! I love the flow of songs and the 4 sound wonderful together and sport-on. Pat has 3 songs; Gary has 1 song, as does Chick Corea - Neville Potter, Keith Jarrett and Duke Ellington. Carla Bley has 2 songs, as does Steve Swallow. Altogether there are 11 songs and IMO, Missouri Uncompromised is Super as is Little African Flower. The Album ends with Question and Answer and @ 13:02 in Length it is really performed smoking Hot! Pat plays his guitar synth on Q & A and I think it caps off the album really well and in my view, he sensitively plays his guitar synth to the scale of Yoshi's. The sound quality is excellent and the album was recorded in June of 2007 at Yoshi's in Oakland, CA. This new and hot Quartet Live album is highly recommended!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Time Machine..... 28 Jun. 2009
By Mario Toni Belamariæ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is sort of a time machine. In the cd booklet Pat, Gary & Steve say that things have changed over the years and they evolved as a players, but the feeling is the same as in the times of those tracks. I thought it wasn't possible!
Pat solos (improvisations) are the best in the last 10 years. It's like he returned to lyrical playing of early days (70s & 80s). I have all of Pat albums and even though I always thought of him as the best player and composer in the world (well Lyle Mays is here too), I felt that his improvisations in the last decade has gone too technical. But on this album he returns to his lyrical playing and the only thing i can say is: "Well, that's Pat!"
Gary and Steve, on the other hand are standard in their masterful playing and things just flow around in space....
Somehow, I would have liked Danny Gottlieb on drums even though Antonio kicks ...! ;o)

Anyway, a great album of a great musicians and of a great music and feeling!
Cheers! ;o)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Calm and inventive jazz 7 Aug. 2009
By Anthony Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Gary Burton had a top-notch group out on tour in 2007 -- Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow, and Antonio Sanchez. They all played with Pat Metheny previously ("Like Minds", "I Can See Your House From Here" & "Day Trip") but a Montreal festival got them all together for the first time, and resulted in a tour. You can't put down any of the playing or any of the songs (by Chick COrea, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Keith Jarrett, Gary Burton, Pat Metheny and Duke Ellington), but there is a sameness to the songs. So while the CD is good, it doesn't stand out enough. Metheny uses the guitar synth to welcome effect in "Question And Answer". This continues Metheny's welcome streak of playing jazzier stuff. Fans of Burton or Metheny will want to get this disc.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Saw it live... 23 Jun. 2009
By D. Scheff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I don't have the recording yet, but just saw this group three days ago in Northampton, MA and couldn't have been more impressed. I LOVED drummer Antonio Sanchez. Being a drummer myself, I can't say I have ever seen or heard a drummer who so closely echoed live what I was thinking/feeling as I listened. If I could play that well, that is how I would play.

All the way around, brilliant, world-class musicians at their best.

Bravo!
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