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Throb [Import]

Gary Burton Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea Japan
  • ASIN: B0072KWOVE
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Why has this album taken so long to garner a release? Gary Burton has produced many fine albums over the past forty or so years, Throb however is his masterwork. Together with guitarist Jerry Hahn, violinist Richard Greene,
bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bob Moses, Burton made one of the most original and hard edged instrumental albums anywhere anytime.
Pity about the price, perhaps Rhino could put together a comprehensive edition for release everywhere. Really this is a killer of a record at the apex of American music. Americana to be sure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2 Mar 2012
By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ - Published on Amazon.com
It must have been hard for a vibes player like Gary Burton in 1969. Bobby Hutcherson was doing moving into uncharted free jazz territory, and Roy Ayers was moving funky prime form--his mallets leaving vapor trails.

Where did that leave a player like Burton, as talented as his vibe contemporaries but making more conventional, but just as legitimate music.

I am really not sure, but I hope he sold a lot of records, because one listen to Throb finds he absolutely deserved to. He here has the fire power of bassist Steve Swallow and guitarist Jerry Hahn

Amazing raw material, raw material Burton uses however he pleases: a psychedelic opener that could be Pink Floyd with vibes, a violin experiment that could work on Frank Zappa's Hot Rats, blues and trippy ballads.

Basically, many experiments taking place in rock are visited on this album. These are jazz guys with jazz chops, but make a "jazz album" as of wonderfully unhinged experimentation the way most rock bands of the era were.

Burton here does not show the flash of Ayers of the harmonic adventure of Hutch, but that is only because that is not the path Throb rides. Burton is more interested with--I guess literally--chiming in and decorating his jazz rock psych stew at just the right point. You would probably not know listening he is the leader, and that is to his credit. His ensemble approach here shows incredible restraint and taste. The vibes being such an underused instrument, hearing them inserted in the sweet spot--our musical erogenous zone, our ears G-spot, has amazing impact.

But one thing. Admit it. That is an a--- on the cover!
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1.0 out of 5 stars I Love the Album Cover, but I Don't Dig The Music. 8 April 2013
By S. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As much as I love the album cover, which looks to me like somebody's cute bubble-butt, I'm not digging the whole jazz-meets-country-bluegrass-fusion-thing going on here. I know it's supposed to be ground-breaking, and I am a huge fan of Gary Burton, but this album doesn't work for me. If I want to listen to Gary Burton, I'll put on "Passengers," "Ring," "The New Quartet," or "Crystal Silence."

But if I ever take up deer hunting, who knows, this album may be perfect for the occasion.
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