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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 7 Jan 2014
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B. L. Rudd "GUITARIST" (FRANCE) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton (Paperback)
This is a fine read from one of my all time favourites. It could well be the finest autobiography of a musician yet. I've enjoyed Garys playing since his contribution to Hank Garlands "Jazz Winds from a New Direction" (the album every jazz guitarist should own). I've seen him play live on numberous occasions, admired his choice of sidemen with the exception of the grindingly dull Larry Coryell. Garys love of tango is something I share, I applaud his part in bringing it to the notice of the world. I'm convinced that no one on this planet can outplay Gary. Maestro.
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5.0 out of 5 stars He learnt to listen, now he has learnt to write, 15 Dec 2014
This review is from: Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton (Paperback)
I think I discovered (or should that be encountered) Burton's music and playing in the early 70s when he toured Australia. After seeing him playing vibes solo and in a group context on TV I began buying his then recent recordings. Some years later I discovered some of his earlier mid 60s recordings and marvelled at how good (and ahead of their time) they were.

Burton talks about his early career playing with George Shearing and Stan Getz before deciding to form his own groups. In the book also Burton sings the praises of various other musicians he has worked with such as Chick Corea, Steve Swallow and Pat Metheny.

He also talks about his marriages, career as an educator/administrator at Berklee. Burton has continued to provide himself with musical challenges to this day which have met with varying reactions from his fans, audiences and critics.

Myths abound about Burton's practice (or lack of practice) methods. And this book goes someway to providing an insight into how Burton views practice and what his methods are. But when you are blessed with perfect pitch and a seemingly wonderful memory the norm of extended hours of practice used by many musicians would be overkill. More tellingly Burton provides an insight into his control and editing of his "subconcious" playing ability.

Burton has done much to prove the vibraphone (vibraharp) is more than a novelty instrument and that Jazz works well within a wide variety of influences. He has proven himself to be a great and successful interpreter of other people's compositions complete with an innate ability to connect with his audience.

Gary Burton spent many years writing (or thinking about writing) his autobiography. But after reading it, you have to wonder why it took so long to write, as its so easy to read. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 28 Oct 2014
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Great book! A whole life of playing jazz by a maestro like Burton. Interesting stories.
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