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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1997
  • Release Date: 9 Mar. 2009
  • Label: Universal Music Group International
  • Copyright: (C) 1997 Concord Jazz, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:04:40
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  • ASIN: B001WB3P1W
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 412,219 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burton does standards! 19 July 2008
By Olukayode Balogun - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Vibes player Gary Burton is one of my all-time favourite jazz musicians but a couple of things mark this particular 1997 project apart. First, there's the very thrilling cast Burton pulled together for it; no doubt the inspiration for the "& Friends" part of the billing: Peter Erskine on drums, John Patitucci on bass, Fred Hersch on piano and, as I was particularly gleeful to see, John Scofield on guitar.

The second thing is the choice of songs; a departure that probably inspired the album title. For the first time in (reportedly) about 50-odd albums, apart from one song by Chick Corea, "Japanese Waltz", and another by Bruce Miller & Daryl Phinessee, "Tossed Salads And Scrambled Eggs" (the theme from the hit sitcom "Frasier"), Burton has decided to do an album of classic standards. These are songs that have been covered by anyone from Nat King Cole to Sarah Vaughan to Frank Sinatra and it's wall-to-wall class. This is, after all, a slice of the best in American songwriting.

I still have my favourites though: the album opener, the marching "September Song" by Maxwell Anderson & Kurt Weill; the shuffling "Poinciana" by Nat Simon & Buddy Bernier, (a doppelganger of the Ahmad Jamal 1958 version except this one has been opened up for multiple solos); the winding 'Arab-spiced' tune "Depk" by Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn; "Tenderly" by Jack Lawrence & Walter Gross, (one of my favourite standards of all time - I'm particularly partial to the versions by Ella Fitzgerald and Natalie Cole).

Then there's the typically wonderful aforementioned Chick Corea song and the "Frasier" tune, (I'm a huge fan of the show and regularly watch reruns) and also, "Born To Be Blue" by Robert Wells & Mel Torme, made famous for me by Nancy Wilson and then more recently, by Grant Green.

But really, it's great music all the way through, with some awesome solos by Scofield, Hersch and of course, Burton himself. The album is produced by Burton and arranged by him and Tommy Kamp. Well worth checking out.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Breathtaking New Standard Classic! 19 Feb. 2016
By RH - Published on
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Switching to Concord Jazz, a production label poised for the kind of continued
artistic growth that Gary Burton has proudly evidenced throughout his deeply rich
multi-faceted career, the vibraphone titan made his return to his mainstream jazz
roots with this highly praised masterpiece in 1997, a synergy mix for instrumental
colours that have showcased his emergence as a highly creative first rate master
jazz vibraphonist. Billed by “Gary Burton And Friends” as a special homecoming,
the time-honoured Departure find Burton in the company of long-standing friends
as it places him a rich context of classic standards where he puts a sparkling new
original touch on them as he is joined by master jazz guitarist John Scofield, Fred
Hersch at the piano, bassist John Patituci and session drummer Peter Erskin who
showcase their enduring solos alongside Burton’s vibes in a superb class of there
own. Starting on a sweet lyrical note with September Song, the magnificent track
set proceed on a lovely series of jazz classics, such as Ahmad Jamal’s Poinciana,
Chick Corea’s Japanese Waltz, and Horace Silver’s Ecaroh, as well as beautifully
crafted classic pop songs like Tenderly, If I Were A Bell and even the theme song
for Fraser (Tossed Salads And Scrambled Eggs). Not since Burton’s classy duet
performances with Chick Corea and Makoto Ozone have he presented a timeless
acoustic jazz album as Departure specializes with in it’s distinctive sound in great
fashion, where on Tossed Salads And Scrambled Eggs (Theme From Fraser), he
turn this vibes-guitar-piano number into a strikingly invigorating jazz classic which
is one of the great moments this album has to offer as this timeless labour of love
will remain as fresh and deeply vibrant as ever.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding straight-ahead music 26 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Very listenable, music with a George Shearing brilliance. One of the best new recordings I have heard in a long time. When we have friends over and are looking for a good recording that everyone will like, this is it. Very cool, and I hope Gary does more like it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have CD... 21 Jun. 2009
By Sebring - Published on
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If you buy this CD only for Burton's stunning version of Poinciana- it's a bargain. Everything else is icing on the cake. Tenderly and Tossed salad and scrambled eggs are superb. I recommend this CD as a "must have" essential.
3.0 out of 5 stars This was a disappointment to me - a bunch of noodling around without ... 14 Aug. 2016
By Andrew Pinkowitz - Published on
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Eh? This was a disappointment to me - a bunch of noodling around without much direction IMHO
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