Gary Burton Quartet: Gary Burton (vibraphone); Larry Coryell (guitar); Steve Swallow (bass); Bob Moses (drums).
Recorded at RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, Hollywood, California in 1967.
Recorded in the summer of 1967--a mere four months after DUSTER--ANAGRAM is the second Gary Burton Quartet album to feature guitarist Larry Coryell. His addition to the ensemble is important, as his rock-inflected sound and style create a striking foil for Burton's vibraphone. Coryell's guitar (for the most part dryly recorded) adds coarseness to the ringing tones of the vibes.
The rhythm section of drummer Bob Moses and bassist Steve Swallow is as supple and playful as always. Burton was also composing at this time, though he would eventually abandon composition in favor of interpretation. ANAGRAM features three of Burton's pieces, along with works by Swallow and Michael Gibbs, and a gorgeous version of Duke Ellington's "Fleurette Africaine."