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Gary Burton (Vibes): Reunion

Album Reviews:

Q - 3 Stars - Good - "..A most enjoyable session, but a hardly radical one."

Album Notes

Personnel: Gary Burton (vibraphone); Mitchel Forman (piano, keyboards); Pat Metheny (guitar); Will Lee (bass); Peter Erskine (drums, percussion).

Recorded at Power Station Studio "A", New York, New York from May 6-10, 1989. Includes liner notes by Neil Tesser.

Guitarist Pat Metheny was a member of the Gary Burton Quartet/Quintet during 1974-1976. In 1989, after becoming a major star, he had a reunion with the vibraphonist that resulted in this excellent project. Performing laid-back and often introspective pieces by Polo Ortin, Vince Mendoza, Paul Meyers, keyboardist Mitchel Forman, and Metheny, the two principals swing lightly in a quintet with Forman, bassist Will Lee, and drummer Peter Erskine. Although Burton had to adjust himself a little due to his former sideman's prominence, the combination of vibes and guitar works quite well. The individual songs are not all that memorable but the group sound is quite attractive and Burton sounds inspired by Metheny. ~ Scott Yanow


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