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Gary Burton (Vibes): Duster

Album Reviews:

Down Beat (2/98, p.42) - 4 1/2 stars (out of 5) - "...DUSTER offers something for everyone without sounding like a recital. It reflects that inbetween period in jazz where elements of rock, free and even hints of country are mixed genuinely and freely against the tapestry of a more mainstream jazz..."

Album Notes

Gary Burton Quartet: Gary Burton (vibraphone); Larry Coryell (guitar); Steve Swallow (bass); Roy Haynes (drums).

Producer: Brad McCuen.

Recorded at the RCA Victor's Studio B, New York, New York in 1967.

Gary Burton's DUSTER, released in 1967, was an early foray into jazz fusion, predating even Miles Davis's FILLES DE KILIMANJARO and IN A SILENT WAY. Burton's multi-mallet vibes attack is as sharp as ever, but it's the presence of rock-influenced guitarist Larry Coryell that gives the disc its distinctive flavor. Bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Roy Hayes flesh out the ensemble work perfectly, contributing to the modal interplay. Post bop still figures heavily into the aesthetic, but there is an undeniable glimmer of something futuristic here, a glimmer that would come to full fruition in the late-'60s and throughout the '70s.


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