Full performer name: Gary Burton Quartet/Eberhard Weber.
Gary Burton Quartet: Gary Burton (vibraphone); Pat Metheny (electric guitar); Steve Swallow (electric bass); Dan Gottlieb (drums).
Additional personnel: Eberhard Weber (acoustic bass).
Recorded at Talent Studio, Oslo, Norway in November 1976.
Personnel: Gary Burton (vibraphone); Pat Metheny (guitar, electric guitar); Steve Swallow (bass guitar); Dan Gottlieb, Danny Gottlieb (drums).
Recording information: Talent Studio, Oslo, Norway (11/1976).
Photographers: Roberto Masotti; Lajos Keresztes.
Guitarist Pat Metheny was a member of vibraphonist Gary Burton's group from 1974-1976, but although he had recorded with Burton twice previously, both of those dates also included guitarist Mick Goodrick. This particular set puts more of a focus on Metheny in a quintet that also includes drummer Danny Gottlieb and both Steve Swallow and Eberhard Weber on basses. Metheny contributed three of the six selections, which are joined by a song apiece from Swallow, Weber, and Chick Corea ("Sea Journey"). Although none of the individual songs caught on, the attractive sound of the post-bop unit and an opportunity to hear Pat Metheny in his formative period make this a CD reissue worth exploring. ~ Scott Yanow