The New Gary Burton Quartet – Common Ground (2011) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

The New Gary Burton Quartet – Common Ground (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:06:15 minutes | 1,26 GB | Genre: Jazz
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GRAMMY®-winning pioneer Gary Burton makes his Mack Avenue Records debut with Common Ground. The recording features his newly formed quartet, which is comprised of guitarist Julian Lage, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Antonio Sanchez. Common Ground includes ten compositions, including six originals by the quartet. The album marks Gary Burton’s first since 2005.

Gary Burton is one of the three or four most important vibraphonists in the history of jazz…contains individual virtuosity and collective chemistry. – Jazz Times

Once Gary Burton retired from his duties at Berklee, he began to scale back his touring with a full-time quartet. In 2010, he assembled a new band with the phenomenal young guitarist Julian Lage (who first sat in with the vibraphonist at the age of 12), veteran bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Antonio Sanchez, all of whom have recorded as bandleaders themselves. Six of the CD’s ten tracks were contributed by the quartet’s members, starting with Colley’s intricate “Never the Same Way,” which incorporates a Latin flavor in its tricky 7/4 meter. Sanchez contributed the infectious cooker “Common Ground” (featuring great solos all around and capturing the spirit of Burton’s earlier quartets), and “Did You Get It?” a lively blues with a playful call-and-response between Lage and Burton in its introduction. The leader frequently dismisses his efforts as a composer, but his bittersweet, melancholy ballad “Was It So Long Ago?” is further proof that he needs to spend more time writing; his infectious tango is a lyrical work. Lage is just as promising a songwriter as he is a guitarist. His challenging “Etude” evolved from a study piece he uses with his students; the intricate, rapid-fire introduction segues into a Spanish-flavored midsection that showcases his formidable chops. Burton also revisits songs from his past. Lage introduces “My Funny Valentine” with a well-disguised improvisation that doesn’t state its well-known theme until the full band joins him near the halfway mark, then both Burton and Colley take solos, backed by Sanchez’s soft but effective percussion. Burton also revisits Keith Jarrett’s “In a Quiet Place,” blending reflective moments with a bluesy air at times. Common Ground stands alongside the many landmark albums in Gary Burton’s vast discography. -AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden

1 Late Night Sunrise 6:32
2 Never The Same Way 6:57
3 Common Ground 6:58
4 Was It So Long Ago? 6:12
5 Etude 5:46
6 Last Snow 7:01
7 Did You Get It? 5:11
8 My Funny Valentine 7:11
9 Banksy 6:08
10 In Your Quiet Place 7:17

Gary Burton, vibes
Scott Colley, bass
Julian Lage, guitar
Antonio Sanchez, drums