With Pat Metheny and Mick Goodrick – 1974

Gary Burton

The vibraphonist’s all-star group performs four songs

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Vibraphonist Gary Burton’s quartets and quintets of the 1960s, and ‘70s were famed for often featuring up-and-coming guitarists who would soon make their mark on modern music.

Starting with Larry Coryell in 1967, such guitarists as Jerry Hahn, Sam Brown, and John Scofield spent important periods with Burton.

The 1974 Gary Burton Quintet featured two brilliant guitarists in Pat Metheny (on 12-string guitar) and Mick Goodrick, plus Burton’s longtime electric bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bob Moses.

During their set from that year’s Molde Jazz Festival, Burton begins with a dazzling unaccompanied vibes performance of Chick Corea’s “Desert Air,” the group plays “The Colours of Chloe” and, after a drum solo from Moses, they conclude their performance with Swallow’s “Doin’ The Pig” and Keith Jarrett’s “Grow Your Own.”

The music has not dated in the slightest and still sounds adventurous and futuristic today.

-Scott Yanow 


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