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Gary Burton: Next Generation

Recently retired from Berklee’s faculty after 33 years, Gary Burton shows off his first new band since ’97 on Next Generation (Concord). It’s a group of talented youngsters. Ukranian pianist Vadim Neselovskyi, 26, comps unpredictably, from low-register ostinatos on “Ques Sez” to repeated chordal jabs on “Get Up and Go.” “Clarity” is a brilliant duet between Burton and the precocious guitarist Julian Lage, 17, who came to Burton’s attention at 12!

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