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Gary Burton New Quartet: Guided Tour

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Guided Tour is the second album by this band. Gary Burton is the preeminent four-mallet vibraphone player in jazz. Julian Lage is an artistically mature, technically immaculate 24-year-old guitarist. He has been making records with Burton since he was 15. They intertwine their two treble voices-overlapping in pitch, differentiated in timbre-and make intricate designs in the moment. Scott Colley is a rock-solid bassist. The presence of drummer Antonio Sanchez, with his unique package of informational density, aggression and musicality, assures that this elegant ensemble never sounds soft.

There is continuous vivid content like Lage’s detailed, layered, graceful exposition on Burton’s “Jane Fonda Called Again.” As for Burton, if he has ever taken a solo lacking in poise and intelligent form, it was too long ago to remember. He can be lyrically rapt at any tempo, from slow and hesitant (Colley’s eulogy for his father, “Legacy”) to spiky (Lage’s “Sunday’s Uncle”).

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