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The New Gary Burton Quartet: Common Ground

Gary Burton is one of the three or four most important vibraphonists in the history of jazz. But over the past five decades, his best records have come out of his collaborations with other major figures like Chick Corea, Pat Metheny and John Scofield, not from his own groups.

Until Common Ground. Burton’s “New Quartet” contains individual virtuosity and collective chemistry. Julian Lage’s guitar lines and the leader’s four-mallet vibraphone sonorities intimately interweave. Lage’s intriguing, concise ideas are etched into the air. Bassist Scott Colley makes this ensemble sound intelligent, fervent and bonded. Drummer Antonio Sanchez brings a new edgy energy to Burton’s music.

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