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While Gary Burton would become one of the preeminent jazz vibraphonists, his career was just getting started at the time this album (his debut LP as a leader) was made, Burton was just 18! But make no mistake, these recordings prove that the vibraphonist had already accomplished the most difficult task for any jazz musician the attainment of a wholly individual voice. While he cited Milt Jackson as his favorite vibraphonist at this stage of his career, Burton never sought to imitate him, and his style is considerably different from the already established giants of the instrument: Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo and Milt Jackson. Even at such an early age, Burton displays his remarkable four-mallet technique on these recordings. The technique allows Burton to fully express his modern harmonic sense and frequently results in the vibraphonist sounding like two or three players at once. His ability for ceaseless melodic invention is also plainly evident throughout these recordings as is his strong sense of swing and advanced rhythmic concept.


A1 Joy Spring
A2 Over The Rainbow
A3 Like Someone In Love
A4 Minor Blues
A5 Three-Four, The Blues

B1 Our Waltz
B2 So Many Things
B3 Sir John
B4 You Stepped Out Of A Dream
B5 All The Things You Are

GARY BURTON LP New Vibe Man In Town

  • Label: Jazz Wax Records ‎– JWR 4562

    Format: Vinyl, LP, Reissue, Stereo 

    Country: Spain

    Released: 16 Feb 2015

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