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New Vibes: Gary Burton In The 1960s

A look at the productive and creatively diverse first decade of an NEA Jazz Master's career.

Cover of Gary Burton's 1966 LP The Time Machine

Photo: Album cover art

Man of many mallets: a self-taught vibes player, Burton revolutionized the instrument with his four-mallet technique.

In 1961 18-year-old vibraphonist Gary Burton made his debut as a leader, kicking off both a prolific decade and an illustrious career for which he’d eventually be honored as an NEA Jazz Master. On this edition of Night Lights we’ll hear music he recorded that highlighted the work of composer Carla Bley, anticipated country crossover influences in jazz and pop, and helped usher in the jazz-rock movement, as well as sideman recordings made with Stan Getz and George Shearing, and reflections from Burton himself on this early chapter of his life.

Watch Gary Burton perform his composition “Singing Song” with Stan Getz:

Read JazzWax blogger Marc Myers’ interview with Burton.

Special thanks to Gary Burton.

You Stepped Out Of A Dream
Gary Burton — New Vibe Man In Town/Jazz Winds From A New Direction (American Jazz Classics, 2012)

Notes: 9:01 p.m.

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All The Things You Are
Hank Garland — New Vibe Man In Town/Jazz Winds From A New Direction (American Jazz Classics, 2012)
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J.S. Bop
George Shearing — Out Of The Woods (Capitol, 1964)
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The Singing Song
Stan Getz — Getz Au Go Go (Verve, 2007)
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Six-Nix, Quix, Flix
Gary Burton — The Time Machine (BGO, 2017)
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And On The Third Day (midpoint music bed)
Gary Burton — Country Roads And Other Places (BGO, 2015)
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One, Two, 1-2-3-4
Gary Burton — Duster (BGO, 2015)
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The Opening
Gary Burton — A Genuine Tong Funeral (Sony Canada, 2017)
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Grave Train
Gary Burton — A Genuine Tong Funeral (Sony Canada, 2017)
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Country Roads
Gary Burton — Country Roads And Other Places (BGO, 2015)
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The Sunset Bell
Gary Burton — The Gary Burton Quartet In Concert (FiveFour, 2012)
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