September 3, 2011
Gary Burton On JazzSet (Becca Pulliam, 9/01/11, NPR)
In 1960, at age 17, Burton came from Indiana to study at Berklee, a music school in a Boston brownstone. He stayed and helped transform the school into the educational powerhouse that it is today. This concert celebrates Berklee's golden anniversary.
Our JazzSet compilation features three groups representing three generations. The first features guitarist John Scofield and saxophonist Joe Lovano, who now holds the Gary Burton Chair in Jazz Performance at Berklee. Burton has teamed up with bassist Steve Swallow for between 25 and 40 years ("I have lost track," Burton says), and "the new guy" on the drums is Antonio Sanchez.
The next group features three horns and a pianist who came through Berklee as students in the 1970s and '80s, then worked with Burton. That's been his pattern -- scout them, teach them, hire them. They are Tiger Okoshi on trumpet, Jim Odgren on alto, Donny McCaslin on tenor, Makoto Ozone on piano, Swallow and Sanchez. [...]
With Burton (onstage throughout the show), the third group plays a tango by Lage. The players are Vadim Neselovskyi from the Ukraine on piano, Luques Curtis on bass and James Williams on drums. And the finale is a vibes-and-piano duet with Burton and old friend Chick Corea in "La Fiesta."
Posted by Orrin Judd at September 3, 2011 7:48 AM