Editors’ Notes Gary Burton loves pairing vibraphone with guitar. The New Gary Burton Quartet includes the up-and-comer Julian Lage, who favors acoustic guitar on 2011’s Common Ground. (Bassist Scott Colley and drummer Antonio Sanchez round out the group.) All of the band members contribute compositions; two pieces by ex-Burton band member Vadim Neselovskyi, a piece Keith Jarrett wrote for Burton in 1970, and “My Funny Valentine” are also included. The band generally has a very even-tempered sound but occasionally the fine Mexican drummer ruffles things nicely. The album kicks off with Neselovskyi’s “Late Night Sunrise,” a cool mid-tempo cruiser with some artfully off-kilter passages. The band swings on Sanchez’s “Did You Get It?,” a speedy, slightly tweaked blues that features sweet soloing by the drummer. “My Funny Valentine” starts off with an extended classically flavored acoustic guitar statement before it moves into a sensitive rendition of the classic. An appealing version of Keith Jarrett’s Americana-laced “In Your Quiet Place” brings the album to a quiet close.

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Late Night Sunrise
1
6:40
 
Never the Same Way
2
7:05
 
Common Ground
3
7:01
 
Was It So Long Ago?
4
6:18
 
Etude
5
5:52
 
Last Snow
6
7:06
 
Did You Get It?
7
5:19
 
My Funny Valentine
8
7:18
 
Banksy
9
6:15
 
In Your Quiet Place
10
7:20
 

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