June 26, 2009 |
It's rare to see guitarist Pat Metheny play second fiddle. But the two-hour concert Wednesday night at the Keswick Theatre was largely a reunion of vibraphonist Gary Burton's quartet of the 1970s, where Metheny got his break and could see a fusion blueprint for much of his career. Metheny called it "the rough equivalent of getting to join the Beatles" in the notes of the Burton group's CD released last month, Quartet Live. Metheny, 54, who's prone to exuberant quotes like that, didn't utter a word all night.
November 13, 1987 |
The highlights of another busy week include a visit from Gary Burton, two gigs by one of the city's finest bands, and the continuation of the bar war between Jewel's and T'n'T Monroe's. GARY BURTON. Burton - the idled Red Norvo's heir-apparent as the most lyrical of jazz vibraphonists - brings his quartet to Memphis, 2121 Arch St., on Wednesday for shows at 8 and 10 p.m. Noteworthy in Burton's group is mainstay Steve Swallow, a stimulating composer and the most lyrical of jazz bass guitarists.
November 28, 1997 |
On "Centripetal Force," Terell Stafford dips his trumpet and fluegelhorn into a pool of disparate settings and comes up dripping with success. Rather than focus attention on himself, Stafford prefers to let the music and the ensemble, whether large or duet-sized, do the talking. When Stafford plays, there's no showy interference between his musical idea and what comes out of the trumpet's bell. Take his play on the standard "A Child Is Born," with guitarist Russell Malone.
November 9, 2012
Alan Jackson Though he came on the scene in the age of Garth, Alan Jackson has never been one for the kind of spectacle and shallowness - not to mention lack of country character - so prevalent today in country music. His own music is radio-ready, to be sure, but the Georgia native has become a superstar with a workmanlike manner that is understated but forthright, and never pandering. It's a style he has resolutely maintained for more than two decades now. As he shows on his most recent album, 2011's Thirty Miles West , his work continues to possess the kind of soul and craftsmanship that are built to last, no matter what happens to his commercial fortunes.
February 11, 2013
Partial list of winners at Sunday's 55th annual Grammy Awards Record of the Year: "Somebody That I Used to Know" Gotye, featuring Kimbra Album of the Year: Babel Mumford & Sons Song of the Year: "We Are Young" fun., featuring Janelle Monáe Best New Artist: Fun. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Gotye, featuring Kimbra "Somebody That I Used to Know" Best Pop Solo Performance: Adele "Set Fire to the Rain (Live)"...
April 26, 1991 |
When it comes to jazz vibraphonists, Gary Burton is generally acknowledged to be the best in the business. Burton continues to top the polls, and there is plenty of support from his loyal following for his recordings and concerts. Burton, who will appear tomorrow night with his quintet at the Stockton State College Performing Arts Center, is regarded as the master of the technique that involves playing with two mallets in each hand. His brand of jazz incorporates classical music, pop, Latin and other influences.
April 22, 2011
Gentleman Jack Art, Beats + Lyrics Traveling hip-hop culture fest offers visual and sonic stimulation with performances by the live soul band YVPG, Philly hip-hop talent Sean Eaylon and a special appearance by Kendrick Lamar, now working with Dr. Dre and recently spotlighted in the "Freshman Class" cover story in XXL . Spinnas DJ Phish and DJ Lord (of Public Enemy) also entertain at the event sponsored by our fave southern Mash whiskey and spotlighting an interesting East Falls venue in converted factory space.
July 1, 1989 |
Like their peers in other outposts of the jazz world, the artists who record for the West German ECM label must endure a stereotype. The common line on ECM is that the music is pastoral, pretty to a fault, and witless in its improvisations. Two founding voices of the ECM sound - vibraphonist Gary Burton and guitarist Ralph Towner - confounded all such preconceptions at a free concert at Penn's Landing last night. They opened with an everyday jazz player's jaunt, Jerome Kern's "Yesterdays," which not only accomplished a thorough re-invention of conventional harmony, but also helped establish a musical conversation that lasted throughout the evening and at times seemed almost clairvoyant.
September 19, 2014 |
Being a gay or a lesbian jazz musician isn't new. Take pianist Cecil Taylor, vibraphonist Gary Burton, drummer Allison Miller, and, famously, Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington's cocomposer/arranger. Improvisational pianist Fred Hersch, currently on the jazz charts with his new album, Floating , came out publicly two decades ago with the information that he had HIV, and never looked back. "I was advised against coming out" says Hersch. "People thought it was a death sentence - this was 1993, before all the cocktails - that it would screw up my career.
August 28, 1987 |
The time for previews of coming attractions is not quite ripe, but frankly, I am having conniptions trying to hold it in. Rarely have I seen such a lavish advance scheduling of jazz artists at this - or, almost any - season of the year. One notes tentative bookings stretching as far as December, and while there is many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip, you can't spill it if you ain't got it. Some of the artists coming our way are Mose Allison, Art Blakey, Randy Brecker, Kenny Burrell, Gary Burton, Charlie Byrd, Johnny Griffin, Roland Hanna, Eddie Harris, Ahmad Jamal, Dr. John, J.J. Johnson, Etta Jones, Jimmy Knepper, Gloria Lynne, Joe Newman, Red Rodney, Sonny Rollins, Frank Wess and possibly Diane Schuur.