Gary Burton: September Song


September Song


Gary Burton (vibes)


Departure (Concord Jazz CCD-4749-2)

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Gary Burton (vibes), John Scofield (guitar), Fred Hersch (piano), John Patitucci (bass), Peter Erskine (drums).

Composed by Maxwell Anderson & Kurt Weill. Arranged by Gary Burton & Tommy Kamp


Recorded: New York, September 20-22, 1996


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Gary Burton, 33 years after joining the George Shearing Quintet at age 20, returns to the scene of the chimes. "September Song" recreates the aura and instrumentation that won Shearing fame when Gary was in the first grade. Half a century later, Burton enjoys vastly superior audio quality. Shamefully, Shearing's 1949-51 quintet recordings have never been suitably restored and completely collected for reissue. Thankfully, Burton & Friends lovingly and expertly revive this music from their fathers' era, which is wonderfully affirming. Jazz speaks across generations as it does across languages, cultures and races. With the clarity of a soft kiss.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


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