One of the great vibraphonists to emerge in the 1960s, Gary Burton's remarkable four-mallet technique can make him sound like two or three players at once. Self-taught on vibes, Burton made his recording debut with country guitarist Hank Garland when he was 17, started recording regularly for RCA in 1961, and toured with George Shearing's quintet in 1963. In 1967, with guitarist Larry Coryell, he led one of the early "fusion" bands. Burton recorded duet sets with Chick Corea (they also toured extensively), Ralph Towner, Steve Swallow, and Paul Bley, and collaborated on an album apiece with Stephane Grappelli and Keith Jarrett. Very active as an educator at Berklee since joining its faculty in 1971, Burton remained a prominent stylist. He recorded during different periods of his career extensively for RCA, Atlantic, ECM, GRP, and Concord, releasing Like Minds through the latter in 1998. 2004 found Burton back on more familiar ground with the release of Generations a bop-influenced quartet album for longtime label Concord.
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