Mack Avenue Records is proud to announce the signing of Grammy® award winning vibraphonist Gary Burton. The signing comes after Burton launched the New Gary Burton Quartet in a sold out, week-long North American premiere at New York’s Blue Note in October 2010. Featuring guitarist Julian Lage, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Antonio Sanchez, their debut album, Common Ground, will be released in the U.S. on June 7.
For over five decades, Gary Burton, a six-time Grammy® award winner, has crossed musical barriers and generations with his innovative ensembles. His quartets have featured a unique mix of established musicians while discovering and showcasing younger musicians, many of whom would soon become some of the world’s most recognizable artists. Musicians such as Larry Coryell, Mick Goodrick, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, and most recently Julian Lage, began their careers in Burton’s esteemed quartet. With Lage, Colley and Sanchez, this is Burton’s new incarnation and revitalized group: a new quartet for a new era.
“Mack Avenue is a company on the way up, and there’s no better place for an artist to be,” reflects Burton. “Now I have a new band and a new record label, and lots of plans for the future.”
One of the greatest vibraphonists of all time, Burton’s pioneering four-mallet technique can make him sound like two or three players simultaneously. Burton has enjoyed recording tenures with a host of prestigious labels including RCA, ECM, Atlantic, GRP and Concord. He has performed and collaborated closely with musicians such as Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, Roy Haynes, Stéphane Grappelli, Carla Bley, Ralph Towner, Stan Getz, Makoto Ozone, Ástor Piazzolla and many others.
“Gary is a pioneer with a breadth of contributions to the art form. His music has made a profound impact on generations of musicians and listeners,” says Mack Avenue Records President Denny Stilwell. “We are honored to have him join the Mack Avenue family with his new quartet and look forward to an album that will mark a new beginning in his distinguished career.”
After winning his sixth Grammy for The New Crystal Silence in 2009, his most recent duet collaboration with Chick Corea, Burton recorded Quartet Live!, a Grammy nominated disc reprising music from Burton’s 1970s period. The group, known as “The Gary Burton Quartet Revisited,” featured Metheny, Sanchez and bassist Steve Swallow, and toured the US, Europe and Japan.
For more information, visit http://www.garyburton.com.
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