Historical ECM Jazz Album Reissue Mastered From Original Analog Source!
Sounding as fresh today as it did in 1973, Seven Songs places the Gary Burton Quartet in an orchestral context, with compositions of Michael Gibbs inspired by Messiaen and Charles Ives as well as Miles and Gil Evans and exceptional soloing by Mick Goodrick, Steve Swallow and Burton himself. The production is exemplary: Seven Songs set a new standard for recordings of orchestral jazz.
Born in 1943 and raised in Indiana, Gary Burton taught himself to play the vibraphone and, at the age of 17, made his recording debut in Nashville, Tennessee, with guitarists Hank Garland and Chet Atkins. Two years later, Burton left his studies at Berklee College of Music to join George Shearing and subsequently Stan Getz, with whom he worked from 1964-1966. As a member of Getzs quartet, Burton won Down Beat magazines Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition award in 1965. By the time he left Getz to form his own quartet in 1967, Burton had also recorded three albums under his name for RCA. Borrowing rhythms and sonorities from rock music, while maintaining jazzs emphasis on improvisation and harmonic complexity, Burtons first quartet attracted large audiences from both sides of the jazz-rock spectrum. Such albums as Duster and Lofty Fake Anagram established Burton and his band as progenitors of the jazz fusion phenomenon.
Mastered From Original Analog Source
Gary Burton, vibraharp
Michael Goodrick, guitar
Steve Swallow, bass
Ted Seibs, drums
Michael Gibbs, conductor
1. Nocturne Vulgaire / Arise, Her Eyes
3. By Way of a Preface
2. The Rain Before It Falls
Recorded December 1973.