Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Gary Burton - Duster (1967)

02.Sweet Rain
03.Portsmouth Figurations
04.General Mojo's Well Laid Plan
05.One, Two, 1-2-3-4
06.Sing Me Softly Of The Blues

Gary Burton (vibraphone)
Larry Coryell (guitar)
Steve Swallow (bass)
Roy Haynes (drums).
Recorded at the RCA Victor's Studio B, New York, New York in 1967.

Burton's first successful entry into jazz-rock fusion, still more jazz than rock but pointing the way ahead. Compositions by bassist Steve Swallow, Carla Bley and Mike Gibbs are savvily interpreted by Burton, Swallow, Larry Coryell and drummer Roy Haynes. Coryell's sharp tone, deeply inflected by the blues, offers the main rock flavoring on tunes like "Ballet", "Liturgy", and Swallow's hippie-esque "General Mojo's Well-Laid Plan". The album received an astonishing 5-star review from Down Beat upon its initial release.

Following his service with Burton, Coryell joined with saxophonist Steve "The Count" Marcus to form Count's Rock Band. The group was rounded out by Chris Hills and Bob Moses from the Free Spirits, New Zealand-born keyboardist Mike Nock, and percussionist Chris Swanson. Their assimilation of rock elements was more overt than in Burton's quartet. Pop song covers and Nock's kitschy harpsichord assured a young following for Count's Rock Band for a time. The group's self-titled debut album was released in '69 on the Vortex label (an Atlantic subsidiary), concurrently with Marcus' own effort, The Lord's Prayer.
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