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I t MICHIGAN DAILY Tuesday, May 17, 1977
Burton jam radiates good vibes

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By SUSAN BARRY
THOSE WHO SAW vibes play-
er Gary Burton with Chick
Corea last fall in Ann Arbor and
were impressed by his unusual
technique, its ability to create
diversity in sound and style and
its smooth, mellow tones in har-
mony and :solo, probably went
to the Power Center lastjFriday
night for the sheer pleasure of
hearing Burton's band for two
hours on their own. And Burton
was definitely not for letting
anyone down.
Strolling onstage after a mod-
est introduction with a homey,
somewhat affected grin, Bur-
ton's attitude clearly promised
not ing flashy, just laid back,
-lowvibes. In jeans and tous-
led hair, with a minimum of
sound equipment tucked behind
some foliage, Burton's straight-
forward manner expressed itself
in a precision that insured his
performance an evenly paced,
consistent quality and a solid
sense of continuity. As he varied
his rhythms in pace-and genre
the transition was consistently
smooth, even and carefully
maintained.
BURTON OPENED the con-
cert with Chick Corea's "Sea
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Journey," which began with a
rapid drum solo by Danny Gott-
lieb and slowed as the melody
passed to Eberhard Weber on
the acoustic bass. Weber, billed
as Burton's "special guest," per-
formed with an obvious mastery
of the unusual instrument, pro-
ducing a wide range of sounds
and effects.
The next solo was by Mitch
Koodley on guitar, standing in
for Pat Metheny. Then Steve
Swallow, a long-time member
of Burton's band and an accom-
plished songwriter himself, took
over with a mean, low-pitched
solo on the electric bass.
Finally Burton grabbed the
melody, hammering out chords
and mellifluous runs with such
rapidity that it seemged as if
some unknown power must be
guiding his flying mallets to
the proper keys.
The second number, Carla
Bley's "Ojos de Gato," provided
a contrast with its distinctly
Spanish rhythm. Weber began
with a failing, low-pitched solo
on the acoustic bass with an im-
agistic quality that brought to
mind a red sun slowly sinking
over the distant horizon of a
Spanish beach.
The fourth number relied
heavily on the drums with an
uncharacteristically repetitious
beat, -which made the sound
about as close to actual rock
as Burton ever came.
NEXT BURTON soloed on the
vibraphone with a few soft runs
resembling strains from a lulla-
bye, which developed an in-
triguing melody. This number
was accepted most enthusiasti-
cally by the receptive audience.
The band returned for the next
number which began with their
most shining example of easy,
cooled-off jazz and rose in in-
tensity, reaching a highly ener-
getic peak. Following this num-
ber Burton stepped up to the
mike, introduced the band,
thanked the audience with hum-
ble, schoolboy charm and cut
for intermission. t
When the band returned they
began with Yellow Fields, one
of Weber's compositions. This
number highlighted Weber's tal-
ent for composing and perform-
ing dissonant third world jazz,
his own brand of which can be
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