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July 26, 1978 - Image 8

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Page 8-Wednesday, July 26, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Burton:Is 'pleasant' enough?
(Continued from Page 5)

BURTON'S playing Monday showed
a lot of the lyricism of Corea's piano
playing - no accident, considering
their long history of fruitful
collaboration. Throughout the show at
the Earle, however, it was the sound of
another contemporary pianist that
dominated Burton's solos: Keith
Plaving Jarrett's "In Your Ouiet

created purely by Burton for the
Here was the best handling of Bur-
ton's style. Alternating with and
parallel to those bright chords, Burton
would introduce a succinct melody
which would be circularly repeated but
changed each time, broken and opened
up perpetually without even a quick
glimpse back at the starting point.

Place" on his vibraphone sans his band, USING THOSE rich, pastoral strokes
Burton did his best work, sounding that Jarrett does so well, Burton's "In
beautifully dense chords which rose Your Quiet Place" was one of the
and fell while he chimed convoluted highlights of the show.
thematic variations. Although it Another highlight came in the song
greatly bore the mark of Jarrett's that followed "Place," another Keith
work, it was also infused with effects Jarrett song whose title was obliterated
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by the babblings of some CBer.After a
plain solo by Burton and a mixed-up one
by Japanese trumpeter Tiger Okoshi,
the drummer ripped into a mostly won-
derfully humorous solo. Springing from
one tempo to another and wildly jux-
taposing odd rhythms, drummer Moses
at first sounded as dangerous and as
gleeful as a madman. After a while the
energy wore down and he employed
campy gimmickry to elicit laughs, but
all in all it was funny and exciting.
THE BAND ,consisted of Moses,
trumpeter Okoshi, and electric bassist
Steve Swallow, all of whom played
competently, but hardly seemed in-
terested in meshing with each other.
Okoshi possessed an irritatingly fat,'
muddy sound masquerading as rich
And while he exhibited some in-
teresting chops on bass, Swallow only

let loose once, on a duet with Burton in
one of the songs of the second half.
There was nothing. wrong with the
Burton band - so why do I feel like
building a fire under his vibes, in hopes
that he and the whole band might play
with a little vitality,a little vigor? They
were good, I suppose, but less than in-
teresting or important. Perhaps less of
an eye for the pretty, and more of one
for swing and intensity is in order.
The 16-century Italian musical
theorist Ludovico Zacconi, an
Augustinian monk; earned his
reputation from one great work, the
"Prattica di Musica Utile et Necessaria
si al Compositore ... si Anco al Can-
tore,"-one of the three standard works
of theory from the Polyphonic period of

Uneven Encounters'
at Meadow Brook
(Cntinued from Page 5)
that his muzak tendencies overpowered oom-pa-pa which, while admittedly
the pieces. The Star Trek theme had an giving it a sprightly beat, would have
been more at home at a skating rink
than a concert.
Danube," which bears a tenuous con-
nection to celestial matters via its ap-

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