Gary Burton Biography
Gary Burton (born on January 23, 1943 in Anderson, Indiana) is a jazz vibraphone player, known for developing the then-innovative technique of playing the instrument with four mallets, rather than the usual two.
He studied with Herb Pomeroy at the Berklee College of Music, where he met the composer and arranger Michael Gibbs, with whom he subsequently collaborated frequently.
Burton, who released his debut album in 1961 at the age of 18, spent the early parts of his career playing with George Shearing and then in Stan Getz's piano-less mid-sixties quartet.
In the late sixties, he assembled like-minded players for a series of electric sessions that melded jazz elements with rock and blues. Burton's album Duster (with guitarist Larry Coryell, bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Roy Haynes) is regarded by a minority of jazz critics to be the first jazz-rock fusion album, as it predates Miles Davis' In A Silent Way by two years.
He has been on the staff of Berklee since 1971, most recently serving as Executive Vice President since 1996.
He has recorded with Makoto Ozone, Carla Bley, Chick Corea, Stephane Grappelli, Jon Weber and Ástor Piazzolla, among others. Burton has led his own groups as well, and was the first major jazz figure to feature guitarist Pat Metheny. John Scofield, Ralph Towner, Mick Goodrick, and Julian Lage have also played guitar with Burton.
Over the years, he has been nominated for 12 Grammy Awards out of which he has won 5: