Gary Burton, Julian Lage, Antonio Sanchez, and Scott Colley | SPACE | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Gary Burton, Julian Lage, Antonio Sanchez, and Scott Colley All Ages Agenda Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended

When: Sun., Oct. 2, 6 & 9 p.m. 2011

Though vibraphonist Gary Burton formed his first quartet more than 40 years ago, there's a fresh, tensile energy on his latest four-piece effort, Common Ground (Mack Avenue). His new band, only active for a year, features terrific, distinctive musicians decades younger than Burton—and they've clearly invigorated him. Guitarist Julian Lage, drummer Antonio Sanchez, and bassist Scott Colley mirror the instrumentation of Burton's first band, and their sunny improvisations, often tinged by the tunefulness of rock and country, get a quicksilver edginess from Sanchez and Colley's playing. Burton favors a clean, crisp attack, which combines with Lage's acoustic lines to create contrapuntally rich themes and slaloming unison passages, shaped with generous warmth and pinpoint precision. And though there are vestiges of the fusion the vibraphonist once embraced, these players are uninterested in the grandstanding that often comes with that genre—they focus on generating an ensemble sound and playing concise, meaningful solos. —Peter Margasak

Price: $25-$48

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