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#2853908 - 05/06/17 01:13 PM Just learned of Gary Burton's retirement
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From DownBeat / June 2K17

Jazz mallet player Gary Burton has performed his last concert &, apparently, made his last recordings.
Following several medical procedures relating to cardiac problems he found, after one that had him "lights out" for 1/2 hour, his previous sense of absolute pitch failing & some other cognitive probs so he decided to totally retire.

http://downbeat.com/news/detail/qa-with-gary-burton-a-fond-farewell

Some may already be aware of that; others, like me who haven't followed his career as closely may be taken by surprise.

So, no more of this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7BKXtMCuRM


This
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g895EWwv7H8


Or even this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU9qeXvTgiI
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#2853941 - 05/06/17 05:04 PM Re: Just learned of Gary Burton's retirement [Re: d]
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Yeah, that's too bad. I wish him well.

But THANK GOD we can still get the RECORDINGS! Of which I'm woefully short on. The laser in my CD player's damned near burned THROUGH my "Cool Nights" CD. grin
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#2853953 - 05/06/17 06:58 PM Re: Just learned of Gary Burton's retirement [Re: whitefang]
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That's strange -- I thought I had read an obit a few months ago. Must have simply been a story about the heart problems. Glad he's still with us!

Also good to see he's touring with Makoto Ozone, who is my favourite of his collaborators (next up being Chick Corea). I'll have to look at the calendar to see if I can make one of the rare 12 concerts in his farewell tour.
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#2854013 - 05/07/17 07:56 AM Re: Just learned of Gary Burton's retirement [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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One has to ask why a sense of absolute pitch is critical to a vibes player?
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#2854064 - 05/07/17 12:19 PM Re: Just learned of Gary Burton's retirement [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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Originally Posted By: Mark Schmieder
That's strange -- I thought I had read an obit a few months ago. Must have simply been a story about the heart problems. Glad he's still with us!

Also good to see he's touring with Makoto Ozone, who is my favourite of his collaborators (next up being Chick Corea). I'll have to look at the calendar to see if I can make one of the rare 12 concerts in his farewell tour.


Tour's already over.
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#2854065 - 05/07/17 12:21 PM Re: Just learned of Gary Burton's retirement [Re: Scott Fraser]
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Originally Posted By: Scott Fraser
One has to ask why a sense of absolute pitch is critical to a vibes player?


Well, even quicker note recognition---after all, even though he didn't need to tweek the pitches when playing vibes, etc, he hadda hear what was on a recording or what another player was doing.

This may also apply: when many players w/absolute pitch sense begin losing it (whether from age or other probs) their general sense of pitch becomes confusing to them.
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#2854078 - 05/07/17 12:54 PM Re: Just learned of Gary Burton's retirement [Re: d]
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Originally Posted By: d
Originally Posted By: Scott Fraser
One has to ask why a sense of absolute pitch is critical to a vibes player?


Well, even quicker note recognition---after all, even though he didn't need to tweek the pitches when playing vibes, etc, he hadda hear what was on a recording or what another player was doing.

This may also apply: when many players w/absolute pitch sense begin losing it (whether from age or other probs) their general sense of pitch becomes confusing to them.


Very valid, but I'd say the first is a matter where relative pitch is more crucial than absolute pitch, i.e. you need to know what note another player is playing, but not whether it's really in tune. In the second instance, maybe he's just no longer hearing how others are voicing chords, etc, & feels he can't respond optimally.
Whatever the case, he has had a stellar & respected career, & one has to respect the fact that he is stopping before he becomes incapable of playing well at all.
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#2854080 - 05/07/17 01:07 PM Re: Just learned of Gary Burton's retirement [Re: Scott Fraser]
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That's the way I read it from the DBeat story, which you prolly read by now, too.
Plus he's been working & teaching for decades, maybe he just wants some relaxed enjoyment before his health declines further.

I wonder, though, if he might get itchy & "make some more of what he's here for".

Here's where to keep track = http://www.garyburton.com/
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#2854167 - 05/08/17 04:30 AM Re: Just learned of Gary Burton's retirement [Re: d]
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I'm sure he'll keep playing, but not performing if doing so comes with any risk.
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