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Gary Burton & Makoto Ozone: Farewell Tour

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Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017

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Gary Burton & Makoto Ozone

About Gary Burton & Makoto Ozone

“When Makoto Ozone was a student at the Berklee School of Music in 1981, he asked professor Gary Burton for private lessons. The poll-winning vibist was so impressed by the young pianist that he invited Ozone to join the Gary Burton Quartet. Since then the pianist’s youthful facility has gained a more mature sense of phrasing, and he has become a major jazz star in Japan.

Such a collaboration inevitably recalls Burton’s landmark duo recordings with Chick Corea, but Ozone has a very different touch than Corea: less Latin and percussive and more classical and fluid. Where Corea is likely to go for the exclamatory chord, Ozone is more likely to go for the quick, smooth arpeggio. Ozone and Burton both love to run through chord changes in brisk, yet seemingly relaxed phrases which manage to touch on most of the possible notes in any harmony. These seamless, graceful lines are often extended at great length and then traded off to the comping partner. One might wish for some dirty low notes or harsh chords to offset all this dizzying lyricism, but there’s no denying the duo’s superb command of jazz romanticism.” –Geoffrey Himes, Amazon

Gary Burton is easily the most influential vibraphonist of his generation and is one of the most unique jazz artists to have emerged in the last 50 years. Getting his start with George Shearing and Stan Getz, Burton has been recording under his own name for over 40 years, resulting in 6 Grammy Awards and 15 Grammy nominations, and countless awards from esteemed jazz publications. He also has a long history with the Berklee College of Music in Boston, spending 33 years at the school as instructor, Dean of Curriculum, and Executive Vice President.

Pianist Makoto Ozone taught himself to play the organ while very young, made his first television appearance at six, began performing regularly on Osaka Mainichi Broadcasting, and, after attending an Oscar Peterson concert at 12, turned his attention toward jazz piano. He moved to the United States in 1980 to study at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, and graduated at the top of his class in 1983 — the same year he gave a solo recital at Carnegie Hall and became the first Japanese musician to sign an exclusive contract with CBS. In addition to his classical performances, he has worked with Chick Corea, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Branford Marsalis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Christian McBride, and others.

What Other People Have Been Saying...

“piano and vibes trading phrases of dramatic rapidity… virtuoso performances” – Jazz Review

“thrilling, virtuosic and unabashedly personal”  – New York Times

“a richly tailored tandem performance… a dazzling display of varied styles and technique” – Variety