Gary Burton Resource Guide: Part Two

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BookChattr is in full swing and I hope you are enjoying reading the book. As you know, we are reading Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton: An Autobiography by Gary Burton. This post will discuss chapters 3-9 and will include listening examples as mentioned in the book.

Chapters 3 – 5 take place in Gary’s early years (around 1959 – 1962). He continues to talk about growing up in Indiana and starting college at the Berklee School of Music. Chapters 6 – 9 are the beginning of the section marked “Apprenticeship” and include his move to New York (when he meets Joe Morello), his time with George Shearing and then Stan Getz. I am enjoying reading about his experiences and lessons he is learning at a very young age.

“Sometimes, we play because we really want to play; sometimes we play as a favor for another musician; and sometimes, it’s just because we need the money. Despite countless hours of practice and concentration to elevate our art, we all too often have to put that aside because of circumstances.” – Gary Burton [Chapter 4, pg. 48-9]

Below, you will find the listening resources. I am also going to put together a Spotify playlist and I will add a link to it on this post. If you find something that is not correct or missing, please let me know.

Chapter 3: The Local Scene
The Nashville All-Stars – After the Riot at Newport


Chapter 4: College Bound
No musical examples

Chapter 5: New Adventure
New Vibe Man in Town (1961) [Gary’s First Album as a Leader] – Selections

“Joy Spring”

“So Many Things”

Part II. Apprenticeship

Chapter 6: “Autumn in New York”
Who is Gary Burton? – Selections [with Clark Terry (trumpet), Bob Brookmeyer (valve trombone), Phil Woods (alto sax), Gary Burton (vibraphone), Tommy Flanagan (piano), John Neves (bass), Chris Swansen (drums)]


“I’ve Just Seen Her”

Chapter 7: On the Job Training, Part One

George Shearing Quintet – September in the Rain

George Shearing Jazz Concert – Not Available

Chapter 8: The West Coast Scene

Harry Partch – Genesis of a Music

George Shearing Quintet – J.S. Bop

George Shearing Quintet – Out of the Woods

Gary Burton Something’s Coming – Selection

Chapter 9: On the Job Training, Part Two

Jazz Samba with the Charlie Byrd Trio – Selection

Stan Getz Focus

Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto Getz/Gilberto (1963)

Getz Au Go Go (1964) – Selection

The Hanged Man (Movie – First broadcast November 18, 1964)
This was the second made-for-tv movie shown on U.S. television.

“The Girl from Ipanema”

“Only Trust Your Heart”

Get Yourself A College Girl

“The Girl From Ipanema”

“Sweet Rain” – Not Available

Bob Brookmeyer and Friends

The Groovy Sound of Music – Not Available

A Genuine Tong Funeral

Gary Burton Resource Guide: Part One

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BookChattr is starting soon. Come join the DrumChattr community and read Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton: An Autobiography by Gary Burton. I started the book last week and I am really enjoy it. The style of writing is conversational and the information is informative and insightful. As I was reading the first couple of chapters, I starting think about how I would like to listen to the pieces Gary talks about in the book. So I decided to put together a resource guide (similar to the Steve Schick Listening Guide Part 1 & Part 2 that I compiled when we read his book). While some of these recordings are probably not the exact recordings Mr. Burton heard, I wanted to familiarize you with the pieces. If there is something I missed or if there is another version we should listen to, please leave your comments below and I will add them to the post.


Unfortunately, the 1994 Fresh Air interview is not available. The only NPR interview was recorded on May 8, 2004. Gary Burton Steps Down, Out

Part 1: Early Years

Chapter 1: What is a Vibraphone?

Twelfth Street Rag (Performed by Pee Wee Hunt & his Orchestra 1948)

Way Down Yonder in New Orleans – Al Jolson (Played on a Victrola)

Bye Bye Blues (Performed by Les Paul and Mary Ford)

Chapter 2: “After You’ve Gone”

After You’ve Gone (Benny Goodman Sextet 1945)

After You’ve Gone (Eddie Daniels & Gary Burton Quintet Live in Bern, May 1994)

Memories of You (Performed by Lionel Hampton 1939)

Flying Home (Performed Live by Lionel Hampton 1957)

Kind of Blue Miles Davis 1959

BookChattr 2014 is here!

BookChattr 2014 is here!

We are excited to announce the 4th Annual BookChattr 2014. This year we will be reading Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton: An Autobiography by Gary Burton.

A seven time Grammy Award winner, Gary Burton was born in 1943 and raised in Indiana. He taught himself to play the vibraphone and, at the age of 17, made his recording debut in Nashville, Tennessee, with guitarists Hank Garland and Chet Atkins. In the 1970s, Burton began his music education career with Berklee College of Music in Boston. Burton began as a teacher of percussion and improvisation at Berklee in 1971. In 1985 he was named Dean of Curriculum. In 1989, he received an honorary doctorate of music from the college, and in 1996, he was appointed Executive Vice President, responsible for overseeing the daily operation of the college.41mnkXH5h2L._SL500_AA300_

Why this book? It has been a while since we have read an autobiography (The Percussionist’s Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams – Steven Schick). Mr. Burton’s new book has been receiving a lot of critical acclaim and I thought our community would enjoy reading it.

Starting July 1st, we’ll read a few chapters a week. Each week, we will be putting up summaries and discussion points for the chapters. (Please use the link above to purchase your book. If you use this link, you will help support DrumChattr.)

After we finish the book, we will put together a Google Hangout to talk about the book. I am also going to email Mr. Burton and see if he will join us for an interview. Thanks and enjoy the book!

DrumChattr Google Hangout 11/1/13

It has been a while since we had a “podcast” so Tom and Dave decided to sit down and talk about BookChattr 2013 and PASIC 2013. What did you think about Jeff Jarvis’ Public Parts? Are you going to PASIC? What are you looking forward to checking out?

Be sure to follow Tom (@tburritt), Dave (@dgerhart) and DrumChattr (@drumchattr) on Twitter for an announcement about a DrumChattr hang at PASIC.

Would you be interested in having more Google Hangouts? Leave comments below and let us know.


BookChattr #6 – Public Parts

Today we finish the chapter highlights from our summer Bookchattr series of Jeff Jarvis’ Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live. We will be announcing the date for the Google Hangout with Jeff Jarvis soon. Stay tuned!

In the final two chapters, “By the People” and “The New World,” Jarvis begins by talking about the government and the important question, who is going to protect publicness? He closes the book with his set of principles about publicness. Don’t forget that even though this book was written and published in 2011, he continues to write about publicness on his blog, Buzz Machine and appears weekly on TWiG: “This Week in Google” on the TWiT Network. (As a side note, I would highly recommend that you check out last week’s episode of TWiG featured a brief interview with Bruce Schneier, an expert in security and security technology).

“Government should be open by default, secret by necessity. Instead, too much of government is secret by default, public by force.”(pg. 221, EBook, Public Parts)

In “By the People,” Jarvis starts to investigate obstacles to publicness. He summaries different ways that the government is being “held accountable,” primarily by WikiLeaks and through the writings of Clay Shirky, Lawrence Lessig and Micah Sifry. (Public Parts was obiously written before PRISM and Edward Snowden). According to Clay Shirky, “in an organization any given secret is as secure as the most adverse cost-benefit calculation by the least committed user.” More simply, “Bruce Schneier states ‘Secrets are only as secure as the least-trusted person who knows them.” (pg. 222, EBook, Public Parts). This is hardly new information. Just think our your younger sibling… But, with sources like Wikileaks, we can begin to hold our governments accountable for their actions. This transparency and cooperation is described in Beth Noveck Wiki Government where she describes her ideas about “collaborative democracy”. Do you think her structure of collaboration would work? Do you agree with her that transparency, identifying problems, convening parties to address problems, identifying solutions, and executing will help strengthen our society and our communities?

In the final chapter “Who Will Protect Publicness”, Jarvis arrives at his “Principles of Publicness.” Some of his principles include the right to connect, speak, assemble, and to act.

As we face epochal change, it is fine and necessary to ask what could go wrong and to guard against our worst-case fears. But it is also vital that we recognize new opportunities, envisioning the sort of society we can build upon an ethic of sharing…The choices are ours. The shape of our new world is up to us, the public.” (pg. 249, EBook, Public Parts).

So there it is. Jeff Jarvis’ Public Parts has been a great read this summer. I have been thinking a lot about how I can implement the concepts Jeff has talked about in this book. What are some of the ways you are going to be more public? Do you agree with Jeff’s “Principles of Publicness?” Leave your comments below. We will be interviewing Jeff Jarvis soon so please send us any questions you would like to ask him during our Google Hangout.

Bookchattr #5: Jeff Jarvis Public Parts

Today we continue our summer Bookchattr series with Jeff Jarvis’ Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live. We are getting close to the end, but you can still join in! We will be announcing the date for the Google Hangout with Jeff Jarvis soon. Stay tuned!

In these next two chapters, “The Sharing Industry” and “The Radically Public Company”, Jarvis looks at the business sector and theorizes about how industries and companies could embrace a more public way of doing things. Why might businesses reap rewards for living more publicly? As he quotes entrepreneur Sam Lessin, Jarvis suggests that this new economy tilts toward publicness.

“Privacy was once free. Publicity was once ridiculously expensive, now the opposite is true: You have to pay in a mix of cash, time, social capital, etc. if you want privacy.”

The author rightly admits that there is money to be made in the business of protecting privacy but he argues much more money is to be made in publicness, in building platforms that fuel sharing. Jarvis then cites key platform builders such as Evan Williams (Blogger and twitter) and others and discusses each’s impact on recent “sharing” platforms that have developed on the web.

As I look at our industry I think about websites like the Vic Firth Education Resource Center, which offers a lot of educational content. That is sharing publicly. Vic’s web strategy, based partially on sharing, has really gained mind share with those in our field. While this is a good example, I keep thinking that there are other companies who could do so much more. Could it be possible to crowd source ideas for the ideal snare drum? What about building a marimba AFTER requesting feedback and polling potential buyers? Or, because it would scale better, how about designing a vibe mallet line and name it after the community (a companies web site) that offered the background and information to build it. After designing my mallets with Malletech I greatly underestimated what was involved. And, I learned a TON. I think that would appeal to a community and would really build that companies mind share.

Jarvis closes out this chapter with a fundamental change he thinks has happened to all businesses as a result. It’s the idea that in this new age the power has shifted more toward the consumer. To adapt to this shift companies, as a way to survive and even prosper, should wield the social and connection possibilities that now exist through platforms such as facebook, twitter, blogging platforms and their own web sites. By living out in public they are able to engage the power of the consumer.

The clearest lesson of the social web is that people want relationships with people, not with brands, spokesman, rules, robots, voice mails, machines, or algorithms. Social tools permit even big companies to return to the days of doing business over the cracker barrel, eye to eye, with familiarity and knowledge of each customer and her needs.

In “The Radically Public Company” Jarvis get radical. He suggests that a radically public company might just be able to eliminate advertising, relying on customers to sell products for them. While much of what Jarvis suggests in this chapter is idealistic at best the principles are intriguing. Could a company be profitable and sustainable as a result of leading not only a company but a community? a movement? or a mission? This model would suggest profitability as a result of sharing and leading a community not merely building a product.

And which company would you rather be: the one that has no relationship with its customers – unless they’re angry – or the one that works with its customers to make better products?

There is a lot more to this chapter than I’ve been able to write about. But, if you are a member of a business I would recommend reading this chapter carefully. There may be a huge opportunity for someone who is able to do it in our field effectively for the first time.

Jarvis closes with a brief summary of how education is sharing more publicly. Can’t wait to ask him more about this in our google hang out! And, for next we’ll shoot for the finish line and read till the end. Stay tuned for our live hangout with the author!

Many of you out there are in the business sector. What are your thoughts about these two chapters? Has your company embraced any of these concepts? Please do share below.

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