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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

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