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|Gary Burton, Makoto Ozone|
Face to Face
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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 Ga... more »
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. They reunite for their first unaccompanied duo album, Face to Face. 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. They tackle two Thelonious Monk tunes, three Ozone originals, South American numbers by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Astor Piazzolla, standards by Rodgers & Hart and Benny Goodman, and Steve Swallow's "Eiderdown." 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
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zimri-lim | London, England | 10/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Vibes and Piano. Does this sound like a recipe for an involving Jazz production? No, perhaps not... but hold on a moment. When the musicians are at this level perhaps we should consider what they could achieve together.On listening to this I was struck by a number of things. First off what a great sound these two make together - while these instruments may sound rather similar they are used together to create a vivid and full sound. Burton and Ozone work a great deal together, even touring as a duo, and it shows here. Secondly, the quality of musicianship is impeccable and thirdly, the compositions are particularly strong - see the selections which Ozone contributed. This man is a skilled composer and a name to look out for.After a while I found myself playing this on my Hi Fi more than just about any other CD I own and after a while realised that this was actually one of my favourites. It sort of crept up on me!Another thing is that the sound quality is superb and it is a very intimate recording: you feel in the presence of the musicians.All in all I rate this CD very highly and have no hesitation in giving it five stars. Recommended."
A record in search of wider auidence !
Hiram Gomez Pardo | Valencia, Venezuela | 03/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
This is simply a fascinating compilation of magisterial arrangements from the most diverse inspirational sources. The memorable personality of Gary Burton is a true driving force all through the record. He knows to emphasize a special feature to any song he performs, giving it a special taste. From Benny Goodman to Astor Piazzolla ; from Thelonius Monk to Antonio Carlos Jobim, Burton demonstrates why he is a real orchestra man, and well supported by his partner. Filled of visceral emotion, sensual flair, enraptured playing and fabulous rhythms.
This album has to be a must-have for you and all those who want explore the new paths of the jazz. Recorded in Oct. 31 and Nov 1 1994.
Face to Face makes a great christmas present
kcridgewood | radnor, pa United States | 12/26/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album is a great expression of how dedicated Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone really are to music. Youi will definitely like this album if you like jazz and tango. I am a percussionist myself and found this album intriguing. Musician or not this album is fun and inspiring."