Label: Pure Audiophile – PA003 – 180 gram Virgin Vinyl
AAA 100% Analogue – Half Speed Mastering by Stan Ricker
1st Time on Vinyl – Numbered Limited Edition – Pressed at RTI
TAS Audiophile Demo Disc!
For the first time available on vinyl is “Like Minds”, the Grammy winner from 1999 in the category “Best Instrumental Jazz Album”.
Gary Burton has assembled his “dream band” for Like Minds. With his former protege Pat Metheny, duet partner Chick Corea, favorite drummer Roy Haynes and legendary bassist Dave Holland, Burton has formed an ensemble of staggering proportions. Giants all, this is more than a collection of “all-stars;” it is a cohesive entity. The music is performed as if by one mind and soul with five equal divisions.
Stan Ricker mastered in Half-speed method of the original 2-track master tapes, electroplating and pressure were made at RTI.
Though Burton is not the most prolific composer, prove his own works “Country Roads” and the title track, that he is a master of his craft. As an additional bonus is demonstrated with Gershwin’s “Soon”, which can make these variables from an old standard. Corea’s fast “Straight Up And Down” provides the rapid completion of this wonderful session.
Talk about all-star groups — this quintet date matches together vibraphonist Gary Burton with pianist Chick Corea, guitarist Pat Metheny, bassist Dave Holland, and drummer Roy Haynes. Burton and Corea have recorded frequently through the years, while Metheny gained some early fame working with Burton; Holland was with Corea in Miles Davis’ late-’60s group, and Haynes was formerly with both Burton and Corea. However, not all of these musicians had played together before — Corea had never worked with Metheny previously, nor Burton with Holland. No matter, the masterful players fit together quite well. The vibraphonist is the lead voice in the ensembles, where Metheny at times sounds close to Jim Hall and seems a bit restrained, but everyone gets a chance to contribute to the success of the CD. Metheny contributed five songs (including “Question and Answer” and “Elucidation,” which deserves to be a standard), while Burton brought in two; Corea’s three contributions include his classic “Windows.” The lone standard is George Gershwin’s “Soon.” The music is modern straight-ahead jazz; the solos are concise and the rhythm section is quite tight. In fact, this sounds like a regularly working band. Highly recommended.
Produced by Gary Burton
Executive Producer: Glen Barros
Recorded & Mixed by James Farber