Gary Burton

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Gary Burton (born January 23, 1943, Anderson, Indiana) is an American jazz vibraphonist. Burton developed a pianistic style of four-mallet technique as an alternative to the prevailing two-mallet technique. This approach caused Burton to be heralded as an innovator and his sound and technique are widely imitated.[1] He is also known for pioneering fusion jazz and popularizing the duet format in jazz, as well as being a major figure in jazz education due to his 30 years at the Berklee College of Music.

Burton has played with a wide variety of jazz musicians, including Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Makoto Ozone, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, B.B. King, Tommy Smith, John Scofield

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