The record that set the bar higher for orchestral jazz, Gary Burton’s Seven Songs for Quartet and Chamber Orchestra has been reissued after being mastered from the original analog recordings.
Originally released in 1973, the record featured vibraharp player Burton, with jazz bassist extraordinaire Steve Swallow, guitarist Michael Goodrick, drummer Ted Seibs, and the NDR-Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Gibbs, who also composed the music inspired by composers like Charles Ives.
The record’s reissue is part of ECM Records’ Re:Solutions series, in which historical jazz titles are re-released. All the Re:Solutions records are, like Seven Songs, mastered from the original analog sources and available as 180-gram vinyl albums, CDs, and high-res downloads.
Another record in the series is the Miroslav Vitous Group’s self-titled record from 1980, the second of three albums produced by the group led by bassist Vitous. The album features the classic, “When Face Gets Pale.” The band also included saxophonist and bass clarinet player John Surman, Kenny Kirkland on piano and Jon Christensen on drums.
Seven Songs for Quartet and Chamber Orchestra is available on CD, vinyl and digital formats (iTunes and Amazon MP3). Miroslav Vitous Group is also available on the same formats — CD, vinyl and digital formats (iTunes and Amazon MP3).
Seven Songs for Quartet and Chamber Orchestra Track List:
- Nocturne Vulgaire / Arise, Her Eyes
- By Way Of A Preface
- The Rain Before It Falls
Miroslav Vitous Group Track List:
- When Face Gets Pale
- Second Meeting
- Number Six
- Inner Peace
- Sleeping Beauty