Two Boston Globe reviews for “Learning to Listen”
We’re following the buzz about Learning to Listen.
Sept. 7th, The Boston Globe:
“Don’t call us, we’ll call you.” Those were the words from jazz superstar Stan Getz to aspiring young vibes player Gary Burton after a dispiriting live audition. He got the job anyway. That led to three tumultuous years in which Burton acted as the band’s music director while also being a de facto handler for Getz, negotiating the mercurial player’s alcohol binges and complicated family life, and traveling around the word from one storied gig to the next.
The Getz years are just a fraction of the new autobiography, “Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton” (Berklee Press).
– Read the full review by Jon Garelick.
Sept. 4th, The Boston Globe:
In the mid-1980s, Gary Burton was just entering middle age, but he’d had experiences as a jazz player to fill several lifetimes. Duke Ellington had treated him with kindness, Milt Jackson with suspicion, Miles Davis with a death threat. He’d endured the mercurial tendencies of Stan Getz, in whose band he played in the 1960s and who, like so many, fought the battle between creative genius and substance abuse.
Burton’s memoir, “Learning to Listen,” tells these stories and situates its author’s own major contributions in jazz’s history.
– Read the full review by Siddhartha Mitter