Duster (album)

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Duster
Studio album by Gary Burton Quartet
Released 1967
Recorded April 18–20, 1967
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 33:01
Label RCA
Producer Brad McCuen
Gary Burton chronology
Tennessee Firebird
(1966)
Duster
(1967)
Lofty Fake Anagram
(1967)

Duster is an album by vibraphonist Gary Burton recorded in 1967 and released on the RCA label.[1]

Duster is often considered to be one of the first jazz fusion albums.[2] Although it received mixed responses from critics, it peaked at number 15 on Billboards Top Jazz Albums.[3]

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars calling it "one of the first fusion records" and stating "Although Burton's basic sound had not changed during from the previous year, his openness toward other styles made his Quartet one of the most significant jazz groups of the period".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Mike Gibbs except as indicated

  1. "Ballet" – 4:54
  2. "Sweet Rain" – 4:24
  3. "Portsmouth Figurations" (Steve Swallow) – 3:03
  4. "General Mojo's Well Laid Plan" (Swallow) – 4:58
  5. "One, Two, 1-2-3-4" (Gary Burton, Larry Coryell) – 5:56
  6. "Sing Me Softly of the Blues" (Carla Bley) – 4:05
  7. "Liturgy" – 3:26
  8. "Response" (Burton) – 2:15
  • Recorded at RCA Victor's Studio B in New York City on April 18–20, 1967

Personnel[edit]

Chart history and ratings[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
Down Beat 5/5 stars[5]
MusicHound 3.5/5 stars[6]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 3/5 stars[6]
Jazzreview.com 4/5 stars[7]
Chart (1969) Peak
position[3]
U.S. Billboard Top Jazz Albums 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gary Burton discography accessed November 22, 2011
  2. ^ Fellezs 2011, p. 76.
  3. ^ a b Scott Yanow. "Allmusic –> Duster –> Charts & Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  4. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed November 22, 2011
  5. ^ Todd S. Jenkins. "Fusion". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  6. ^ a b "Gary Burton – Duster". acclaimedmusic.net. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  7. ^ Tim Niland. "Duster by Gary Burton". jazzreview.com. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  • Fellezs, Kevin; Ronald Radano, Josh Kun (2011). Birds of Fire: Jazz, Rock, Funk, and the Creation of Fusion (Refiguring American Music). Duke University Press Books. ISBN 978-0-8223-5047-7.