Part of the Touchstone series
As well as being the great vibes innovator of the era, Gary Burton has been a most astute talent scout. In 1973, The New Quartet introduced Abraham Laboriel: this was the first recording of the bassist who would shortly become one of the most in-demand session players across all genres.
“It must be emphasised that Laboriel sounds like a major artist in the making with his astonishing bass work,” wrote Melody Maker. Guitarist Mick Goodrick also emerged as a player to watch with this album, shining in a well-conceived programme with compositions of Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Carla Bley, Mike Gibbs and bandleader Burton.
Personnel: Gary Burton (vibraphone); Mick Goodrick (guitar); Abraham Laboriel (bass); Harry Blazer (drums)
Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly / Coral / Tying Up Loose Ends / Brown-Out / Olhos De Gato / Mallet Man / Four Or Less / Nonsequence
ECM Touchstone 6743115