Thursday, May 21, 2015

Gary Burton - Dreams So Real

Performing the intricate music of Carla Bley is no mean feat, but if anyone is up for the challenge, it would be vibraphonist Gary Burton. Signifying a high watermark in his career in the mid-'70s, Dreams So Real teams Burton with his fellow professor at the Berklee College of Music Mick Goodrick, along with recently graduated student Pat Metheny. Add the peerless electric bass guitarist Steve Swallow and always proficient drummer Bob Moses, and you have the makings of a short-lived supergroup capable of playing Bley's memorable, melancholy music. While generally regarded as one of many Burton/Metheny pairings, it is Goodrick's individualism (it was he who primarily tutored Metheny) that needs more recognition. With Goodrick on electric six-string and Metheny on electric 12-string guitar, the sonorities they establish allow Burton to freely discourse on Bley's prickly angular melodies. The brittle and fractured combo track "Ictus/Syndrome" — closer to a three-piece suite — goes from a frantic neo-bop meter to straight-ahead swing with a clearly inspired Burton rambling into the bright signature rondo sound that Metheny and Swallow have always owned. "Syndrome" might also be familiar to Bley's fans as "Wrong Key Donkey." "Doctor" merges the vibes and guitars into a guided prognosis of hypertension within slowly elevated blood pressure levels. "Intermission Music," inspired by golden age films, is a beautiful waltz vehicle for the guitars rhythmically, and for Swallow and Moses melodically. With the bandmembers at their most passionate, the title track is a lighthearted but cerebral ballad, "Vox Humana" a simplified tango, while "Jesus Maria" evokes the delicate epic strains of Bley's personalized sound with Burton playing it alone. While the singing sound of Metheny is in its infant stages, it is easily recognizable and clearly realized. Generally regarded as one of Burton's top three recorded dates, it has stood the test of time. Perhaps some day, a complete collection of the vibist playing Carla Bley's many other compositions can be compiled to complement this surface-scratching but very important album.
Michael G. Nastos

Source :

Gary Burton
Dreams So Real
Music of Carla Bley


1 Dreams So Real  6:25
2 Ictus/Syndrome  10:27
3 Jesus Maria  3:50
4 Vox Humana  7:04
5 Doctor  4:17
6 Intermission Music  6:29

All Compositions by Carla Bley

Gary Burton - vb
Mick Goodrick - g
Pat Metheny - g
Steve Swallow - b
Bob Moses - dr

Recorded at Studio Bauer, Ludwigsburg ; December 1975


Heervee said...

GB: A real thanks for this gary Burton, post, I love him, I love ECM and I love Mick Goodrick, It can't be better.
Thank you

PlantDoctor53 said...

Bonjour Mel. Merci beaucoup.

Kovina Kris said...

Very nice. Thank you so much.

reservatory said...

Thanks for this one, and welcome back. For awhile, I thought this valuable site was gone with the wind...

adakun said...

Por fin puedo entrar a este maravilloso blog, por un momento pense que todo se habia ido al traste. Muchas gracias por todo y te deseo lo mejor para seguir en la batalla.

Chris said...

Thanks Mel got this with others on ECM vinyl nice to have a digital copy.

fcapeau said...

many thanks, Mel, for this beautiful post ! What an atmosphere !!!

Melanchthon said...



Tom+Jerry said...

thanks mel!
gary martinez: you need the program 7-Zip to unzip the files, then the suggested PW

footman said...

Thank you.

rowgatien said...

Thank you!

Karl K said...

What is the password to extract the album, please?