Welcome to Feature Fridays! Every week, the AU music library staff will be highlighting a different CD or artist from our collection.
This week, Student Assistant Ryan Jacobs will review Like Minds by Gary Burton with Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Roy Haynes, and Dave Holland.
Like Minds is a jazz supergroup album featuring Gary Burton on vibraphone, Chick Corea on piano, Pat Metheny on guitar, Roy Haynes on drums, and Dave Holland on bass. Each musician is a legend in their own right, having worked with Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Lester Young, and many others between the five of them.
The liner booklet contains a recollection of the recording process from Burton’s perspective. It is an insightful look at how the album came together and the mutual respect between the musicians, and was a very interesting read. It recounts the initial conceptualization of the album and how each of the musicians brought in some of the best songs; each wrote at least one new one specifically for this project.
The album showcases the group’s immense musical skill and mastery of jazz, and I would like to highlight the opening track, which sets up the rest of the album perfectly. Metheny’s “Question and Answer” is a melodic masterpiece showcasing Burton and Corea, and demonstrates the guitarist’s compositional ability.
The entire record is filled with first-rate ensemble skill, composition, and improvisation, and I strongly recommend anyone interested in experiencing true jazz masters display their craft check this album out immediately.