23 January 1943, Anderson, Indiana, USA. After teaching himself to play piano Burton studied music formally before switching to the vibraphone. In 1960 he recorded with Hank Garland, a country guitarist, but then moved into jazz with a two-year stint at Berklee College Of Music, where he began an important musical association with Mike Gibbs. In 1963 he became a member of George Shearings group, following this with two years with Stan Getz. Later in the 60s, Burton formed his own small band, playing jazz rock and recording a number of fine albums, most notably the Carla Bley -penned A Genuine Tong Funeral (1967). Throughout the decade and on into the 70s, Burton led a succession of fine bands that included such musicians as Larry Coryell, Steve Swallow, Roy Haynes, Pat Metheny and Eberhard Weber. He was also teamed on record with Stéphane Grappelli, Carla Bley, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Peter Erskine and others. From 1971 Burton...
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