Gary Burton New Quartet


For this vibraphonist and veteran bandleader, blending the whimsical and the weighty is old hat; he’s been bringing his singular elan to deeply thoughtful tunes since the ‘60s. The new Common Ground is all about exquisite interplay and catchy melodies. The light atmosphere of the vibes and guitar is balanced by the sage rhythm section’s engaging churn, although perhaps some of that polish will be forfeited to gods of aggression on stage.

Wed., Sept. 21, 8 & 10:30 p.m.; Thu., Sept. 22, 8 & 10:30 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 23, 8 & 10:30 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 24, 8 & 10:30 p.m., 2011