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Continued: Jazz's quiet man Gary Burton speaks out in a new book

  • Article by: PAMELA ESPELAND , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 29, 2013 - 6:30 PM

Days went by. I finally called my brother. Had he heard from them? Nothing. A week or more went by. Finally the phone rings and my mother says, “We got the notice there was a FedEx for us, and we thought it was a part we had ordered for the car. We just got your letter today.” They were fine, as I expected they would be.

 

Q: Looking back, what was your biggest risk?

A: Starting my own band. That’s the scariest moment in any musician’s career. Ask Herbie [Hancock], Chick [Corea], anybody — when you leave the safety of a successful band, a steady job with a lot of respect and stature, you step off onto this spongy cloud. You wonder, “Am I going to make it?” If you fail, it’s a long climb back before you get taken seriously again. I was 24 when I left Stan [Getz] and took the plunge. It was hard to leave because the music was at such a high level and we were playing every concert hall in the country. But Stan made it easy. He acted like a complete jerk.

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