Gary Burton & Makoto Ozone – Face to Face (Full Album)

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“This set of duets between vibraphonist Gary Burton and pianist Makoto Ozone is a bit of a surprise, not the quiet and introverted date one might expect but a consistently exciting outing. The duo (who first started working together back in 1982) clearly inspires each other and a lot of sparks fly. The music ranges from three of Ozone’s diverse originals and Astor Piazzola’s “Laura’s Romance” to a pair of Thelonious Monk tunes, a few standards and a romping version of the Benny Goodman-associated “Opus Half”; on the latter Ozone plays some creditable stride piano. More than half of the selections are taken at medium-to-fast tempos and, whether it be “Blue Monk,” a memorable version of Jobim’s “O Grande Amor” or a heated rendition of Steve Swallow’s “Eiderdown,” this is a highly enjoyable outing, one of Burton’s finest of the past decade.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic.

Track listing:
1 Kate’s Revenge (Makoto Ozone) 7:07
2 Monk’s Dream (Thelonious Monk) 5:08
3 For Heaven’s Sake (Don Meyer, Elise Bretton, Sherman Edwards) 7:21
4 Bento Box (Makoto Ozone) 6:01
5 Blue Monk (Thelonious Monk) 6:50
6 O Grande Amor (Antonio Carlos Jobim) 6:11
7 Laura’s Dream (Astor Piazzolla) 10:04
8 Opus Half (Benny Goodman) 5:19
9 My Romance (Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart) 6:00
10 Times Like These (Makoto Ozone) 6:25
11 Eiderdown (Steven Swallow) 5:59

Makoto Ozone – piano
Gary Burton – vibraphone


Label: GRP ‎– GRP 98052
Format: CD, Album
Released: March 14, 1995
Recorded: October 31, 1994 – November 1, 1994
Studio: Mad Hatter Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Duration: 01:12:25