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Six Pack (Gary Burton album)

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Six Pack
Studio album by
RecordedOctober 10, 1991 – April 25, 1992
StudioPower Station Studios (NYC)
Triad Studios, Seattle, WA, October 10, 1991
GenreJazz fusion
LabelGRP GRP-9685
ProducerGary Burton, Pat Metheny, Will Lee
Gary Burton chronology
Cool Nights
Six Pack
It's Another Day
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Six Pack is a 1992 studio album by American jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton.[2]


Daniel Gioffre of Allmusic wrote "Gary Burton's peculiar connection and affinity for great guitarists is a proven historical fact, as he has been responsible for bringing such fantastic musicians to the world stage as Larry Coryell and Pat Metheny. On Six Pack, he joins with six different six-stringers for some decidedly varied modern jazz. Kurt Rosenwinkel makes like Metheny on the first track, the up-tempo Mitch Forman composition "Anthem." Any predictability to the song disappears in the presence of the rhythm section of Jack DeJohnette, Steve Swallow, and Mulgrew Miller. One doesn't generally think of the vibes as a blues instrument, and to be fair, it's really not, but Burton gives it the old college try on the title track, where his vibes intersect surprisingly well with Bob Berg's tenor sax and B.B. King's guitar. There is absolutely nothing weighty about this song at all, but it is fun and swinging nevertheless (who says jazz has to be serious all the time?). John Scofield also shows up on the track, and his distinctive tone and phrasing work perfectly in this setting. Other selections include such notables as Jim Hall, Ralph Towner, and Kevin Eubanks, and all of their contributions are solid in their own way. One sometimes wishes that this record was a little less GRP, with Larry Goldings' keyboards and Berg's sax being the most frequent offenders, but there are plenty of hot moments on Six Pack that make this record worth searching out, especially for fans of jazz guitar. Where else will listeners find all of these great players on a single record?"

Track listing

1."Anthem"Mitchel Forman5:09
2."Six Pack"Gary Burton6:18
3."Summertime"George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward5:40
4."Jack's Theme"Dave Grusin6:12
5."Lost Numbers"Al Forman4:26
6."Double Guatemala"Pat Metheny6:09
7."Asphodel"Dave Clark6:04
8."Redial"Ralph Towner3:34
9."Invitation"Bronislaw Kaper6:50
10."My Funny Valentine"Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers6:07
11."Something Special"Jim Hall5:42
12."Guitarre Picante"Ralph Towner4:56
Total length:1:07:07



  1. ^ "Gary Burton: Six Pack". Retrieved 13 March 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Six Pack". Discogs. Retrieved 13 March 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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