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Jazz vibraphone virtuoso Gary Burton has signed to Mack Avenue Records to release his forthcoming album, Common Ground, out June 6. Burton, a pioneer on the vibraphone, is touring with his ensemble, the New Gary Burton Quartet, which is featured on the record.

Burton has won six Grammys over the course of his 50 year career for his innovative approach to playing the vibraphone, which includes crazy techniques like playing with four mallets at once (humans, you may recall, have only two hands). His most recent Grammy was in 2009 for The New Crystal Silence, a collaboration with jazz pianist Chick Corea (who played with Miles Davis back in the 60s).

The New Gary Burton Quartet features guitarist Julian Lage, bassist Scott Colley (who has played with Herbie Hancock), and drummer Antonio Sanchez. Common Ground is the debut album for the quartet, which is Burton’s second band (the first being the Gary Burton Quartet). The quartet will be touring Europe this summer, followed by North American dates next fall. Burton has already started planning his 2012, intending to tour the west coast and Europe with Corea next spring, to fulfill all of your vibraphone needs.