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Duster is an album by vibraphonist Gary Burton that was recorded in 1967 and released by RCA.[1]

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Studio album by
Gary Burton Quartet
RecordedApril 18–20, 1967
StudioRCA Victor Studio B, New York City
GenreJazz fusion
ProducerBrad McCuen
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Duster is considered one of the first jazz fusion albums.[2] Although it received mixed responses from critics, it peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [3]
Down Beat     [4]
MusicHound     [5]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz     [5]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album four and a half stars, calling it "one of the first fusion records" and stating, "Although Burton's basic sound had not changed from the previous year, his openness toward other styles made his Quartet one of the most significant jazz groups of the period".[3]

Track listingEdit

  • All compositions by Mike Gibbs except where indicated
  1. "Ballet" – 4:54
  2. "Sweet Rain" – 4:24
  3. "Portsmouth Figurations" (Steve Swallow) – 3:03
  4. "General Mojo's Well Laid Plan" (Swallow) – 4:58
  5. "One, Two, 1-2-3-4" (Gary Burton, Larry Coryell) – 5:56
  6. "Sing Me Softly of the Blues" (Carla Bley) – 4:05
  7. "Liturgy" – 3:26
  8. "Response" (Burton) – 2:15


Chart historyEdit

Chart (1969) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Jazz Albums 15


  1. ^ Gary Burton discography Archived January 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine accessed November 22, 2011
  2. ^ Fellezs 2011, p. 76.
  3. ^ a b Scott Yanow. "Allmusic -> Duster -> Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
  4. ^ Todd S. Jenkins. "Fusion". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
  5. ^ a b "Gary Burton – Duster". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
  • Fellezs, Kevin; Ronald Radano; Josh Kun (2011). Birds of Fire: Jazz, Rock, Funk, and the Creation of Fusion (Refiguring American Music). Duke University Press Books. ISBN 978-0-8223-5047-7.