Gary Burton  

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Gary Burton (b. January 23 1943, Anderson, Indiana) is an American jazz vibraphonist.

Having been self-taught on the vibraphone, Burton developed a pianistic style of four-mallet technique as an alternative to the usual two-mallets. This approach caused Burton to be heralded as an innovator and his sound and technique were widely imitated. He is also known for pioneering fusion jazz and popularizing the duet format in jazz.

Burton is notable as one of very few openly gay musicians in jazz history, and has stated that his coming out in his 40s had no adverse consequences for his career as he had feared.

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