Pianist Dave Burrell
The other thing about how Burrell speaks is that he speaks very slowly. His pacing is even and his diction clear. Each word is deliberate and carefully thought out. Yet the tone of his voice rises and falls with his ideas, not with his punctuation. It comes across as being the same method of communication that he uses when he transcends the bar lines in his music. He simply likes to spread out. Describing the evolution of his compositions, he says that he thinks now in movements, rather than just groups of measures.
He also says that "right now, I'm looking back at all of these different experiences and getting ready to do, more or less, one capsulized way of centering them. I want to go down the center of all this stuff, documenting it with my new level of musicianship." While you can bet that his upcoming work will draw from his ever-expanding wealth of knowledge and experience, the chances that he will find one single way to express all of it are slim. As soon as he finds one style he is comfortable with, odds are he will think of three more he would like just as much to explore.
For more information, please visit Dave Burrell's website .
For sounds samples:
Never Let Me Go, w/ Tyrone Brown
Moment's Notice, solo Live at the Caramoor
It Hurts So Much to See, w/ David Murray from Windward Passages
Teardrops for Jimmy, w/ David Murray from In Concert