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Dave Burrell: Philadelphia, PA, January 18, 21 and 30, 2012

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Dave BurrellThe Rosenbach Museum & Library and Philadelphia Arts Alliance Philadelphia, PAJanuary 18, 21 and 30, 2012 Dave Burrell is something of a renaissance jazzman. He recorded with drummer Sunny Murray and saxophonist Archie Shepp during the halcyon free jazz days of Paris in the late 1960s, and over the last four decades has returned every so often to that fiery, driving jazz. Yet he is also an enthusiastic advocate of the great pianists of the tradition--chiefly Duke Ellington and Jelly Roll Morton--and a sensitive composer whose own work shows those disparate influences.

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Dave Burrell Trio: New York, NY, September 10, 2011

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Dave Burrell TrioCrosscurrent 3 Festival Poisson RougeNew York, NYSeptember 10, 2011For its third annual edition, Crosscurrent moved the festival from its home in Botticino, Italy to New York City. Following the sonic delights of the Vision Festival in June, Crosscurrent 3 offered an additional array of creative music ensembles led by Wadada Leo Smith, Dave Burrell, Wayne Horvitz, Taylor Ho Bynum and Joe McPhee. Dave Burrell has long been a favorite pianist for his remarkable ability to play across stylistic boundaries in jazz. After graduating from Berklee College of Music ...

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Vision Festival 2008: Day 2

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Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6

Kidd Jordan, Dave Burrell, Hamiet Bluiett, Maynard Chatters, Billy Bang, William Parker, Hamid Drake, Joel Futterman, Clyde Kerr, Gerald Cleaver, Fred Anderson

13th Annual Vision Festival Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, New York City June 11, 2008

It has become customary for the second night of the Vision Festival to be used to honor the lifetime achievement of one of the luminaries of the free jazz firmament and tonight, following in the footsteps of Bill Dixon, ...

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Dave Burrell: Momentum

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A traditionalist with respect for the avant-garde, or an avant-garde acolyte with respect for tradition? Dave Burrell would appear to have a foot in both camps. On Momentum the pianist is supported and augmented by the outstanding new rhythm section of bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Guillermo E. Brown. The music manages to be quirky yet intense, harmonius and dissonant in turn, fractured yet swinging--and ultimately highly rewarding.

On the opening “Downfall" Burrell offers a simple, catchy piano riff against which Brown manufactures fascinating rhythms, threatening to tear free of the leash but never quite doing so. On ...

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Dave Burrell: Momentum

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For the first time in almost thirty years, pianist Dave Burrell returned to the studio to record as a leader with William Parker and Andrew Cyrille on 2004's Expansion (High Two). Momentum features Burrell recording for the first time with bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Guillermo E. Brown, continuing to explore the classic piano trio format. With this new blood, Burrell hones in on the jazz tradition with intensity and focus, delivering one of the finest statements of his career.

Burrell explores a variety of moods from introspective to assertive on six new compositions, half of which ("Downfall," ...

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Dave Burrell and Billy Martin: Consequences

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Consequences teams pianist Dave Burrell with percussionist Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin and Wood, making this a collaboration between two avant gardists separated by a generation or two. Though Burrell recorded with the likes of Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders and Marion Brown while Martin attended high school, any doubts about their compatibility disappear when the two artists face off on this performance, recorded live in Philadelphia. Their unique four-handed journey leads them up, over, beyond and back, locked in a deep-listening embrace that kindles sparks and flares.

Burrell deftly skates over the keys, creating right-handed pirouettes, while Martin ...

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Dave Burrell: After Love & Consequences

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Dave Burrell After Love America-Universal 2005 Dave Burrell/Billy Martin Consequences Amulet 2006

Pianist Dave Burrell has not received the acclaim he deserves despite actively pursuing his muse for over 40 years. Coming to prominence with the second wave of avant gardists, Burrell plays in a style that accommodates not only the New Thing but takes in the entire history of jazz going back to Jelly Roll Morton. He was the pianist ...

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Dave Burrell: Margy Pargy

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Dave Burrell's dual association with early jazz and the avant-garde gives his playing a grounded originality. Margy Pargy spends an easygoing near-hour with the pianist's solo ruminations on classics and his own wily compositions. Like his frequent collaborator Archie Shepp, he reaches effortlessly through time to retrieve all flavors of the blues, while incorporating unflinching romanticism and an uncluttered wit.

The old chestnut “I Only Have Eyes For You saunters in with worldly nonchalance. While Burrell's right hand plays it straightforward, his left offers sly variations. Opening with a looping Monkism, “Expansion rolls on little wheels like a gear box. ...

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A Fireside Chat with Dave Burrell

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While his serendipitous participation in Algiers' Pan-African Festival and the infamous BYG sessions with Archie Shepp and Grachan Moncur III that followed gave him underground street credit, it was his audible awareness of the music's history that has endeared Dave Burrell to the revolution. Stigmatized as “avant-garde" by the misinformed, there is as much Ellington and Monk in Burrell's approach as there is angularity and dissonance.

All About Jazz: Let's start from the beginning.

Dave Burrell: It was a desire to be like my parents. There was always jazz playing in the house as far back ...

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Dave Burrell Full-Blown Trio: Expansion

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You have to have roots. Even for those who lean towards a freer, more exploratory disposition in jazz, the best of the lot have generally spent some time studying and playing within the tradition. Pianist Dave Burrell, whose work with Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders and Marion Brown has exemplified him as an icon of the experimental and the avant-garde, places things in perfect perspective halfway through Expansion. In between a compelling free duet with bassist William Parker and a more aggressive trio piece that adds drummer Andrew Cyrille, is a solo rendition of the Irving Berlin tune, “They Say It's ...

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Dave Burrell Full Blown Trio: Expansion

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It is interesting and somewhat surprising that, for Dave Burrell's second recording for a U.S. label (in almost 40 years) that he returns to the piano trio format. High , recorded in 1966 for Douglas Records (and reissued by Arista) featured Burrell, bassist Sirone and either Bobby Kapp or Sunny Murray in the percussion chair. To those who were familiar with the pianist's roiling tone clusters and volcanic pianism from a pair of Marion Brown dates earlier that year, the fact that side one consisted solely of an exposition on themes from West Side Story might have been somewhat of ...

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Pianist Dave Burrell

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"I just played at the Philadelphia Art Museum ," says pianist Dave Burrell. “It was a white tablecloth kind of night. It was right after the big snowstorm, and everybody was just wanting to relax. So I played ballads. I knew from the clientele that it wasn't a kind of audience that wanted to go into too much of exploratory energy kinds of situations. They just wanted to relax and hear the material played straight. I was playing Cole Porter, Gershwin, Ellington and my originals as well." While he is perhaps best known for his late '60s ...

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Dave Burrell with Tyrone Brown: Recital

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Pianist Dave Burrell has performed with saxophonists; Archie Shepp, David Murray and in 1979, recorded a widely acclaimed jazz-opera, titled Windward Passages, as the artist is equally at home whether performing modern/free jazz or when adhering to traditionalism. Thus, Burrell is a well-balanced musician who often injects his deeply personalized methodology into a palate that often consists of quirky motifs and subtle deviations from the tried and true

Brown, a longtime veteran of drummer Max Roach’s quartet, nicely compliments Burrell’s simply stated elegance on standards such as “Never Let Me Go” and “Blue Moon, via his sprightly patterns and contrasting ...

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Dave Burrell & Tyrone Brown: Recital

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Like the late Jaki Byard, Dave Burrell is a pianist with a broad grasp of older jazz repertoires, most strikingly those represented by Stride and Ragtime. Hybridizing these antique styles with post-bop and free elements his keyboard sound is a creative pastiche of past, present and possible future. This particular recital focuses attention on what could be considered his more ‘inside’ leanings. Brown’s proven versatility through past gigs with Max Roach and Odean Pope makes him a fine foil for the series of relaxed and lyrical duets. Encompassing a program of standards from various jazz eras from Jelly Roll Morton, ...



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