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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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