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Although a native New Yorker, it was in Chicago that Jim Burke honed his pianistic skills playing with the likes of violinist Johnny Frigo and others. Moving to San Francisco in 1982, he quickly made a name in that city's jazz community. This inaugural CD is a stage for his stylish elegance as the music flows from his piano like a rippling stream, clean, bright and breathtakingly beautiful. No matter the genre or tempo, whether the blues as on Ahmad Jamal's Nite Mist Blues or a waltz on "I Have Dreamed" from the King and I, or an intense "Sometime Ago", Burke's piano brilliantly captures that all the music has to offer. He gets some help from his friends on this session. Bassist Robb Fisher is no silent partner in this trio. His plucked bass creates some interesting under tones to Burke's piano. On "Like Someone in Love", the bass is placed closed to the mike so Fisher's musings are not drowned out by the keyboard. Thus, the listener gets the full effect of improvisions Fisher is creating over the melody line. Nice stuff! "Here's That Rainy Day" is handled as delicately as one would a valuable piece of art. Although Burke and Robb get the lion's share of visibility, Lee Charlton's gets in a lick or two on such tunes as Miles Davis' jazz classic "All Blues". Otherwise his steady hands at the drums is the steering wheel that keeps the session from going off the road.
As indicated earlier, this is Burke's first recording. Regrettably, it's also his last since sadly he passed away shortly after it was cut. Hands On is piano trio playing at its finest and a fitting legacy for this sensitive and talented pianist.
Track Listing: Sometime Ago; Like Someone in Love; Nite Mist Blues; Luck Be a Lady Tonight; Some Other Time; All Blues; Here's That Rainy Day; Estat
Personnel: Jim Burke - Piano; Robb Fisher - Bass; Lee Charlton - Drums
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com