The genius of Burrell is his ability to anchor an outward or free performance of music in the language of traditional jazz. By the same token, his interpretation of an old-fashioned composition like "My Melancholy Baby," which he covers here, can be both played straight and deconstructed, only to be rebuilt as a kind of avant-thought experiment. Burrell's solo piano performance opens with the twenty-minute "Red Summer March," which is an amalgamation of genteel stride piano and abstract exploration. One might believe the two would be contradictory, but in Burrell's hands the tradition and the avant fits hand-in-glove. The episodic title track weaves elements of classical music into an epic Ellingtonian sound. His "Paradox Of Freedom" has a slow-motion boogie-woogie feel wrapped into a march. Burrell's music is avant-garde with a constant nod to the traditions of the jazz piano.
Red Summer March; How Little We Know; Paradox Of Freedom; My Melancholy Baby; Harlem
Rhapsody; Dancing With Monika.
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