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. "DB Blues employs creative modulations that convey a sense of earlier times.
The brief, quirky Prelude to Crucificado gives no hint of the humid intensity waiting in the subsequent "Crucificado. Latin harmonies in stately minors unfold dramatically as Burrell lightens the heaviness with playful variation. The title track paces in circles, incorporating modernized ragtime structures. Burrell walks Strayhorn's "Lush Life down some unexpected alleys, ending it sweetly. His take on "My Foolish Heart recalls Monk's ability to play an older tune and lovingly tweak and deconstruct it, always guided by a genuine love for the piece. Cole Porter's "So In Love ends the collection with a dark, direct interpretation.
Burrell's stylish elegant performances inhabit a space poised between past and future with plenty of technique, boasting reverent roots as well as forward vision.
Track Listing: I Only Have Eyes For You; Expansion; DB Blues; Prelude to Crucificado; Crucificado; Margy
Pargy; Lush Life; My Foolish Heart; So In Love.
Personnel: Dave Burrell: piano.
Title: Margy Pargy
| Year Released: 2006
| Record Label: Unknown label
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz.
Being a Musician myself, (Lead Guitar/Bass Guitar), I studied at the Dick Grove School of Music with Dick Grove, Jeff Richman and Lee Ritenour. This was around '84-'85. I started playing the Guitar in November 1967. Playing Guitar came quite naturally to me thank goodness. Though I spent hours upon hours practicing while my school buddies were doing Sports.
It was in the early '70s that I really got into Jazz, Jazz Rock, Jazz Fusion and World Music. Seeing Weather Report, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Larry Carlton, Steely Dan, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, RTF, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, VSOP, Freddie Hubbard and so many, many more amazing artists opened my eyes to the beauty and eloquent nature of Jazz. I really love the brilliant ensemble playing that is in Jazz!!
When I play and write music, it blends so many style together. Many fans ask me why my playing sounds so jazzy. It's because I understand Blue Notes, the phrasing, the tonality, time signatures and more. I can also play Rock, Folk, Soul, R n' B and other styles too. I seem to gravitate more and more as I get older to a jazzier style. Currently I'm 62 years old. I have released 2 CDs world-wide. Working on my 3rd.
I also teach Guitar/Bass/Music Theory to my students. They range from 6 years old to much, much older. (I was hired by the City of Aurora, CO to teach ages 6-13 specifically). Currently I teach 41 children in 5 classes. Additionally another 7 private students.
My wife, Meesh, and I love Jazz dearly. It was one of the things that we share together!
Most of the people that I know today do not get jazz. I try to explain what to listen for, but many times the music of Jazz is a bit much for them. So be it.
In a nutshell, I live, breath and listen to Music 24/7. No TV except the Food Channel and Weather.
I love John Kelman's articles. They are so insightful and well-constructed!
Thank you all for doing what you do.