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Christopher L. Burnett is a critically acclaimed alto saxophonist, educator, arts business leader, and
winning composer who began his professional career with military jazz bands going pro directly upon
graduating high school at just 18 years old. Over the course of his career, Mr. Burnett has performed
professionally around the world, recorded noteworthy albums as a leader, taught at the college-level
founded a significant independent recording label. He subsequently completed a full 22-year career
working with various top military musical organizations. Then he established a professional music career
back and working in many capacities as a key member of his native Kansas City arts scene for the twenty
he's been home.
He recently completed the recording and release of his fourth album as a leader titled, “The Standards, Vol
Label: ARC - Artists Recording Collective
Track listing: The Standards, Vol. 1 (ARC-2925)
6. Freedom Flight (Burnett, arr. CbQ)
Christopher Burnett - alto saxophone, composition, arranger, bandleader
Roger Wilder - piano
Bill McKemy - acoustic bass
Clarence Smith - drums
Charles Gatschet - guitar (2, 4-6)
by Kyle Simpler
Modern jazz can certainly take a variety of different forms, but standards still remain the foundation for many players. With The Standards Vol. 1, Christopher Burnett brings modern and traditional elements together in an excellent meeting. His approach is to bring a traditional approach to each song, whether it's a well-loved favorite or an original composition. ...
Featuring the music of Christopher Burnett
Such was the goal of alto saxophonist Christopher Burnett on The Standards, Vol. 1. Yet the decision to record a full album of standards was made after much reflection. Every player faces the challenge of making a standard his or her own, rather than relying on past interpretations, and this was a concern. There’s also the risk of standards, in Burnett’s words, becoming caricatures: “In this era of information overload,” he says, “[playing standards] can become ego vehicles to play loads of memorized melodic permutations and other intellectually derived constructs over the changes.”
With The Standards, Vol. 1, Burnett sought to capture a straightforward and honest encounter with the songbook tradition and the modern jazz canon. In this, he had solid support from a working band with pianist Roger Wilder, bassist Bill McKemy and drummer Clarence Smith, expanded to include guitarist Charles Gatschet on four tracks, as well as Stanton Kessler on flugelhorn for Herbie Hancock’s enduring “Dolphin Dance.” (Wilder and Smith were both featured on Burnett’s 2014 ARC release Firebird.) Kessler, on two additional tracks, appears in a larger ensemble with two flutes (Terri Anderson Burnett, Freda Proctor), clarinet (Samantha Batchelor) and baritone saxophone (Aryana Nemati), Gatschet on guitar as well, as Burnett wields the arranger’s pen and summons some truly colorful reed-plus-rhythm section sonorities. Top engineer Bill Crain captures it all beautifully in Studio A of his BRC Audio Productions.
Terri Anderson Burnett is a lifelong musician who began her professional career serving as a flute and piccolo player with the Army music program and continues performing in various contexts, studio recording, and teaching music privately.
Kansas City based alto saxophonist, composer and educator, Christopher Burnett has announced the recording of his fourth album as a leader titled, The Standards, Vol. 1 on the Artists Recording Collective (ARC) label. The album of mostly post-bop compositions will be released in 2020 to purposely coincide with the 100th birth year of bebop pioneer, Charlie ...
KC Area Youth Jazz is pleased to announce the addition of Media Relations Expert and Kansas City area Radio and Television Personality, Joel Nichols as an official Spokesperson, Concert Emcee, and Media Consultant. “I’ve known Christopher [Burnett] for many years and look forward to working with KC Area Youth Jazz,” Nichols said. “I’m looking forward to ...