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Christopher Burnett

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Christopher L. Burnett is a critically acclaimed alto saxophonist, educator, arts business leader, and award- 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 and co- founded a significant independent recording label. He subsequently completed a full 22-year career while working with various top military musical organizations. Then he established a professional music career coming back and working in many capacities as a key member of his native Kansas City arts scene for the twenty years he's been home.

He recently completed the recording and release of his fourth album as a leader titled, “The Standards, Vol

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Article: The Big Question

Why don't more jazz venues present the music more in line with how people live today, rather than how they lived 60 years ago?

Read "Why don't more jazz venues present the music more in line with how people live today, rather than how they lived 60 years ago?" reviewed by Christopher Burnett


This article was first published in December 2014. I have pondered for more than a decade as to why most jazz venues don't present the music contemporary to the lifestyles of most people today. Some do. Progressive examples of such venues that come immediately to mind include, Shapeshifter Lab in jny: New ...

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Article: Year in Review

Popular Jazz Songs: 2021

Read "Popular Jazz Songs: 2021" reviewed by Michael Ricci


All About Jazz tracks how often a featured song is heard, and the following represent the most popular in 2021. If you missed them the first time around, give them a listen now, and enjoy! Say It Again From: From Now On By Leon Brenko Menart I ...

Album

Freedom Flight (single)

Label: ARC - Artists Recording Collective
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Standards, Vol. 1 (ARC-2925)

6. Freedom Flight (Burnett, arr. CbQ)

Artist Personnel

Christopher Burnett - alto saxophone, composition, arranger, bandleader
Roger Wilder - piano
Bill McKemy - acoustic bass
Clarence Smith - drums
Charles Gatschet - guitar (2, 4-6)

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jordan Seigel, Christopher Burnett, Kamasi Washington

Read "Jordan Seigel, Christopher Burnett, Kamasi Washington" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We start the 697th Episode of Neon Jazz with Jordan Seigel, an Los-Angeles-based pianist and composer who has done TV and film scores with a song off his 2020 release Beyond Images. We also catch up with another Los Angeles-based musician and actor in Clifton Davis who teams with Beegie Adair on his debut album. Kansas ...

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Song of the Day

Dolphin Dance

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Label: ARC - Artists Recording Collective
Released: 2021
Duration: 05:59

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Article: Album Review

Christopher Burnett: The Standards, Vol. 1

Read "The Standards, Vol. 1" reviewed 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. ...

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Standards, Vol. 1 Promo

Featuring the music of Christopher Burnett
Duration: 2:20

No matter how modern or abstract or unclassifiable jazz can get in the 21st century, standard tunes remain a touchstone for a great many players, across widely varying jazz idioms and sub-genres. When someone improvises on a standard, we hear how they sound, but we also hear how they hear. Where do they place the beat? Where does their harmonic imagination lead? What melodic secrets do they reveal? What inner aspect of their soul do they choose to lay bare? From Buddy Bolden onward, jazz improvisers have taken the tools and vernacular of their day, of their musical community, and sought their own truth within that common framework.

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.

Results for pages tagged "Christopher Burnett"...

Musician

Terri Anderson Burnett

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.

Album

The Standards, Vol. 1

Label: ARC - Artists Recording Collective
Released: 2021
Track listing: Dolphin Dance; Corcovado; Boplicity; Windows;. All The Things You Are; Freedom Flight.


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