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George Burton

For more than a decade, the young pianist, composer and bandleader George Burton has been on the radar of everyone who keeps up with innovations in jazz. Praised as “formidable” by NPR, and “charismatic” by The New York Times, Burton's dazzling virtuosity and breathtakingly eclectic approach to music reflect his experience in every aspect of the jazz spectrum: beginning with rigorous classical training, branching into his equally rigorous experience in the heady nightlife of the Philadelphia jazz scene, and earning him a place on the world stage with some of the most significant practitioners of bop, post-bop and beyond—from James Carter to Meshell Ndegeocello to the Sun Ra Arkestra—and has landed him on some of the most prestigious of stages with his own groups as a leader, including the Newport Jazz Festival in 2017. Burton's own work is in a category by itself: he brings not only stunning technique, but music that is complex, uniting all the dimensions of his experience, filtered through the sensibility of a Romantic composer

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

David Virelles, Kirk Knuffke, Nicolas Chientraroli & Nduduzo Makhathini

Read "David Virelles, Kirk Knuffke, Nicolas Chientraroli & Nduduzo Makhathini" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Excellent new keyboard releases highlight this edition of OMJ, ranging from musical neo-archaeologist David Virelles, George Burton, Argentina's Nicolás Chientaroli, South African Nduduzo Makhathini to the Italian trio Katharsis. Debuts from a couple of drummers are also featured--Anthony Fung and Swizerland's Florian Arbenz. Cornetist Kirk Knuffke's new Gravity Without Airs should be headed for much praise. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

African Cookbook, A Vocal Tangent, A Dizzy Atmosphere

Read "African Cookbook, A Vocal Tangent, A Dizzy Atmosphere" reviewed by David Brown


This week, South African jazz artists to African sounds in jazz, a vocal tangent, and finally, a Dizzy atmosphere. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Epistrophy (Theme)" from Live At The It Club (Complete) (Columbia) 00:15 Somi “House of the Rising Sun" from Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba (Salon Africana) 01:50 Nduduzo Makhathini “Amathongo" from In ...

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Article: Live Review

Mike Lee Quartet at the Metuchen Public Library

Read "Mike Lee Quartet at the Metuchen Public Library" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Mike Lee Quartet Metuchen Public Library Metuchen, NJ April 30, 2022 Tenor saxophonist Mike Lee is well into his middle years, a time when many jazz musicians fulfill the promise of their youthful endeavors. Lee's live appearances as a leader convey a deep-seated belief in the music, an impressive skill ...

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Article: Interview

Tom Lawton: Not Less Than Everything

Read "Tom Lawton: Not Less Than Everything" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Not known, because not looked for But heard, half-heard, in the stillness Between two waves of the sea. Quick now, here, now, always-- A condition of complete simplicity (Costing not less than everything) --T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets; “Little Gidding" This poetic quotation ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Wolfgang Muthspiel, Thana Alexa, John Zorn, John Scofield and More New Releases

Read "Wolfgang Muthspiel, Thana Alexa, John Zorn, John Scofield and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Second part of our weekly exploration of brand new releases, with a special focus on guitar-centric albums [for the first part click here]. PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" Mondo Jazz Theme (Self-released) 0:00 Rob Luft “Life Is the Dancer" Life is the Dancer (Edition) 0:16 Host Talks Wolfgang ...

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Article: Album Review

Moppa Elliott: Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band

Read "Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Bassist Moppa Elliott is best known as the leader of the surrealistic jazz group, Mostly Other People Do The Killing, but his musical universe, encompassing work with symphony orchestras and new music ensembles, stretches much farther than that band's frantic music. This is reflected in this 2 CD set of Elliott leading three different types of ...

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News: Festival

Quartet of nightclubs take part in inaugural (Philadelphia) Center City Jazz Festival

Quartet of nightclubs take part in inaugural (Philadelphia) Center City Jazz Festival

Four downtown nightclubs in Philadelphia will be hosting a jazz festival on April 28. The Center City Jazz Festival, a one-day event, will feature dozens of musicians spread over several blocks. Most of the performers will be younger talent who missed Philadelphia's jazz heyday of the '70s and '80s, with a few old heads to hold ...

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News: Recording

Lars Haake - "In the Picture"

In the Picture (released September 27, 2011) is the debut album of alto saxophonist Lars Haake. It features Haake plus the rhythm section of James Genus (acoustic bass), George Burton (piano/fender rhodes) and Wayne Smith Jr. (drums) as well as Oli Rockberger (backup vocals on track 3). In the Picture includes nine tracks, the first six ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Jazz Bridge Presents Odean Pope at the Cheltenham Art Center on February 2nd

Jazz Bridge Presents Odean Pope at the Cheltenham Art Center on February 2nd

Appearing at the Cheltenham Art Center, 439 Ashbourne Rd, Cheltenham, PA on February 2nd 2011 will be saxophonist Odean Pope with his band featuring pianist George Burton, bassist Lee Smith, and drummer Craig McIver. One show: 7:30-9PM. Tickets: $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. Free Refreshments! For info: 215-517-8337 Saxophonist Odean Pope, after integrating several musical ...


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