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Pianist/composer/educator Greg Burk has lived, studied, educated and performed around the world. Over the last decade, living and working in Detroit, Boston and now Rome, he has established himself not only as a vital sideman, but also as a leader with the rare ability to combine original compositions with memorable melodies and a desire to push the creative envelope as an improviser. He has been called "an exceptional pianist/composer" (All Music Guide), "a pianist and composer with vigorous, freewheeling ideas that always feel grounded within a well-reasoned structure" (Boston Herald), "a pianist with a gift for melody and a generous touch that makes you want to like him" (LA Weekly), and a musician that "plays with an apparent love and passion for his craft" (AllAboutJazz). Greg grew up in a culturally diverse and musical household

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Greg Burk Trio: The Path Here

Read "The Path Here" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

In The Path Here, quinta incisione per 482 Music, il pianista Greg Burk, americano d'origine ma da anni residente a Roma, ritrova due amici di vecchia data come Jonathan Robinson e Gerald Cleaver. E di vecchia data sono anche alcuni dei brani contenuti nell'album che è una sorta di viaggio a ritroso nel tempo, in un ...

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Greg Burk Trio: The Path Here

Read "The Path Here" reviewed by Troy Collins

The Path Here, pianist Greg Burk's fifth release for the adventurous 482 Music label, finds the Rome-based American expatriate revisiting and reinterpreting some of the most engaging compositions of his youthful career, aided by old friends Jonathan Robinson (bass) and Gerald Cleaver (drums). Previously heard together with tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi on Burk's 2004 quartet release ...

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Greg Burk Trio: Nothing, Knowing

Read "Nothing, Knowing" reviewed by Daniel Spicer

Let's presume it's not too obvious a question, almost a century since King Oliver taught Satchmo how to blow his soul out the end of his horn and say what he damn well felt like saying. Exactly what is the relationship between improvisation and jazz? Pianist Greg Burk tackles this question on Nothing, Knowing, with nine ...

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Greg Burk Trio: Nothing, Knowing

Read "Nothing, Knowing" reviewed by John Kelman

With the number of pianists whose style stems directly from Keith Jarrett, it's easy to forget that his biggest influence was Paul Bley. While Jarrett has moved on to forge his own personal aesthetic, Bley was the one first provided a more lyrical alternative to Cecil Taylor's aggressively cathartic free play: a more thoughtful, considered improvisation ...

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Greg Burk Trio: Nothing, Knowing

Read "Nothing, Knowing" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Greg Burk comes along for the third time as leader with Nothing, Knowing and proves beyond any shade of doubt that he has the distinct ability to turn a tune into an exciting and imaginative journey. He sounds more expansive here than in the past, his sense of drive and purpose given new impetus and dynamism. ...

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Greg Burk Trio: Nothing, Knowing

Read "Nothing, Knowing" reviewed by Michael McCaw

When examining the individual pieces of a puzzle, one only sees parts of the picture, but not the whole. Considering the individual elements that comprise Nothing, Knowing is something along those same lines. You can focus on the way pianist Greg Burk builds and deconstructs around a melody played by electric bassist Steve Swallow while drummer ...

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Greg Burk Trio: Checking In

Read "Checking In" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Pianist Greg Burk's debut on the Italian Soul Note label, Checking In, might have been better suited with the title Checking Out, as in “I've been checking out different approaches to the jazz piano trio." The disc displays the Berklee educator's multiple voices, beginning with his fundamentally stable sound. Joining Burk are drumming legend ...


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