Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop
"Veteran pianist Dave Burrell personifies the best of neoclassicism--uncompromising individuality and in-the-moment gusto." -- THE NEW YORKER Dave Burrell has long been recognized as an important pianist among the most... more »
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"Veteran pianist Dave Burrell personifies the best of neoclassicism--uncompromising individuality and in-the-moment gusto." -- THE NEW YORKER Dave Burrell has long been recognized as an important pianist among the most astute jazz fans. Best known for his contributions to the music of Archie Shepp, David Murray, Pharaoh Sanders, and more, Burrell has finally positioned himself as one of the preeminent bandleaders in jazz. After a long hiatus from recording, Burrell returned in 2004 with the dynamic album Expansion. His new trio recording, Momentum, is his best and most self-assured recording to date. Fronting a new, multi-generational trio featuring bassist Michael Formanek (Tim Berne, Elvis Costello) and drummer Guillermo E. Brown (David S. Ware, Matthew Shipp), Burrell has a brave and complex new vision for jazz--one that respects precedents while forging a new path, all without falling into the traps of wandering improvisation. Formanek and Brown lay the foundation under Burrell as the pianist boldly roams in and out of the structure of his seven compositions, elegantly improvising on the songs' motifs. Momentum is a lesson in both vigor and restraint--a captivating achievement that is certain to impress and attract.
Oldnslow | Seattle, Washington USA | 01/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Excellent follow up to Burrell's "Expansion" CD, which was a kind of come back for this illusive pianist. Superb interplay with the rhythm section, and Burrell's interesting compositions make for rewarding listening. Very cliche free modern approach with a touch of Monk/Cecil Taylor, yet still melodic. Highly recommended."
Walk with me
Case Quarter | CT USA | 07/13/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"i'm familiar with burrell from quite a few archie shepp outings. this is the first time i've heard him as a leader, and in a trio setting. the recording, as such, doesn't achieve momentum, what it does is maintain momentum throughout all the tracks. when i first listened to the recording, the word that came to mind was lumbering, which doesn't exactly hit the mark with what burrell and formanek and guillermo e. brown do-and it is the double bass that makes the difference.
this isn't frenetic avant garde of the 60s. it's toned down much. the trio moves along steadily with burrell pondering... kind of abstractions. this is deliberating music that moves in a way that allows the listener to be a listener, which is an achievement initself.
what i want to say, without getting excited, is that burrell has his own style, a style i haven't heard before, not even by burrell himself when he played with shepp, and burrell's pondering style walking in lumbering fashion within this trio setting makes this a cd worth hearing."