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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 30, 2006
PIANIST GREG BURK'S FIRST SOLO CD COMING ON 482 MUSIC
AVON, CT -- On June 6th, 482 Music will release Rome-based pianist/composer Greg Burk's solo piano debut, The Way In (482-1048). Burk's fourth outing as a leader in as many years further documents his trademark synergy of freedom and structure. The all-original program features reinterpretations of previously composed works, organically developed free improvisations and explorations of the non-traditional sound potential of the piano.
"Burk's seemingly paradoxical ability to sound both considered and unfettered is a marvel," wrote AllAboutJazz.com Senior Editor John Kelman of 2005's Nothing, Knowing (482-1037), featuring Steve Swallow and Bob Moses. Other critics agreed, writing, "Burk puts a collage of ideas into each piece" (Jim Santella, Cadence), "he mixes idioms with the finesse of someone decades older" (Bill Shoemaker, PointofDeparture.org), and "Technically, Burk is a complete pianist, and he's intellectually curious enough to exploit the instrument's total sound-making capacity" (Chris Kelsey, JazzTimes).
Greg Burk has lived and performed all over the world, establishing himself both as a vital sideman/composer and a bandleader with the rare ability to combine memorable original compositions with a desire to push the creative envelope as an improviser. Before moving to Rome in June 2004, he was a longtime member of the Boston music scene, where he built his reputation teaching at Boston's Berklee College of Music, appearing on the Either/Orchestra's three most recent recordings, and leading groups featuring jazz luminaries such as Jerry Bergonzi, Gerald Cleaver, and Garrison Fewell. Most recently, he has performed across Western Europe with his trio and worked as a sideman in collaboration with Gilad Atzmon, Dave Binney, George Garzone, Dave Liebman, and Rick Margitza among many others. More information is available at http://www.gregburk.com