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Do What You Gotta Do

by Bill Burns

straight-ahead jazz featuring original compositions by the leader on baritone and soprano saxophone with guest artists Hal Melia, Mike Techenbrock, and the Gem City Saxophone Quartet.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Birds' Lives
8:19 $0.99
2. Angels Waltz
5:51 $0.99
3. Curious George Attacks
7:02 $0.99
4. Just No More
6:12 $0.99
5. All of Me
5:45 $0.99
6. Live and Let Go
8:31 $0.99
7. Do What You Gotta Do
8:56 $0.99
8. A Child Is Born
3:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
Bill Burns, Jazz Performer and Educator

Bill is an active performer/educator in the Miami Valley and has been referred to by the Dayton Daily News as “the biggest, baddest, baritone saxist to play here in a long time”. He has performed regionally with Phil Woods, Diana Schuur, Billy Hart, John Fedchock, Maria Schneider, Chris Vadalla, Phil Woods, John Fedchock, Denis DaBlazio, Hal Melia, Brad Goode, the O’Jays, the VanDell’s, and the Temptations. He can be seen performing with the Bill Burns Quartet, The John Slate Organ Quartet, The Dayton Jazz Orchestra, The Tom Daugherty Orchestra, The Johnny Mack Big Band, and The Northern Kentucky Symphony “Boogie Band”. He holds a B.A. in Music Education from the University of Dayton as well as a Masters in Saxophone from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Bill has also been on faculty with the Miami Valley Jazz Labs since 1998, and former students have gone on to major in music at Ohio State, Wright State, and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Other recordings Bill can be found on include the CCM Jazz Ensemble’s Serenade in Blue and Yesterday’s News; the Dayton Jazz Orchestra’s Swing, Dance, Remember and Just Playin’ Around; The Northern Kentucky Symphony’s Old Blue Eyes is Back and The Music of Our Youth.. A Jazz Times review of the CCM Jazz Ensemble recording “Serenade in Blue”, referred to Mr. Burns as “a baritone sax player who gets as down and dirty as possible!”



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Brian West

Great writing and performances
Did you every buy a CD just to get the one track you liked? You won't have that problem here -- they're all good! Tops in my book are Angels Waltz and Bill's brilliant arrangement of A Child is Born. Both are masterpieces, but the whole CD swings and is a pleasure to hear. The guest artists are all top-notch, and they sound like they've been playing together for years.

Amy Asher-Williams

Impressive, creative, and snappy!
This is a great CD to pop in and work to! The soothing melodies and snappy beat to the more lively tunes are great for grading papers! My students love to listen while they are working too.

Cowboy Joe

I just can't quit listening to this.
Such a nice CD, I wish I could quit it but I can't.

Patty Stone-Frimerman

This is a "must have" cd
If you add one new jazz cd to your collection this year--make this the one. I challenge you to listen to track 4 (just no more) and try to hold on to your stress--can't do it--melts all the negatives away baby! It rivals all the best. Bill Burns is on his way. . .

Mark Yokers

I highly recommend this beautifully swingin’ CD to anyone who appreciates straig
It’s always encouraging to hear young talent carrying the bebop torch into the future. The Jazz World needs to remember that this music is alive and kicking in the 21st century. Bill Burns is one of those torch-bearers. In his latest (and I believe first) CD release, Baritone Saxophonist Bill Burns from Dayton, Ohio makes a bold individual statement. Listening to him, I first thought…. Nick Brignola,… no, Gary Smulyan, no, Pepper Adams….. Gerry Mulligan?….. no…. just BILL BURNS!

I highly recommend this beautifully swingin’ CD to anyone who appreciates straight ahead acoustic jazz injected with just the right balance of tradition and individualism to make it purely listen-able. Here’s a tune by tune blow by blow:

“Bird Lives” is an exciting bepop-ish opener with lots of memorable bop clips and surprises in the melody. For the solos, the quintet rides on happy rhythm changes. Bill’s homage to Charlie Parker is devout, but with a gutsy, hard bop style that makes this tune not just another romp through rhythm changes. Hal Melia provides a silky smoothness to on Alto to balance the solos section, which culminates in four bar trade offs, and climaxes with young Phil Tipton’s drum solo.

The Jazz World could use more good waltzes, and Bill certainly obliges with “Angels Waltz”. Showing his versatility on Soprano Sax, Bill will waltz this one right into your heart with his easy swinging style.

When I first got the CD, I read the tune list and wanted to listen to “Curious George Attacks” first. The title made me curious…. Since the man in the yellow hat wasn’t around, that’s what I did! No regrets… What a great tune! Bill’s writing is original and full of delightful surprises, yet it sounds comfortably familiar. This gives his music an endearing quality that is a tribute to his mastery of the Jazz Language. This tune alone is worth the price of the CD.

Mike Techenbrock’s haunting flugelhorn opens the ballad “Just No More”. It’s just the relaxing and beautiful break needed in the program after the attack of the inquisitive monkey on track 3 -- another hint that Mr. Burns is no stranger calling all the right tunes in the right order.

Toe-tapping is required during the cover of “All of Me” that follows. Can’t miss with this one. Enjoy!

Next it’s back to the sop with a Latin tune. “Live and Let Go” gives bassist Chris Berg a chance to shine and the variety and delightful melodies keep coming.

The medium tempo groove tune “Do What You Gotta Do” is another one where your foot will not be able to avoid tapping. It’s a minor blues with an attitude!

A pure beauty ends the CD. Thad Jones’ “A Child is Born” has always been a touching melody, but Bill’s arrangement for saxophone quartet gives it new life and luscious sensitivity – a true masterpiece.