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by Christopher Burnett

Christopher Burnett Quartet (CbQ) is a concert and festival ensemble that presents a group of individual artists of mature and unique improvisational voice; intriguing original compositions; and, select works by other composers.
Genre: Jazz: Bossa Nova
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1. Firebird
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"Firebird", the first single, releases on Monday, September 1st exclusively at iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play and CD Baby. Featuring: Christopher Burnett - alto saxophone/composition; Roger Wilder - piano; Jeff Harshbarger - bass; Clarence Smith - drums; with Terri Anderson Burnett and Freda Proctor - flutes. The final mastering and mix by Craig Rettmer is truly amazing. Get some of this ... Thanks! Cb

Christopher Burnett Quartet (CbQ) - Group Profile

PROFILE: Christopher Burnett Quartet (CbQ) is a concert and festival ensemble grounded in the performance of music that comes from the American jazz traditions. As an ensemble, CbQ presents a group of individual artists of mature and unique improvisational voice; intriguing original compositions; and, select works by other composers.

philosophy of improvisation: the faith in the purity of the long line; the avoidance of licks and emotional chain-pulling; and, the concentration on endlessly mining the harmonic and melodic possibilities within the music.

RECORDINGS: We have on-going sessions planned that will be used to record all of the original music Christopher Burnett (BMI) has written, and continues to compose, for the quartet and the larger chamber ensemble. Arrangements of select compositions by others will be included as well.

LABEL: Christopher Burnett Quartet (CbQ) group is a member of the Artists Recording Collective (ARC) and all CbQ recordings are available on the ARC label at all of the major retailers like iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby worldwide.

Christopher Burnett - Artist Summary

Business professional with extensive background in music, project management, promotion and arts-based business organizations. Broad technical knowledge of music, music instruction, and systems approach to management. Successful background in arts marketing and promotion. Fluent in web design, social media marketing as well. Diverse range of skills. Team player.

A native of the Kansas City Area, award-winning composer and saxophone artist, Chris Burnett began his prolific professional start and rose to prominence while leading, touring and recording with US military bands from 1974-1996.

During this era, Army band organizations required leaders to direct and manage all operations of a military company – fiscal, finance, administration, training, marketing and publicity. All of these business duties were mastered during the course of a career and performed in addition to and in conjunction with the daily conduct and performance of hundreds of professional musical engagements and concerts each year by the military band companies he was posted with.

Subsequently, Mr. Burnett is the 1995 5-Star Award of Merit Winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs for his original composition and arrangement for big band titled, Daedalus. He has also received numerous awards, letters and decorations for superior military service performance.

As an artist/businessman and modern thinker, Mr. Burnett was an early explorer of the digital music landscape. Through skillful and innovative promotion and marketing tactics, Burnett garnered more than a half million music downloads and sold CDs to fans in 38 countries via the original (1999-2003). This was before most musicians had figured out that there were other ways than major record label contracts and brick-and-mortar retail stores to reach listeners with their products.

Burnett founded a retail music store business immediately after his military career and held an adjunct position as director of the jazz band program at Missouri Science & Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla). He currently is Marketing Communications Manager for the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, a professional jazz artist educator and businessman.

Professional musician, jazz alto saxophonist, composer, arranger, band leader, webmaster, educator and writer. Co-founded Artists Recording Collective – an American label brand that serves as a dynamic and multi-dimensional platform to present the works and services of a select roster of artists. Subsequently, Artists Recording Collective formally launched its first commercial CD recording release in early 2008 to critical acclaim and National Radio success.



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Michael Glassman, Eugene

Looking forward to them publishing more.
“I just bought this track. I was in the Army band with Chris Burnett and Terri Anderson Burnett in Ansbach Germany – about a million years ago. No surprise that they are still making music. Looking forward to them publishing more.” – Michael Glassman, Embrex

Kyle Whitlock, Columbia ETV

*****Five Stars!
“Firebird”, a new jazz composition by composer Chris Burnett, is an outstanding mainstream piece! I love the very relaxed saxophone melody and especially the accompanying flute counterpoint. This song reminds me very much of pianist Herbie Hancock’s early works, when he used real orchestra musicians. Very open and human! The free flowing nature of this piece also reminds me of one of my all-time favorite composers – Pat Metheny. Being a pianist myself, I naturally really dig the pianist on this recording. The upright bass and drummer also share a big role in creating the overall sound of the recording. *****Five Stars!”
- Kyle Whitlock, recording artist, South Carolina ETV

Stanley C. Swann III, Berklee

Awesome band.
“Firebird is a beautiful and touching composition. I closed my eyes and floated on the cloud your ensemble provided for me to ride. I loved the blend of the sax and two flutes that made it touching. The piano, bass, and drums beautifully accompanied the melody and solos. Awesome band.”
- Stanley C. Swann III, Lowell Jazz Day Camp, Founder and Director, Lowell, Massachusetts

Jenny Puett-King, Member: Chris Burnett ♬ Listener Network

great music!
“I purchased my copy of your single from the CD Baby Website on the day of the release. I do believe Great Music is what happens when we let our souls speak…and that my friend, is some great music!”
– Jenny Puett-King, Member: Chris Burnett ♬ Listener Network

Maurice Williams, Jr., Virginia Beach

Great stuff, I like the concept.
“I want to purchase the first copy when finished. Great stuff, I like the concept.”
- Maurice Williams, Jr., Former Director of the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, Washington DC

James B. Nesbit, Norfolk

Very nice
“Very nice Chris, love the tunes.”
- James B. Nesbit, woodwind artist / Personnel Manager, The Virginia Symphony, Norfolk, VA

Toni Gates, Kansas City

I can’t wait to hear more!
“Chris both of these songs were OUTSTANDING.
Your writing is really really fantastic and I think you matched the BEST players to record.
Wow. I am certainly impressed. Congratulations. I can’t wait to hear more!
P.S and I loved the flute parts as well – way to go Terri!”
- Toni Gates, recording artist, Kansas City, Missouri

Terry Bowness, Austin

I dig the writing, the playing, and the sound.
“Chris, your pieces really sound great.
I dig the writing, the playing, and the sound.
All are very organic. Way to go.”
- Terry Bowness, recording artist, Austin, Texas

Michael Session, Los Angeles

Yea man.
“Very nice. I wish I could be that cool playing the sax with such control. Good music and direction. Yea man.”
– Michael Session, saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and the Director of Horace Tapscott’s Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra (The Ark/P.A.P.A.)

Loren Pickford, New Orleans

Thanks man…you inspire me…you always do.
“I love how the tune lays over the time and harmonic changes. Very unusual and it is lyrical (singable) which I like very much. Love the unusual harmonies and the scales exotic that you are using in your improvisation over them. Very nice ! Did you record a whole CD ? Who are the players…love the drummer’s cymbal sound. It is nicely mixed and great recording sound. Done in KC ? Thanks man…you inspire me…you always do. Your friend and fan, Loren.”
- Loren Pickford, jazz master and enlightened spirit
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