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by Jason Burke

If you know who Steve Perry and Neil Peart are, you will like this disk. Progressive rock with strong vocals and drums
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Swimming
4:40 $0.99
2. Heretic
5:42 $0.99
3. Doc (Shine Boy)
5:14 $0.99
4. Running Empty
5:43 $0.99
5. Simple Rhyme
5:39 $0.99
6. My Faith
3:45 $0.99
7. Kewlspace
3:19 $0.99
8. The Chase
3:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Swimming" is the first solo release from Jason Burke, a singer/songwriter living in North Carolina who has fronted several east coast rock bands (e.g., Over the Edge, Black Ice, King Friday). The music shows a strong influence from progressive hard rock bands of the past 30 years such as Rush, Journey, Dream Theater, Queensryche, and Yes. Most of the songs are built around a strong vocal performance backed by aggressive drum, guitar, and bass lines.

"Swimming" is a studio collaboration with a number of other musicians located at various places around the world, including:

Matthew Porcaro on Drums (Virginia)
Oliver Sampson on Bass (Germany)
Todd Serafin on Guitars (California)

Two additional artists are featured on one song: Brian Burke on keyboards (North Carolina) and Dave Lavin on guitar (California).



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Wow! Great original songs, top-notch musicians, music to the ears and soul...
If you buy just one CD this year, make sure it's this one! Talent like this must be heard to be believed, the vocals, the guitar work, the percussion, with a touch of humor here and there. Simple Rhyme grabbed me. Touches the soul...

Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal - E - Zine

Great Record, great moment for Jason Burke.
Jason Burke is a good rock US singer and this is his first solo record. With bandmates Mathew Porcaro in drums, Todd Serafin and Dave Lavin in guitars and Oliver Sampson in the bass, Jason Burke shows all his love for "Dream Theater" and "Rush", and his influences of "Geddy Lee" in the vocals (hear the first track "Swimming"). "Heretic" could easier be a track written by "Dream Theater" (the keys are very simillar), and "Doc (Shine Boy)" is a good hard-pop moment, remembering the good times from "Steve Perry" and "Journey". Jason Burke also likes hard rock, and tracks like "Running Empty" and "Simple Rhyme" are good proofs of that (with good guitar riffs). But he is a musician with a feet in the new sounds, and "Kewispace" has some grunge elements mixed into the hard-rock atmosphere, while "The Chase" returns with intelligence to the prog-metal. Great Record, great moment for Jason Burke. I think he will make another great record, if he follows the musical direction of this first one. Congratulations!...

Martha Underwood

I think the mix is excellent, the vocals are excellent and the instrumentals have a very very professional sound.

Just Only John

These guys are precise and highly talented.
I have been blown away by this CD. There isn't a bad song on it. These guys are precise like Rush and have incredible vocals like Yes. A smokin' guitarist matched by an incredible drummer, held together by a strong bassist. Are the 80s back? Nope. Jason Burke has improved on the sounds of that period and brought them up to date!


Excellent Album
This is a great album with tremendous accustics. I really enjoyed most of the songs and I think that their ability to put this together from across the world is an interesting leap for the recordning industry. Well worth purchasing and hopefully there will be more albums to come.