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Very Good Year

by Jon Burr Quintet

Hard-bop and contemporary New York jazz led by veteran bassist playing standards-based originals and contemporary covers
Genre: Jazz: Hard Bop
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1. All the Things You Ate
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2. Soul Cry
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3. Cherry Keys
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4. Don't You Worry About a Thing
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5. Fried Blues
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6. Lovely Day
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7. Always Let Me Go
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8. Perowsky Line
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9. It Was a Very Good Year
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10. Break Out the Blues
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11. Savoy Fare
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12. Out of This Word
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Musicians
Tim Ouimette, trumpet; Steven Frieder, tenor sax; Mike Eckroth, piano; Jon Burr, bass/leader; Jerome Jennings: drums
Engineered by John Kilgore Sound and Recording Photography by Koko Sugiyama Burr

Very Good Year (Jon Burr Quintet) is a “hard bop” jazz record.

Many of the compositions are based on the chord schemes of well known jazz standards. Jon Burr’s tunes “All The Things You Ate,” “Cherry Keys,” “Savoy Fare,” and “Out of This Word” are titled closely enough to reveal their harmonic sources, as is Mike Eckroth’s “Always Let Me Go.”

The “cover” songs are Jon’s arrangements of contemporary popular songs that fit within the feeling of the group’s music. Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t Worry About A Thing,” Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day,” and Ervin Drake’s “It Was A Very Good Year” lent themselves well to the playlist. The other originals are two blues-form based tunes, one of them Jon’s “Break Out The Blues” and Steven Frieder’s “Fried Blues.” Tim Ouimette contributed the melodic “Perowsky Line.”

Appearing to be half his 22 years but with lady-killer looks, Steven Frieder plays with a wisdom, fluency and humility that could be taken as proof of reincarnation. Jerome and Jon had recorded together with Houston Person (“The Art and Soul Of...”) Jerome proved to be a colossal and explosive while humorous and subtle talent when unleashed in the context of a jazz blowing date, and his contribution to the sound of the band is immense.

The recording session was one of those unforgettable occasions when synergy kicks in and the whole is much greater than the sum of the parts. Magic started to happen in the studio, and fifth member and studio engineer John Kilgore, a huge fan of the genre with long experience as an engineer for Vanguard Records, WRVR Radio and others, kept the fires burning with focused encouragement, insightful comments and seamless engineering work.
- Jon Burr

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Juerg Sommer

In Miles Davis’ and Horace Silver’s orbit (a Swiss newspaper recommendation)
Bassist Jon Burr can play swing like few of his peers, a skill perfected while playing in the bands of Buddy Rich, Stan Getz, Horace Silver, Stéphane Grappelli and others. As a highly esteemed artist, Burr became a much-sought-after sideman. Now, as leader of his own Quintet (trumpet, tenor saxophone, rhythm section) in the company of young talents, Burr is following the path of the Miles Davis Quintet of the ’50s as well as Horace Silver’s, with an absolutely convincing original approach, resulting in an artistically successful new reading in the rich traditions of Hardbop and Postbop.
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