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Greg Burk

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: June 24, 1969    

Greg Burk

Pianist/composer/educator Greg Burk has lived, studied, educated and performed around the world. Over the last decade, living and working in Detroit, Boston and now Rome, he has established himself not only as a vital sideman, but also as a leader with the rare ability to combine original compositions with memorable melodies and a desire to push the creative envelope as an improviser.

He has been called “an exceptional pianist/composer” (All Music Guide), “a pianist and composer with vigorous, freewheeling ideas that always feel grounded within a well-reasoned structure” (Boston Herald), “a pianist with a gift for melody and a generous touch that makes you want to like him” (LA Weekly), and a musician that “plays with an apparent love and passion for his craft” (AllAboutJazz)....
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”...a pianist with a gift for melody and a generous touch that makes you want to like him...”
LA Weekly

”Burk's touch on the piano remains confident and even, his statements being made with proficiency and concision and without overstatement.”
Cadence

”With this release, Burk displays a penchant for pursuing lushly melodic themes interspersed with a distinct sense of poise to complement his altogether laudable faculties. Simply put, there's a lot of goodness going on here, as the pianist bobs, weaves, and dances atop the rhythm section's bouncy swing grooves. Listeners can look forward to hearing more from this exceptional pianist/ composer.”
All Music Guide

”Why don't more ensembles try to unite the spontaneity of free jazz with the discipline of straightahead, as the Greg Burk Quartet does on Carpe Momentum (Soul Note)? Probably because it's really hard. Nevertheless, pianist/composer Burk has found a way to write pieces that incorporate elements of both, and he and his bandmates Jerry Bergonzi (saxophones), Jonathan Robinson (bass), and Gerald Cleaver (drums) have found a way to play them brilliantly...Carpe Momentum is mesmerizing from the get-go.”
JazzTimes

”Greg Burk comes along for the third time as leader with Nothing, Knowing and proves beyond any shade of doubt that he has the distinct ability to turn a tune into an exciting and imaginative journey.”
All About Jazz

”This program definitely keeps one guessing, for Burk is difficult to easily categorize as anything but a creative jazz musician. His interplay with his sidemen is nearly telepathic at times (they all have big ears) and they consistently shift musical directions and share thoughts together. Listeners who enjoy explorative and passionate jazz improvising will definitely want this outing.”
All Music Guide

”Technically, Burk is a complete pianist, and he’s intellectually curious enough to exploit the instrument’s total sound-making capacity.”
Chris Kelsey, JazzTimes

”In the end, this very moving music compels introspection as we watch and listen while Burk brings us into intimate contact with his soul, both human and musical.”
All About Jazz

”Beauty remains at the top of his list, as Burk invents tone poems that cast impressions with connotations far and wide. The delicate touch of his keyboard and the care with which he operates the pedals allow Burk to communicate in a manner that we can all understand and enjoy.”
Cadence

  • The Path Here

    482 Music
    2011
  • Unduality

    Accurate Records
    2010
  • Many Worlds

    482 Music
    2010
  • Many Worlds

    DIW Records
    2009
  • Berlin Bright

    Black Saint
    2008
  • Ivy Trio

    482 Music
    2007
  • The Way In

    482 Music
    2006
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