Primary Instrument: Guitar
As a popular sideman, seven string guitarist Bob Burnett has supported among others, Doobie Brothers bassist Tiran Porter, Jazz Steel Pan player Andy Narell, World Beat stars Pele Juju, Nigerian Afro-Beat All-Star Danjuma Adamu, Kenny Stahl and children’s musician Bob Reid. Burnett was also a regular on Kid’s Clubhouse KTEH TV and has shared the stage with Emeril, Tony Curtis and Bruce Willis.
Bob also founded the band Haven Terrace which included members Jeff Ballard, Kenny Wollesen and Andy Connell. His other original project, Loops and Lines, released a CD and played the Kuumbwa Jazz Center and San Jose Jazz Festival.
Bob’s musical odyssey has landed him on stage at High Sierra Music Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Utah Arts Festival, Alaska State Fair, Oregon Country Fair and major SF venues Slims and Great America Music Hall.
His latest CD, When You Hear Music, features Paul Contos (sax), Dan Robbins (bass), Steve Robertson and Jimmy Norris (traps), and Rhan Wilson (tabla, bongos and assorted percussion).
When You Hear Music reviews
When your musical tastes and influences are as eclectic as those of nu-jazz guitarist Bob Burnett, it helps to not have to confine your prowess to the instrument’s traditional six strings. The seven-string guitarist, consummate sideman and longtime local musician has just released his latest disc, When You Hear Music, which bears a thoughtful collection of varied originals, ranging from the organic smooth jazz of “New Love” to the quirky, vintage stroll of “Igor’s Swing” to the keen flute, guitar and sax solos underscored by trafficscape in “Back East.”
After having put his time in over the course of three decades as the consummate Santa Cruz working musician, he's certainly earned a place on the short list for honorary localhood... In the decades since, he's rarely taken the spotlight but has nevertheless played an essential role in the Santa Cruz music community...But it's been a long time since he took front stage as a solo artist. His last release was 1998's Loops & Lines, a well-regarded loop- and sample-based project. His new effort, When You Hear Music, comes almost a decade later, and it finds Burnett taking many of the concepts he teased out with Loops & Lines in unexpected directions... Burnett has expanded all of his previous boundaries, and it appears to be paying off. And after years of lying low, it appears the Bob Burnett solo machine might be kicking into full gear.
Loops and Lines review
Armed with a acoustic guitar and sampler that turns out meditative beats, this musician embraces technology without sacrificing his soul
Aidin Vaziri/ BAM
Santa Cruz, CA