Born: June 24, 1969 Primary Instrument: Piano
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)....
Burk's touch on the piano remains confident and even, his statements being
made with proficiency
and concision and without overstatement.
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
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.
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
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
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
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