Jon Burr Quintet "Very Good Year" CD Release Celebration

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Jon Burr Quintet "Very Good Year" CD Release Celebration

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

Birdland NYC


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There is a $10.00 food or drink minimum per person. Dinner is served between 5pm-1am.

Jon Burr Quintet "Very Good Year" CD Release Celebration
Jon Burr Quintet "Very Good Year" CD Release Celebration
Jon Burr, bass/leader
Tim Ouimette, trumpet
Steven Frieder, tenor sax
Mike Eckroth, piano
Jerome Jennings, drums

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." - from the liner notes, "Very Good Year"

"Now we're talking. Hard bop jazz fans need look no further than this new record, Very Good Year, by the Jon Burr Quintet, coming out on Oct. 10, 2015. Led by a monster bass player, the Quintet is comprised of fearless movers and shakers, New York musicians to the core: Pianist Mike Eckroth, drummer Jerome Jennings, tenor Steven Frieder, and trumpeter Tim Ouimette. Together with his Quintet, Burr's latest invention gives a much-needed punch to the dying art form of hard bop, a style many jazz musicians fear to tread. Burr eats hard bop for lunch, purposely selecting popular covers, standard bearers, and cooking up a hard bop lover's dream in the selection of 12 songs meant to put on blast full volume." - Carol Banks Weber AXS Contributor

"Jon Burr is a fabulous leader, composer and, especially with this recording, arranger. As a fan one should have a field day listening for all the clever musical signposts and touchstones he includes in each track. This is an enthusiastic project and forward thinking artists like Burr and company are certainly leading the charge." - Eric Harabadian, Jazz Inside Magazine