"This recording is about discovery," writes Burk in the liner notes. "The intent of the music on Nothing, Knowing, as a whole, is to facilitate a wide range of emotional, sonic and spiritual creativity. As I've discovered on previous recordings, this approach keeps me more open to the realm of discovery, more attuned to the moment. An improviser, I believe, should enjoy the challenge and joy of embracing different contexts for communicating in music. In the moments of discovery this process brings about, the world expands to infinity and the familiar becomes fascinating, returning us to the childlike state of knowing less and seeing more. This is the spirit I hope I have captured here."
Burk has lived and performed all over the world, establishing himself both as a vital sideman/composer and a bandleader with the rare ability to combine memorable original compositions with a desire to push the creative envelope as an improviser. Before moving to Rome in June 2004, he was a longtime member of the Boston music scene, where he built his reputation teaching at Boston's Berklee College of Music, performing/composing with bands such as the Either/Orchestra, and leading his own groups featuring jazz luminaries including Jerry Bergonzi, Gerald Cleaver, Garrison Fewell and Bob Moses among many others.
Critics have called him an "exceptional pianist/composer" (All Music Guide), "a pianist with a gift for melody and a generous touch that makes you want to like him" (LA Weekly), and "a pianist and composer with vigorous, freewheeling ideas that always feel grounded within a well-reasoned structure" (Boston Herald). AllAboutJazz.com reviewer Budd Kopman writes, "Burk has in himself, and strives to bring out in his sidemen, that which I consider one of the highest achievements in jazz: the ability to be rhythmically free, while all the time maintaining audible contact with the prevailing pulse, giving the impression that he could touch down onto it whenever he wants."
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