Debbie Burke

Jazz Author


December 2017

Uncontainable and Unnamable: Let Urban Renewal Project Grab Ya

Jazz, rap and big band melted together doesn’t begin to describe it. Add in a torch song or modern love anthem, bright funky horns, staccato-energy rap and sweet melodies. Urban Renewal Project is all that and more. Taking the best... Continue Reading →

Bringing the Love in All Registers

Starting with bold, decisive intervals falling down the scale and punctuated subtly by drums, the title song of Kenny Shanker’s new CD “The Witching Hour” opens to a wide and expressive solo where Kenny swings. The man’s not afraid of... Continue Reading →

Don’t You Forget It: Paquito is Forever Saxy

Skimping on an intro of Paquito D’Rivera would only occur in journalism because of his intense fame and signature sound, ingrained in jazz and Latin music devotees around the globe. So no, he doesn’t need to be introduced. But he... Continue Reading →

Artist, Technician and Choreographer of Notes

When you get discovered by an absolute icon of big band like Doc Severinsen…you know you're on a track that’s right and tight. Jazz pianist Mary Louise Knutson has fingers that communicate by dancing on the keys on, say, “Bernie’s... Continue Reading →

The Glee of the Alan Benzie Trio

Take some Scottish folk music and mix liberally with a love for Japanese animation. Alan Benzie insists there are overlaps that fuel his imagination. There’s a playful and jaunty quality to “Frog Town on the Hill” as his Trio –... Continue Reading →

Drummer’s Originality Gleams Like a Cymbal in CD “#1”

Tender is the flute on Igor Willcox’s “Waltz for My Love” from the recent CD “#1”. The percussion comes in, having equal weight yet retaining the delicacy of the piece; that would be Igor, enhancing the flavor of the song... Continue Reading →

The Doctor Is In: Lower Your Blood Pressure with Mr. Jaee Logan

With a groove as smooth as silk threads in a kimono, producer and musician Jaee Logan knows how to lay it down: easy and light, airy and sweet, with a touch of funk. His song “Morning” infuses its catchy beat... Continue Reading →

Planting a Flag: Humankind Can Be United Through Music

A contrabass guitarist originally from Columbia, Juan García-Herreros - also known as Snow Owl -  tells true tales with an elegant and sensitive touch. They have a shining beauty and transport the listener, yet, sometimes to places colored with sadness.... Continue Reading →

Verve, Swerve and the Appeal of Diego Urcola

Sweet, natural runs joining phrases together and embellishments like vibrato when you need it (not when you don’t) is the prescription for phenomenal jazz by trumpet player Diego Urcola. Informed by his Argentinian heritage, Diego has taken the horn to... Continue Reading →

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