Debbie Burke

Jazz Author


February 2019

Blazing a New Trail: Indian Harmonies from Shubh Saran

He didn’t intentionally set out to form a septet, but seven is the lucky number in Shubh Saran’s new EP called HADD (the title is an acronym for "Hypersensitive Agency Detection Device" which is a reference to ascribing everyday occurrences... Continue Reading →

Illuminating Jazz with Steve Mynett

Consider this shot of Houston Person, up close and very personal; an intimate portrait that radiates heat right off the page, communicating the iconic master’s artistic passion. Steve Mynett is behind the lens of a career full of such splendid... Continue Reading →

Romantic Immersion on new CD “Blue Cat” from Dimitri K

  Dimitri K has mastered – very easily, it seems – the smooth groove on piano and guitar. He proves his prowess with the new instrumental release “Blue Cat.” The song “I Saw Her” is the ultimate definition of romance,... Continue Reading →

Masterful Rivulets: The Andrew Rathbun Quintet

In “Character Study,” Canadian-born sax player (now stateside) Andrew Rathbun leads a serious quintet that cooks a multi-course meal and serves it jumping around, ladling mind-blowing flavors on every plate. While his lone sax thoughtfully breathes an undeniably gorgeous melody... Continue Reading →

Ben Paterson on Keys: Style and Tenderness

There is spark, spirit and affirmation in the music of Ben Paterson, whose command of piano and organ is an amazing treat for the ears. Jauntily upbeat, “I’m Old Fashioned” and the glissando-laced “Isn’t She Lovely” showcase Paterson’s sense of... Continue Reading →

Op Ed: Winter Jazz Fest

E.J. Decker sings out in a stunning baritone most of the time, but here he opines on the Winter Jazzfest that took place in New York City in early January. Promoters, organizers, future attendees: take note and take notes. Was... Continue Reading →

Living in the Smooth Corners with Sax Player/Vocalist Michael J. Thomas

The slickest groove possibly ever comes from an original song by Michael J. Thomas called “Baby Coffee.” Thomas croons into the sax, giving it a suggestive throatiness while positivity floats over the melody, making it like audio crack. The hyper-energetic... Continue Reading →

Balance, Color and Harmony in the Yaniv Taubenhouse Trio

Subtly sailing along in a way that elicits an all-over feel-goodism, the title track for Yaniv Taubenhouse’s new CD, “Perpetuation - Moments in Trio Volume 2,” glows like a welcomed candle in the dark. Taubenhouse (trained in several instruments but... Continue Reading →

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