Recording with pianist Kenny Werner in NY – Released on Jazzhead Aug 2014

Kenny Werner B&W II 300 dpiIMG_4419In the first week of October (2013) Rob Burke recorded with legendary pianist Kenny Werner. Repertoire  included original compositions from Rob Burke, Werner and Paul Grabowsky.

The recording was  held at the James Dolan Recording Studio New York University (NYU) and engineered by Paul Wickliffe who is a leading figure in the NY recording scene and released through Jazzhead Records.

“The idea of recording my own CD in New York was conceived in early 2013, but has been an aspiration since my early  formative years of playing music. Over the last 30 years of my professional playing life, I had enjoyed developing artistic relationships with  fantastic local musicians resulting in many CD recordings and performances nationally and Internationally,  but I felt  it was now time to collaborate with international artists that would further develop my creative scope outside ‘my village’,  and a deeper understanding of music in a  global sense of music-making.

The recording came to fruition with the help of Dave Schroeder (director of Jazz at NYU), who organised the recording studio engineer (Paul Wickliffe)  and introduced me to brilliant New York jazz  pianist  Kenny Werner.  Kenny and I discussed the rhythm section needed for the recording and suggested musicians that he had a strong rapport with: Johannes Weidenmueller and Richie Barshay – an empathy that  is evident in this recording. The repertoire selected is a combination of Kenny Werner’s and my compositions and a beautiful tune composed by Paul Grabowsky.” – Rob Burke

The band:

Rob Burke – Tenor Sax

Kenny Werner – Piano

Richie Barshay – Drums/Percussion

Johannes Weidenmueller – Bass

The recording is supported by:

  • Australia Council
  • Monash Arts Faculty Grants

ABC Jazz – CD of the week