A general listing of Robert Burke’s recordings are displayed below:
2015 Power of the Idea
Saxophonist/composer Rob Burke recorded a CD in New York last July with the acclaimed American pair of bassist Mark Helias and drummer Nasheet Waits – both musicians considered archetypal improvisers on the New York scene – together with Melbourne colleagues Paul Williamson (trumpet), Jordan Murray (trombone) and Paul Grabowsky (piano).
The concept of the album was based on original compositions that informed free improvisation. The overarching theme being the ‘power of the idea’ with spontaneous improvisations that were perceived to be genuinely ‘in the moment’ as distinct from pre-conceived material.
2014 Do True
Do True with Robert Burke and Kenny Werner, came to fruition with the help of Dave Schroeder (director of Jazz at NYU). It was Schroeder who organised the recording and introduced Burke to brilliant New York jazz pianist Kenny Werner.
Discussions regarding the rhythm section that would be needed for the recording led to Werner suggesting 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, Robert Burke and a beautiful tune by Paul Grabowsky.
2012 Live at Bennetts Lane
With the breadth of experience and long standing connection being what it is, the quartet set their live performances alight. Now, recorded live for the first time, that flow and creativity which lifts this quartet above the rest, is captured in this expansive six track recording.
The selection of tracks was guided by the creativity within the performances of the group, and features compositions by Rodgers and Hart and Cole Porter alongside compositions by the Quartet.
“Live at Bennetts Lane” perfectly captures their definite live ensemble sound at its best, live on the bandstand.
Robert Burke – Tenor and Soprano Sax
Tony Gould – Piano
Nick Haywood – Bass
Tony Floyd – Drums
2010 Here (Rob Burke and Tony Gould)
Rob Burke (Sax) and Tony Gould (Piano) first recorded in the duet format in ‘96 (Gateway) followed by A Tin Roof For The Rain in ’99. They have also been performing regularly, for the last 15 years, together as a Quartet with Tony Floyd (Drums) and Nick Haywood (Bass). During this time the pair have created a steadfast foundation of musical understanding and expression.
The performance outcome of this musical relationship is the blend of a flexibility of ideas and which only time can nuture. Burke and Gould have spent much time debating technical aspects, styles and musical concepts of their new release “Here”; where every note has its own reason for existing.
Here is the title composition and a melodic link for the improvisations which offers continuity to the recording. While some of the compositions are mostly improvised, this is not always the rule as composition and improvisation are, at times difficult to define.
We hope you enjoy the beauty of sound that lies within HERE.
2005 The Edge Of Today (Rob Burke)
The Edge Of Today aims to identify a sample of the jazz scene by mapping out the differing styles of jazz featuring five of Australia’s leading guitarists. With mainly original tracks this CD demonstrates the artistic, social and cultural diversity of each player.
Featuring Rob Burke -sax, bass clarinet, flute, Doug de Vries, Slava Grigoryan, Stephen Magnusson, Geoff Hughes, Peter Petrucci -guitars, Tony Floyd -drums, Nick Haywood -bass.
2003 Wide Eyed (Rob Burke Quartet)
Robert Burke has been playing with members of this group for over 20 years, resulting in a strong musical understanding within the ensemble. The style of jazz (originals and jazz standards) is a result of influences from their own cultural and social “backyard” to produce an innovative and importantly, an Australian style of improvised music.
Tony Gould sets the scene which allows the rest of the group to create compositions that exemplify the melodic quality of Rob Burke on saxophones and alto clarinet, Tony Floyd’s drums and Nick Haywood’s bass.
‘This is music I love to play with my friends because of their honesty and their freedom to create music. Importantly, this CD is about a group of musicians expressing their collective emotions and ideas at the moment of performance. Our goals do not include preconceived agendas and formulas, just spontaneity and simply – improvisation.’ Rob Burke
Wide Eyed was the Rob Burke Quartet’s first release.
2002 Ears For Civil Engines (Various Artists)
The debut release for Jazzhead, Ears For Civil Engines, has been re-mastered and re-released. This collection of 13 original tunes by Australian jazz luminaries includes outstanding individual and ensemble playing. This set has everything: cutting edge modern jazz, cool jazz, bebop, swinging blues and piano based mood pieces.
Ears For Civil Engines features Rob Burke, Julien Wilson, Sam Keevers, Paul Grabowsky, Scott Tinkler and Tim Stevens. An illustration of just how good Australian jazz talent is – great songs and great blowin’.
2000 Offline (Dodge)
Dodge’s jazz / groove ethos sees our intrepid explorers acoustically travel the more funky, soul side of jazz. Offline, the band’s CD debut, holds the door open for serious improvisation and their organic, spontaneous approach is free of pretensions.
There are no bittersweet chord clusters and no “look at me playing”. Just the soul of Rob Burke’s sax and Russell Smith’s trumpet and trombone, mixed with Tony Floyd’s savage back beat all woven together with Nick Haywood’s bass lines. Offline not only feels good but is good for you.
1998. Gateway (Robert Burke and Tony Gould)
1997 Javabubbaboogaloo (Various Artists)
The third release from Jazzhead first hit the stores on 13 June 1997 and deserved eight of ten for its title alone. Now re-sequenced and re-mastered the stunning ARIA nominated Javabubbaboogaloo has been re-released. Featuring Ian Chaplin, James Sherlock, Rob Burke, Paul Williamson.
Javabubbaboogaloo showcases the talent of some of the best of the growing Melbourne scene’s hottest players in a mix-and-match line up that keeps your fingers snapping and your toes tapping with jazz grooves.
1997 A Tin Roof For The Rain (Rob Burke and Tony Gould)
The pieces on this recording represent the playing and compositions of musicians at a particular point in time, for beyond the introduction of themes the music is spontaneous, in keeping with the African-American tradition.
By its very nature it is music of the moment. Why record at all then? Well, it’s fun to do, it’s a great learning experience, it is an historical record which helps us to understand where we came from, where we are now and possibly where we are going. There is also the possibility that listeners are as distinct from players may want to enjoy the experience more than once!
The pieces were chosen for their melodic and harmonic material and thus their potential for variation and ins some cases development. They come from a diversity of minds and styles, from the talented young pianist/composer Tim Stevens who is rich with musical languages, to Leonard Bernstein’s marvelous “Somewhere”, to pieces by Rob and myself.
The title of the CD comes from the late John Sangster who once wrote in a memorable letter. “G’day luv, have just bought meself a little Queenslander with a tin roof for the rain…” His ingenious turns of phrase, were like his playing, full of surprises and quirks yet always beautiful and humanly musical. I hope some of this attitude can be heard here.