Dave Burrell

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Dave Burrell
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Burrell in 2007
Background information
Birth name Herman Davis Burrell
Born (1940-09-10) September 10, 1940 (age 75)
Origin Middletown, Ohio, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Instruments Piano
Years active 1970s–present
Associated acts Untraditional Jazz Improvisational Team
The 360 Degree Music Experience
Website daveburrell.com

Dave Burrell (born September 10, 1940) is an American jazz pianist. He has worked for many jazz musicians including Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders, Marion Brown and David Murray.


Born in Middletown, Ohio, Dave grew a fondness for jazz after meeting Herb Jeffries at a young age.[1] Dave studied music until 1960 at the University of Hawaii before transferring to Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts in 1961. He first worked around Boston and then settled in on the Lower East Side in New York City in 1965 after graduating with a degree in musical composition. During his years there, he started a band called the Untraditional Jazz Improvisational Team with saxophonist Byard Lancaster, bassist Sirone, and drummer Bobby Kapp. In 1965 he joined the groups of saxophonists Pharoah Sanders, 'Tauhid', Marion Brown 'Juba-Lee', 'Three for Shepp' and Archie Shepp, resulting in numerous recordings, among them For Losers, Kwanza, Live at the Pan-African Festival, Yasmina, Blase, Black Gypsy, Things Have Got to Change, Attica Blues, The Cry of My People, There Is a Trumpet in My Soul, Montreux One, and Montreux Two.

In 1968, Burrell helped co-found another band, The 360 Degree Music Experience, with Grachan Moncur and drummer Beaver Harris. They eventually released From Ragtime to No Time, in 1975, and In: Sanity, in 1977. Burrell's first recordings as leader, High and High Two, produced by Alan Douglas in 1968, were re-issued on Arista/Freedom 'High Won High Two in 1976. Burrell's Echo and La Vie de Boheme were recorded for BYG Actuel in Paris in 1969. In 1977 he made three recordings for Nippon Columbia, Teardrops for Jimmy, Round Midnight, and Lush Life. In 1978 he composed a jazz opera, entitled Windward Passages in collaboration with Swedish-born poet/lyricist Monika Larsson. An album, Windward Passages (hatHut Records, Switzerland) based on the opera was released in 1979. In 1988 Burrell joined tenor saxophonist David Murray. Their extensive touring and recodong collaborations resulted in duo recordings, Burrell's Daybreak (1989), Brother to Brother (1992), Gazell, In Concert (Victo, 1992), and Windward Passages (Black Saint, 1993). Burrell appears on Murray's DIW recordings Lovers, Deep River, Ballads, Spirituals, Tenors, Remembrances, and Picasso, recorded between 1988 and 1993.

Still touring, Burrell performs as a soloist and as a leader of a duo, trio and larger ensembles. Burrell recorded for the High Two label from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His 2004 album Expansion (with bassist William Parker and drummer Andrew Cyrille) was acclaimed by NPR, Down Beat, Village Voice, JazzTimes, The Wire, and others. Splasch Records in Italy released a studio solo piano recording, Margy Pargy in 2005. In 2006, Burrell released Consequences (Amulet), a live duet set with drummer Billy Martin and Momentum, featuring bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Guillermo E. Brown. RAI Trade, Italy did a live recording of some of Burrell and lyricist Monika Larsson's collaborations, Dave Burrell Plays His Songs, featuring singer Leena Conquest, that was released in 2010.


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Marion Brown

With David Murray

With William Parker

With Odeon Pope Saxophone Choir

With Archie Shepp

With Sonny Sharrock

With Clifford Thornton

  • Ketchaoua (BYG Actuel, 1967)


  1. ^ Chris Kelsey. "Biography of Dave Burrell". Retrieved 2006-12-11. 

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