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Dave Burrell

Burrell in 2007
Background information
Birth name Herman Davis Burrell
Born September 10, 1940 (1940-09-10) (age 69)
Origin Middletown, Ohio
Genres jazz
Instruments piano
Years active 1970s — present
Associated acts Untraditional Jazz Improvisational Team
360 Degree Music Experience

Davis Burrell (born September 10, 1940) is an American jazz instrumentalist, most notably on the piano. He has worked for many jazz musicians including Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders, Marion Brown and David Murray.



Born in Middletown, Ohio, Howard grew a fondness for jazz after meeting Herb Jeffries at a young age.[1] Howard studied music until 1960 at the University of Hawaii before transferring to Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts in 1961. He moved to New York City in 1966 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 1968, Burrell helped co-found another band, 360 Degree Music Experience, with Grachan Moncur and drummer Beaver Harris. They eventually released one album, In: Sanity, in 1977. Around the same time, he composed a jazz opera, entitled Windward Passages with his good friend Murray. An album based on the opera would be released in 1979.

Still touring, Burrell performs as a soloist and as a leader of a duo and African ensemble. Burrell now records for the High Two label from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His 2004 album Expansion (with bassist William Parker and drummer Andrew Cyrille) was acclaimed by NPR, Downbeat, Village Voice, JazzTimes, The Wire, and others. In 2006, Burrell released Consequences (Amulet Records), a dynamic live duet set with drummer Billy Martin and Momentum, featuring bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Guillermo E. Brown.



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