George Burton

pianist - composer - arranger - educator

Group 5        Quintet        Holiday

"George Burton represents what many of Jazz's most exciting figures hoped the genre would become: precarious, dynamic, revolutionary...unable to be contained." — Daniel Palmer, Nextbop

The Truth Of What I Am > The Narcissist

INTERVIEW:  George Burton talks about his debut album with Simon Rentner on WBGO's "The Checkout" (aired 2/27/17)

Top Debuts of 2016, NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

Nextbop's Top Ten Jazz Albums of 2016

2016 Rookie of the Year, Nippertown News

"[George Burton] finds truth in a world of phoniness. ... His long-awaited debut... reflects Burton’s broadminded tastes – the freedom, as he puts it, of 'not just being stuck on one very particular genre of jazz.'” Nate Chinen, WBGO

"A fantastic statement of modern jazz." Chris Tart, DownBeat Magazine (Mar 2017)

"George Burton's piano playing has a ... shining quality to it. ... [Burton's] vision, a smart melodic postbop with strong elements of R&B and hip-hop ... The Truth [Of What I Am] bursts with promise." —Michael J. West, JazzTimes (Mar 2017)

"Burton's album is an absolute joy to experience ... one of the most exciting debuts I have heard in years."  —Daniel Palmer, Nextbop

"[A] strong and often surprising debut ... There is a prevailing hard bop intensity as well as an inward lyricism in Burton's writing." —David Adler, NYC Jazz Record

"Thought-provoking, contains many fresh melodies and ideas, covers a wide range of emotions, and is filled with surprises." —Scott Yanow,  L.A. JazzScene (Feb 2017)

"The depth and soul in The Truth makes your head hurt, because your jaw keeps dropping to the floor on every tune."  —J. Hunter, Nippertown News

"Wildly diverse but conceptually cohesive ... maintain[s] a consistent voice coupling jazz intensity with hard-driving grooves and adventurous melodic ideas." —Shaun Brady, XPN The Key

"Strong writing and deep pulses make this a winner." —George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

"George Burton's debut album instantly puts him on the jazz map." —Ron Netsky, Rochester City Newspaper

Inner Circle Music 2016

Inner Circle Music 2016

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