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December Jazz at Black Zia

POSTED ON December 01, 2014

Dec 3: Ryan Burns Trio –

The Ryan Burns Trio explores the classic piano trio format, much in the lineage of greats Ahmad Jamal, Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans. RBT consists of fretless electric bassist Steve Kim and drummer Jacques Willis, and Burns experimenting with various analog keyboard sounds.

The Seattle Weekly writes “Burns has a fantastically fertile brain, prodding the music with unexpected voicings and twisted runs; as with the best pianists, his comping is as intriguing as his solos.”

Dec 10: Eagle’s Idea –

Eagle’s Idea is a twist on the classic Hammond organ trio, featuring the great Joe Doria (McTuff, Michael Shreive’s Spellbinder) – Hammond B-3, Ryan Burns (Flight To Mars, Bebop and Destruction) – Piano and Moog, and Eric Eagle (Jesse Sykes, Wayne Horvitz) – Drums.

Dec 17: Being John McLaughlin – 296330930560484/

Being John McLaughlin is the clever name for the local ad-hoc sextet tackling the phenomenally complex, combustible, and beautiful music of 1970s jazz-fusion deities Mahavishnu Orchestra. McLaughlin is, of course, MO’s superhumanly dexterous guitarist/leader and one of the catalysts in Miles Davis’s paradigm-shifting electric period. His group’s first two albums— 1971’s Inner Mounting Flame and 1973’s Birds of Fire—remain overwhelming sources of quicksilver inventiveness and spiritual profundity (go to “The Noonward Race” for instant proof) on the level of those early Tony Williams Lifetime LPs, Miles’s Dark Magus, and Return to Forever’s Romantic Warrior.

-Dave Segal (The Stranger)

Tristan Gianola — Guitar
Mark Taylor – Sax
Alicia DeJoie — Violin
Ryan Burns — Keyboards
Geoff Harper — Bass
John Bishop — Drums


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