Reviews and Press

Up & Up

POSTED ON August 30, 2020 | POSTED IN: Uncategorized

Overall Impression: Ryan Burns is back at it from the confines of quarantine with the cleverly structured sonic experience, Up & Up!  Spritely keys, gritty bass, and bright horns mingle with warmly implemented electric guitar as Up & Up climbs ever higher throughout the track – giving the impression of a never ending trek upwards … Read More

Postponed Parade (Single)

POSTED ON June 09, 2020 | POSTED IN: Uncategorized

With a bright, fun, and groovy feel, Postponed Parade is the celebration we need!  … Read More

Boogaloo Bird – Song Review

POSTED ON May 12, 2020 | POSTED IN: News, Reviews

Boogaloo Bird is overclocked with skilled solos, exciting harmonic development, and a deeply satisfying sense of groove! With the additional detail that this song was recorded in quarantine, it stands to serve as a positive example of excellence in musical collaboration while we continue to work our way around the pandemic, showing that distance does not deter quality in terms of musicianship!

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Earshot Magazine: Live at The Lab

POSTED ON July 16, 2015 | POSTED IN: Uncategorized

For those who appreciate a group with a fully realized identity, listen to this. For those who appreciate creative music that has one foot firmly rooted in tradition while the other steps forward, buy this album out of sheer principle.

– Chris Robinson … Read More

All About Jazz: Birds

POSTED ON July 16, 2015 | POSTED IN: Uncategorized

A fine pianist, Burns is virtuosic and always adventurous on the electric side of the keyboard spectrum. … Read More

All About Jazz: Tree-O

POSTED ON November 03, 2008 | POSTED IN: Reviews

by Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz Tree-O, a Ryan Burns-led piano trio affair, caught me by surprise. I was already familiar with Burns’ work with Matt Jorgensen + 451 on the CD Hope (Origin Records, ’04) and an excellent live show with that group at Dizzy’s in San Diego, so I thought this effort would fall … Read More

Jazz Times Review: Thomas Marriott Crazy: The Music of Willie Nelson

POSTED ON October 30, 2008 | POSTED IN: Reviews

by Thomas Conrad Thomas Marriott is one of two first-tier trumpet players to come out of Seattle in the last decade. The other is Cuong Vu. Marriott is the more “inside” of the two, but not by much. Crazy is creatively off-the-wall. It is also a sincerely affectionate tribute. Marriott does not offer bebop versions … Read More

Jazz Times Review: Matt Jorgensen + 451, Another Morning

POSTED ON October 15, 2008 | POSTED IN: Reviews

On the Seattle quartet’s first recording since Hope in 2004, Matt Jorgensen + 451 continues to explore a particular brand of jazz-rock fusion that is more subtle than your average pounding, thrashing, over-the-top variety. However, leader Jorgensen’s fiery and excessively busy drumming often overwhelms and distracts from the group sound as well as the soloists. … Read More

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