"The musicians play the notes effortlessly intertwine with each other: it becomes a round whole."Jazzenzo, 02-4-2013
Markus Burger (born September 30, 1966) is a German pianist, composer and music educator currently residing in Santa Monica, California, who teaches at Los Angeles City College and Fullerton College in Los Angeles. He works in a variety of genres, including jazz, New Age, chamber and film.
His music has been performed in Europe, the former Soviet Union, Africa, and most recently in the United States. He began studying piano at age six and later earned his Diplom in Performing Arts from the Essen Folkwang Hochschule in Germany, a B.A. in piano and Composition from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands and a Certification in Popular Music from the University of Hamburg, Germany. He studied with Peter Walter, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler and Kenny Werner.
He has released eight albums, featuring his own compositions and arrangements, among them, his two most recent releases, Genesis and Tertia. His CD Genesis, an avant-garde jazz collaboration with renowned drummer Matt Marucci, has received raving reviews from jazz critics in the United States while his latest Spiritual Standards project Tertia, with Berlin-based saxophonist Jan Von Klewitz, made its debut during a nationally televised performance in Germany on New Year's Day, 2005. His second album, The Smile of the Honeycake Horse, with his quartet Septer Bourbon, received wide acclaim from the European press and Down Beat Magazine in the United States and achieved something of a “cult following” in Germany. His Spiritual Standards project, a collection of contemporary jazz improvisations of Johann Sebastian Bach’s greatest chorals and masterpieces, was performed at sold out venues in Germany, Poland, Italy and the United States, later moving to the top 20 in the German Jazz charts in 1999.
In developing his signature sound over the years, Burger drew his influences from a wide range of musical styles including J.S. Bach, Claude Debussy, Keith Jarrett, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Pat Metheny, Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Sting.
The musicians play the notes effortlessly intertwine with each other: it becomes a round whole.
A winning set throughout that jaded ears will embrace.
a nicely balanced, engaging set
Dynamic variation and the shifting roles of soloist and accompanist continually gratify. Burger's admirable use of space lets Magnusson and LaBarbera bubble up from within the ensemble ... a great blessing to pianist and listener alike
The L.A. Sessions get better with each play.
The interplay [drummer (Labarbera) and bassist (Magnusson)] with pianist Markus Burger is exemplary.
Brawny bass tones undergird the ensemble like strong, pliable floor joists and LaBarbera engages in exciting metric dialogue on rhythm tunes.
... infectious, well-crafted compositions played by a stellar trio.
All About Jazz, 29-10-2012
... an unbelievably good trio jazz album
I Dig Jazz, 23-10-2012
Markus Burger is, like so many of today's jazz people, classically trained and it shows in his impeccable renditions of his own and other's compositions.
BeBop Spoken Here, 17-10-2012
All in all, this is a remarkably good outing...
Audiophile Audition, 16-10-2012
New sounds... There is nothing that excites me more than stumbling on to an artist that has taken the time to develop their own voice.
Critical Jazz, 10-10-2012
"Morning Smile" is an elegant ballad that closes the album, leaving the listener wanting more.
All Music, 04-6-2012