"''A beautiful suite in seven parts (unfortunately only 45 minutes) and an example for impressionistic jazz that will still be current tomorow.''"Piano wereld, 01-7-2016
Markus Burger is a German born, L.A. based pianist, composer and band leader. 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 11 albums, featuring his own compositions and arrangements, among them, his most recent release, "The L.A. Sessions" with his newly formed jazz collaborative, Accidental Tourists. “The L.A. Sessions," released by Challenge Records in 2012 (2013 worldwide), is the first of what Burger hopes will be a series of albums, and sees him launching his collaborative by teaming up with jazz veterans, drummer Joe LaBarbera (Bill Evans, Art Pepper and Tony Bennett) and bassist Bob Magnusson (Art Pepper, Bill Evans). After months of composing and arranging, sifting through his favorite standards, and figuring out where and with whom to record first, Burger found himself serendipitously (and accidentally) launching his musical trek in his own “backyard" of Los Angeles, collaborating with the former rhythm section of his idol and early jazz influencer, piano legend Bill Evans. In addition to Accidental Tourists, Burger has been playing to sold-out audiences around the world with his Spiritual Standards duo project, with Berlin-based saxophonist Jan Von Klewitz. Spiritual Standards, the project, is a collection of contemporary jazz improvisations of Johann Sebastian Bach’s greatest chorals and masterpieces, which at one point, made it into the Top 20 in the German Jazz charts in 1999. The duo were also the winners of the coveted 2000 Bach Award of the city of Erfurt, Germany. His second album, The Smile of the Honeycake Horse, with his quartet Septer Bourbon, received rave reviews from the European press and Down Beat Magazine in the United States, and achieved something of a “cult following” in Germany.
''A beautiful suite in seven parts (unfortunately only 45 minutes) and an example for impressionistic jazz that will still be current tomorow.''
Piano wereld, 01-7-2016
"intelligent, vivid, transparent, contemplative, inspired an inspiring music"
"What a delight to experience Kenny Wheeler on the peak of being creatively motivated."
''It's great that this one off concert is released, because 23 years later it still sounds amazing! A dignified homage to the great Kenny Wheeler.''
[...] The cd is subtitled: A Tribute To Kenny Wheeler. Wheeler, a very prominent Canadian trumpeter / flugelhoornist died in September 2014 at the age of 84. That must have made Burger remember they ever gave a special concert together which was never released. They wrote an eight-piece suite, which they perform with among others Kenny Wheeler and singer Norma Winstone. Her contributions are sometimes grotesque but especially the interplay between the blower and Burger on piano is often exhilarating. [...]
de Volkskrant, 06-1-2016
"It's beautiful music performed by outstanding musicians, that in ensemble and in their solo's bring up all kinds of moods (from wild and raw to sentimental and romantic)."
Piano wereld, 01-1-2016