One of the most unusual pairings of solo piano and violin songs you'll ever find. John R. Burr and Mads Tolling take mastery of their instruments to a new level.
The album was started on the day our lockdown in Califormia started - a time when we didn't know much about the Covid-19 virus. There were moments when we thought we may not see each other again, let alone play and record together. Completing the cycle, John and Mads were the first back into the studio when the lockdown limits were lifted. Both of them have returned to performing.
Recorded live in the studio, performing in the same room without headphones using the proprietary E.S.E. methods. Cookie Marenco and Patrick O'Connor recorded direct to DSD256 at OTR Studios.
About John R Burr
After years of touring with such artists as Maria Muldaur, The Alison Brown Quartet, Paul McCandless, Michael Manring and Kathy Kallick and recognition including a feature spot on Windham Hill’s Piano Sampler II, Burr is stepping out with this duo album with Mads Tolling on violin. His playing is as likely to be inspired by James Taylor or Doctor John as by Oscar Peterson or the Yellowjackets although he says it is his love of folk music that has influenced him most. His musical diversity has enabled him to tour and record with a variety of artists and has made him the ideal pianist for the ground breaking folk/jazz group, The Alison Brown Quartet. Burr explains, “I play a sort of jazz piano version of the vocal music that I love to listen to. That’s what influences me. I love to play and study jazz but I listen to vocal, folk/singer/songwriter music. I’m always searching for that melodic song-like quality when I improvise.”
About Mads Tollling
MADS TOLLING is an internationally renowned violinist and composer originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, now living in San Francisco. As a former nine-year member of both bassist Stanley Clarke’s band and the celebrated Turtle Island Quartet, Mads won two Grammy Awards, and he was nominated for a third Grammy in 2015. He was the 2016 winner of the DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star Violin Award. Mads has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron, Paquito D’Rivera, Leo Kottke and members of the Grateful Dead. Mads is a current member of Bob Weir’s Wolf Bros an Wolf Pack Band. Mads is known around the world for playing in festivals, concert halls and the largest stages.