EYE TO EYE Vol 1+2

Kevin Hunt and Don Burrows
Volumes 1 and 2
Recorded 2000, 2004, and 2006
Nominated for
Best Jazz Recording
The Bells, Australian Jazz Award 2007

To Purchase, Please email kevin.hunt1@bigpond.com

Don Burrows and I have recorded and released this recording to document and reflect on our musical journey since 1996. Hundreds of hours travelling, performing and teaching together has produced many great musical moments and compositions.

On these recordings, Don's compositions and playing are of striking excellence and are of great significance to jazz in Australia. His amazing range of instrumental variety, Clarinet, Flutes, Alto and Tenor saxophones, Percussion and his exquisite music making are all on show in these recordings.

A special feature of this recording, are the interesting cross-cultural compositions and performances influenced by our lengthy travels throughout South America.

Buenos Air, Mar Del Plata and Interlude are specifically influenced by Tango. Our associations with the musicians of Argentina on two separate tours produced these compositions. We have improvised and composed here in our own way, though clearly with the rhythmic and harmonic influence of Tango. Merida is a composition influenced by the Mexican music of the place Merida, on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. This place holds special memories for both of us.

Don has a special connection with Brazil. He speaks the language, and deeply loves Brazilian music. We have had two great tours there since 1996, producing a lot of music and friendships. Triste and Loro composed by two very famous Brazilian friends of Don's, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Egberto Gismonti, are pieces we have performed frequently in Brazil.

Don's compositions, Babinda and You Never Knew are influenced by Brazilian music.

Jazz Standards and the Great American Song Book are of course an important part of our repertoire.
Don has taught me many of the 'standards' I know, and these tunes make up the core repertoire of our 'classic jazz' style. Daydream, Our Love Is Here To Stay, You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To, I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans, I've Got A Crush On You, Time On My Hands.

But That Was Yesterday is a blues composition of Don's, heavily disguised by his brilliant unique harmony. This tune gives us a good opportunity to play a 'swing in 3', and could well become an Australian Jazz Standard.

Maybe Tomorrow a composition of Don's that also could become an Australian Jazz Standard. It is a rewarding challenge to play with its clever harmonic and rhythmic shifts.

Brown Shoes Blues composed by Michael Bartolomei, is a 'funky' blues for electric piano and flute. This piece has been a wonderful piece for our performances all over the world, including China. Don Burrow's own style in the 1970s like many jazz performers, fused with rock and funk styles. I started my musical career in the 1970s as a rock musician, so this fusing of styles works well for me — Kevin Hunt

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