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Lost Photograph by Rob Burger

Rob Burger is a King of the Keyboards, a multi-keys whiz kid who plays in the eclectic folk/jazz/tango Tin Hat Trio and whose resume includes the Oranj Symphonette, Bill Frisell and Norah Jones. Here, Burger leads his intrepid trio in a program of 14 good-humored yet heartfelt musical miniature moodpieces that display his love for and comfort with pre-1970s film music (especially Henry Mancini, to whose music the Oranj ones were dedicated), tango, klezmer, Gypsy/Rom and jazz. The qualities that makes Lost Photograph such a dee-lightful success are: a complete lack of we're-just-SO-hip kitschy-ness, and the terse interaction between the participants (not to mention their substantial chops). Kenny Wollesen has a light touch with an orchestral, colorful approach to his percussives and Greg Cohen (Tom Waits, Masada) plays like a flamenco-inspired Ray Brown. Burger doesn't aim to "dazzle" (though surely he could), but to generate mysterious moods, cool-thing style and atmosphere(s) so palpable you could practically taste the goulash or the rice pilaf, all while laying down sounds easy on the ear - this is yummy stuff, indeed.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Rob Burger
  • CD Title: Lost Photograph
  • Genre: Folk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: Tzadik
  • Musicians: R. Burger: many keyboards, bass harmonica, accordion, Indian banjo, etc.; Greg Cohen: bass; Kenny Wollesen: drums, vibes, percussion.
  • Rating: Three Stars
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