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An understudy and collaborator with jazz and avant-garde legends going as far back as Max Roach and Laurie Anderson, and then immersing himself in session and soundtrack work, Rob Burger is one of the most consistently undervalued figures in music over the last quarter of a century. The Grid is his latest solo album. 

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REVIEWS

The Grid by Rob Burger
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8/10 Jamie 20 June 2019

This guy. This guy has worked with, amongst others: Laurie Anderson, Iron & Wine and Nick Cave! He formed Tin Hat Trio in San Francisco with albums that featured Tom Waits and Willie Nelson; and if all that name-dropping wasn’t quite enough for all of us, he also quite tellingly studied African American Studies and improvisation under the tutelage of Yusef Lateef no less. He has the experience and the CV and the chops to match, he is… Rob! Burger!

And if you’re like me, that name may have already conjured up for you images of viscerality, meatiness and manliness. But clearly Mr Burger is a man of sophistication and his recipe is one of blood, yes, but also tenderness and succulence. I’m sorry. I don’t even eat meat.

Opening track ‘Alternate Star’ is a piano-led beauty that brings to mind the stately sadness of Goldmund or Dustin O’Halloran. ‘Harmonious Gathering’ nods to Kraut legends Harmonia and Cluster with its wafts of airy synths, shimmering drum machine and Eno-ish guitar breezes.

The Eno and, yes, Roedelius reminders keep on floatin’ in on a fluffy cloud of blissful guitar and piano led ambience, on ‘Walk The Plank’ and the gloriously insistent, trance-inducing title track. It also reminds that Burger is quite the keyboardist, with counterpoint flourishes twinkling and flowing into one expanding ocean of sound. This is beautiful, juicy stuff. Is it lunchtime yet?




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