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I just finished listening to RRK's excellent "The Inflated Tear" for about the hundreth time and this time I was appreciating the piano work by Ron Burton.

I can't seem to find out anything about him. AMG is worthless and he doesn't seem to have been a leader on any albums.

Do any of the teeming millions (arcane cecil reference) know anything about this fine pianist?

B-)

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aka Rahn Burton.

Has recently played organ with multi-reedman Michael Marcus, and has recorded at least one trio session under his own name for the DIW label...

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Thanks!!!!! B-)

from AMG:

Rahn Burton

A fine pianist who began playing professionally in Louisville during the '50s. He started with Rahsaan Roland Kirk in 1953, and toured with him through the Midwest six years. One of Kirk's earliest Argo albums included a Burton composition. Burton toured with George Adams playing organ in the mid-'60s, following engagements in New York, Syracuse and Louisville, then worked in Atlanta with Sirone. Burton rejoined Kirk in the late '60s, playing with him until the mid-70s and making several recordings. He formed his own band, the African-American Connection, in the early '70s and has continued heading them at various points. He's played and recorded with Michael Carvin, Stanley Turrentine, Leon Thomas, Carlos Garnett, Hannibal Marvin Peterson, Charlie Rouse, Adams and Beaver Harris. ~ Ron Wynn, All Music Guide

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Here are two with Ron/Rahn Burton that I have on LP and like alot:

George Adams/Paradise Space Shuttle (Timeless)

Jemeel Moondoc/Nostalgia in Times Square (Soul Note).

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Thanks for this thread!

I saw the Kirk band about 1970, when Volunteered Slavery was his current album.

I really enjoyed Ron Burton. In most groups, he would have been the star of the show!

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Here are two with Ron/Rahn Burton that I have on LP and like alot:

George Adams/Paradise Space Shuttle (Timeless)

Jemeel Moondoc/Nostalgia in Times Square (Soul Note).

found, bought and listened to the moondoc. quit enjoyable, thanks!!! :)

now if only i could find the george adams! ;)

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I came across another interesting Ron Burton recording in my collection--Blue Brass Connection, Cool Affairs. It also features George Adams, Graham Haynes, Paul Zauner, Cameron Brown, and Ronnie burrage. It's from 1991 on Amadeo.

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SteepleChase SCCD 31038 The Camel - Michael Carvin

Sonny Fortune (alto sax, soprano sax)

Calvin Hill (bass)

Cecil Bridgewater (trumpet)

Ron Burton (piano)

Michael Carvin (drums)

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Just bought this one in a sale:

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Marvin "Hannibal" Peterson - tp

George Adams - ts, vcl

Ron Burton - p

John Scofield - g

Walter Schmocker - b

Allen Nelson - d

rec. at "Bazillus", Zurich, September 9, 1984 (Enja Horst Weber)

No time to listen to it yet, but I'll report.

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I came across another interesting Ron Burton recording in my collection--Blue Brass Connection, Cool Affairs. It also features George Adams, Graham Haynes, Paul Zauner, Cameron Brown, and Ronnie burrage. It's from 1991 on Amadeo.

this one was very good! :)

thanks for the recommendation!

it' a shame this ensemble didn't put out any other cds! :mellow:

i think i'll file it under ron burton (otherwise i'll never find it iagain in my collection)! :P

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Just bought this one in a sale:

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Marvin "Hannibal" Peterson - tp

George Adams - ts, vcl

Ron Burton - p

John Scofield - g

Walter Schmocker - b

Allen Nelson - d

rec. at "Bazillus", Zurich, September 9, 1984 (Enja Horst Weber)

No time to listen to it yet, but I'll report.

well ubu? B-)

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Oh, sorry! I think I made a few comments in the rat. In short: I haven't been overwhelmed, but it's a good one, all in all. As there are Hannibal, Adams, and Sco, there ain't that much solo space for Burton, but the marvellous duo he and Adams play is great even if it's all for Adams, solo-wise. Will have to listen to it a couple of times...

ubu

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Rahn Burton is also on this one:

Beaver Harris 360 Degree Music Experience 'Beautiful Africa', a 1979 session for Soul Note. He is in excellent company (Grachan Moncur III, Ken McIntyre, Cameron Brown and Harris).

Burton's composition 'Aladdin's Carpet' is on the album.

An excellent date!

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really, the best atmosphere to hear ron burton in, is on the kirk early 70's shows. some of those are being treed on the miles list, kirk list, etc. i'm sure that kirk was very disapointed when he had to replace burton in late 1973.

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really, the best atmosphere to hear ron burton in, is on the kirk early 70's shows. some of those are being treed on the miles list, kirk list, etc. i'm sure that kirk was very disapointed when he had to replace burton in late 1973.

why did RRK "have" to replace burton in 1973? :mellow:

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really, the best atmosphere to hear ron burton in, is on the kirk early 70's shows. some of those are being treed on the miles list, kirk list, etc. i'm sure that kirk was very disapointed when he had to replace burton in late 1973.

why did RRK "have" to replace burton in 1973? :mellow:

does anyone know if RRK "had" to replace burton & why?

:huh:

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really, the best atmosphere to hear ron burton in, is on the kirk early 70's shows. some of those are being treed on the miles list, kirk list, etc. i'm sure that kirk was very disapointed when he had to replace burton in late 1973.

why did RRK "have" to replace burton in 1973? :mellow:

does anyone know if RRK "had" to replace burton & why?

:huh:

I looked at the biography of RRK that I have, appropriately titled BRIGHT MOMENTS, and could find no mention of RRK being compelled to get rid of Ron Burton. But there was an interesting paragraph concerning his wife's penchant for disrupting musical performances with her overly enthusiastic responses, to the extent that she had to be controlled during a recording session. I assume you, of all people, have this biography. Let me know if you need more specifics than the summary I gave above.

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yes marty i have the bio. i thought it was quite good, although others on this board have not felt the same way.

thanks for replying.

i know of no reason why RRK "had" to get rid of burton and i believe that princess (burton's) wife is ON at least 1 RRK album that burton is not on.

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I just found "The Inflated Tear" when digging in the crates at my local record shop. What a purchase. I cannot believe no one told me about this record before. The extremes on this record are just mind-shattering - from the yelling and clocks on "Tear" to the beautiful song for Rory. This was an amazing man.

And on the liners on the back of the record RRK lists Eric Burdan and the ANIMALS as people he respected as much as Duke Ellington and his bandmates.

Thank you RRK for making beautiful music.

Please make other recommendations for Kirk albums. I heard he went off the deep end at one point.

cannonball-addict

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i know of no reason why RRK "had" to get rid of burton

i don't know why burton left the band. but i doubt that he was asked to leave.

how is that Michael Carvin 'the camel' with burton and calvin hill.

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