For most who have heard of him, Dave Burrell is inextricably linked to a time when chaos was king. The 66-year-old pianist plays on some of the New Thing’s most memorable freak-outs-Pharoah Sanders’ Tauhid and Sonny Sharrock’s Black Woman, among others-and his own albums from the same period are almost as notorious. But Burrell never stopped making music. His so-called comeback, 2004’s Expansion, follows decades of albums and concerts. And his follow-up, the new Momentum, shows that Burrell’s art, unlike his reputation, is anything but tethered to the past.
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