"George Burton represents what many of Jazz’s most exciting figures hoped the genre would become precarious, dynamic, revolutionary... unable to be contained.” —NEXTBOP
Burton’s sound is an experience that connects a lost generation of listeners back to the integrity and originality of the music. Burton lived the “Philly experience” where alternative, hip-hop, R&B, straight-ahead jazz and avant-garde don’t just peacefully coexist but cross-pollinate. He’s been referred to by critics as “formidable” (NPR), “inventive” (Cadence Magazine), “destined to do great things—and soon” (JazzTimes), “pushing the boundaries of the already limitless genre of jazz” (Nextbop).
From the neo-soul days of the Five Spot with The Roots, playing iconic jazz venues with Philly hard-bop legends Shirley Scott, Bootsie Barnes, and Sid Simmons, his long tenure as the pianist for Odean Pope's massive saxophone choir and the Philadelphia-born opera "Vanqui" blending operatic and classical traditions, to his current chair as the pianist for the Saturn-loving Sun Ra Arkestra, and becoming a mainstay on the New York music scene and playing with established artists like Me’Shell NdegeOcéllo, J.D. Allen, Sean Jones, and James Carter, Burton’s playing and compositions blend, deconstruct, and rearrange these diverse influences into a style that JazzTimes called “straight-but-not-straight."