Jim Burke Trio – Hands On




Artist: Jim Burke Trio
Title: Hands On

Jim Burke
Jim is a native New Yorker whose mother was a pianist-singer in Gotham during the twenties. As a young adult, he moved to Chicago, and from 1973-1982, he played all the downtown clubs, hotels and restaurants, honing his skills and working with such esteemed sidemen as Marshall Thompson and Rusty Jones on drums, Kelly Sill and Eddie Calhoun (Errol Garner’s bassist) on bass, and then backing up jazz violinist Johnny Frigo, vocalist Alma Balier, and tenor player Don Shelton of the Singers Unlimited. Local critics gave rave reviews, comparing Jim’s style and sophistication to that of George Shearing and Ahmad Jamal. Larry Kart wrote, “He is a master of the segue, the seamless transition from one song to the next.” In 1982, Jim brought his talent to San Francisco. He’s played virtually all the rooms in the city, mostly solo, and has worked with the likes of Wyatt ‘Bull’ Ruther, Dean Reilly, Vince Lateano, as well as his pals, Robb Fisher and Lee Charlton, the current trio. You’ll find Jim and Robb at Sausalito’s Alta Mira every Sunday. This is Jim’s first recording.

Robb Fisher
Robb grew up in Los Angeles, the son of a jazz musician who played in and directed an Air Force Band throughout World War II, arranged for the Dorsey brothers, and hosted a jazz show on KPFK. In 1967, Robb moved to San Francisco where he played his first gigs, and met drummer Lee Charlton. For over seven years, he toured and recorded with the late, great Cal Tjader, anchoring Cal’s Grammy Award winning album, ‘La Onda Va Bien’ and Grammy Nominee album, ‘Gozame Pero Ya.’ He has recorded or worked extensively with such luminaries as Chet Baker, Art Pepper, Tania Maria, Carmen McRae, Anita O’Day, Poncho Sanchez and Clare Fischer. Along with his bass work, two of his compositions are featured on the Monarch CD entitled, ‘The Nighthawks Featuring Eddie Marshall,’ released in 1996. He recently performed at the San Francisco Jazz Festival with Mel Martin’s Bebop and Beyond 2000 with Bobby Watson, Jack Walrath, and Wynard Harper. He also performs locally with the group XNY that includes Rob Schneiderman and Ron Marabuto.

Lee Charlton
Born in Attalla, Alabama, the son of a salesman who played sax, trombone and drums, Lee began playing drums at age 10, and never looked back. He was twice awarded Best Drummer in Alabama state competitions, and, as a teenager began both local and road jazz gigs, influenced early on by Shelly Manne, and later by Max Roach. During the Korean conflict, Lee was fortunate to have been surrounded by excellent musicians in the Army band. Once released, he played in bands all over the South, including Don Reitanís quintet on the Gulf Coast, and in Atlanta, played a trio gig with Wynton Kelly, and enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame playing with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Lee brought his New Orleans Quintet–which included pianist Ellis Marsalis and Bill Huntington on bass–to the Bay Area in 1963, where he has since made his home, playing for twenty years with fellow southerner Mose Allison, and recording with Mose, Vince Guaraldi, pianist-composer Bryce Rohde and experimentalist Richard Waters. Lee also joined Dave Grusin, Jack Sheldon, Maynard Ferguson, June Christie and Bob Cooper in Bay Area gigs.


1. Sometime Ago
2. Like Someone In Love
3. Nite Mist Blues
4. Luck Be The Lady Tonight
5. Some Other Time
6. All Blues
7. Here’s That Rainy Day
8. Estate’
9. Matchmaker
10. Dreamsville
11. Summer Me, Winter Me
12. I Have Dreamed
13. Shining Sea
14. What the World Needs Now is Love