New album coming in early 2018!

The recordings for a new album are finished! The album is due for release in early 2018.
On January 22nd and 23rd we gave our all at Wisseloord Studio’s.
The studio days were long and intense, but we managed to record eleven new tracks.
The third album will be more energetic and varied than the previous one. You’ll find groovy tunes, heavy fusion, a country song and a straight rocker on the album. Also, the guitar parts on the album are a bit more challenging to play than on the last album. Hopefully my hard practice payed off!
My band mates Tico Pierhagen (keys), Hugo den Oudsten (bas) en Willem Smid (drums) played wonderfully.
Willem is the new kid on the block here, he plays with the Amsterdam Saints and hit sensation Ogene. I’ve been playing with Willem for more than ten years and am very happy that he’s playing on the album.

The new album came into conception in a small period of time. In November last year, I decided to record a new album in January 2018 and started writing. The songs came into form in a couple of weeks, we rehearsed a couple of times and then went on to the recording sessions.

Our studio, Wisseloord in Hilversum, NL, was a great place to work and you can hear that on the album.
The studio has a wonderful live room, which will leave its sonic footprint on the album.
No wonder that artists like Tina Turner, U2, Mick Jagger and The Police came to record here in the past.

Guest musicians Gijs Anders van Straalen (percussion) and André Sommer (pedal steel guitar) will appear on the album.
I’ve known Gijs since my touring days with singer Janne Schra (Room Eleven) and met André in the past year, during a tour with the repertoire of Dolly Parton.
Engineer Tom Gelissen is once again my technical partner in crime and Bastiaan Kuijt, who recently was part of a Grammy winning production, will be mastering.

I’m really happy with the new album, and hope you’ll be too.
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New album Straight Up Guitar is released

foto door Ruud Gompel

With a successful concert at Café Miles in Amersfoort, NL, Jurgen Burdorf and his band celebrated the release of the new album Straight Up Guitar on March 19, 2017. It was a great afternoon. The band played all the songs of the new album, followed by five favorites of the first album, Opening Lines.

You can listen to Straight Up Guitar on Spotify.
You can buy the album on iTunes and as a hardcopy (CD) in the webshop.

In the weeks prior to the release, there was already some attention on Dutch national jazz radio station Sublime FM.
We hope get back to you soon with news about reviews and gigs!

photo credit: Ruud Gompel

Third song of new album Straight Up Guitar is now online

Jazz Fusion song October is the third song from the album Straight Up Guitar that has a video on Youtube.
With an African sounding intro and a theme based on fourths and fifths, it sounds quite mysterious. October features solos by Tico Pierhagen on Wurlitzer and Jurgen on guitar. October comes the closest to traditional jazz of all songs on Straight Up Guitar.

Straight Up Guitar can be listened to on Spotify and is available on iTunes en as CD in the webshop.

Second song of new album Straight Up Guitar is now online

Evening Glow is the second song from Straight Up Guitar that’s published on Youtube.

Please take a look and enjoy!
Straight Up Guitar is the second album of Dutch Guitarist Jurgen Burdorf. It’s been released on March 19th 2017.
You can listen to Straight Up Guitar on Spotify.
You can buy the album on iTunes and as a hardcopy (CD) in the webshop.

First song of new album Straight Up Guitar is now online

Going Places is the first song from Straight Up Guitar that’s published on Youtube.
Please take a look and enjoy!
Straight Up Guitar is the second album of Dutch Guitarist Jurgen Burdorf. It features a laid-back, blues inflected jazz fusion style. It’s been released on March 19th 2017.
You can listen to Straight Up Guitar on Spotify.
You can buy the album on iTunes and as a hardcopy (CD) in the webshop.

New album Straight Up Guitar to be released in March!

With pride and pleasure, we announce the release of Dutch guitarist Jurgen Burdorf’s second album, Straight Up Guitar.
It’s the second album Jurgen releases in a year, after his debut Opening Lines (2016).
Straight Up Guitar is a 100% instrumental album that features ten songs composed by Jurgen.
Once again, Jurgen is joined by the same group of people that were present on Opening Lines.
They are: Tico Pierhagen on keys, Hugo den Oudsten on bass guitar and Léon Klaasse on drums.
Engineering was done by Tom Gelissen and the recordings took place at Power Sound Studio, Amsterdam, NL.
The album can be pre-ordered in the webshop and will be posted on the day of the release, March 19th 2017!

Please watch the teaser video:

Additional credits:
Mastering by Bastiaan Kuijt @ BK Audio, Hilversum, NL
Video by Chris de Krijger
Cover art by Jelle Amersfoort
Photography by Jaime Korbee

Contacts:
Promototion: Peter Funcke, peter@tone-ofvoice.com
Bookings: Walter Wilhelm, walter@fortheroad.nl

Leon’s Groove and album release early 2016

Leon’s Groove, a song from Jurgens forthcoming album Opening Lines, can now be watched on Youtube. It is the fourth song of the album of which live video footage is made.
Jurgen wrote the song with a distinict New Orléans-groove by drummer Léon Klaasse in mind.
It’s the last song on the album, a happy closer.
All musicians get a final feature here. Tico Pierhagen (Hammond B3), Ben Mathot (violin) and Jurgen play a solo, and bass player Hugo den Oudsten gets a few bars to fill aswell.
The album Opening Lines will be released early 2016. This December, engineer Tom Gelissen and Jurgen are finalising the mixes. More information about the release of the album and concerts by Jurgen and band will follow shortly.

Bluesy song from instrumental debut album on Youtube

Camping Out, from the debut album Opening Lines by Dutch guitarist Jurgen Burdorf, is now on Youtube! It’s one of the more relaxed songs on the album, although beneath the surface, something’s definitely brewing..
The song starts off with the laid back groove of Hugo den Oudsten on bass and Léon Klaasse on drums. After the intro comes the bluesy theme. seasoned with some spicy dissonants and harmonic chicanes. Solo’s follow by Jurgen on guitar and Tico Pierhagen on Hammond B3.
The song ends in the same fashion it began, with subtle interplay between all musicians.

Camping Out is the third song of the album Opening Lines to be featured in a Youtube-clip.
A fourth clip will follow shortly.
The album was recorded 99% live at Power Sound Studio in Amsterdam, July 9th 2015.

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Second song from debut album is on Youtube

Here is the second song from my debut album Opening Lines, that’ll be released this year.
It’s called Mosquito Net and it’s one of the more fusionesque songs on the album. I’m very pleased with how this one came out. Everything you hear is recorded live in one take.
Tico Pierhagen plays a great Hammond solo, I play a solo afterwards and the ending is just as I like it, with everyone in the group adding to the intense atmosphere.  On this song I play my Suhr custom telecaster and use my Klaver Klon Clone. Please take a look and enjoy!