A Rosenwinkel by Any Other Name
As he continues to come into his own as a leader, Kurt has taken some deliberate risks to suit his own artistic ideals. Foremost among them was removing himself from the familiar environs of the East Coast jazz scene for the far more challenging cantons of Switzerland. Some feel the move was to take advantage of the Swiss' fabled neutrality to finally gain an upper hand in the "I don't know, what do you want to do?" argument, some felt it was a result of his longtime fascination with needlessly complicated pocketknives, while others felt it had something to do with a secret boyhood crush on the Swiss Miss girl.
Be that as it may.
If the past ten years are any indication, the next ten will see Kurt take his rightful place among the contemporary masters of the instrument (second from the left, standing), along with John Scofield and Bill Frisell. Not to mention another big name in jazz, John Abercrombie (15 letters). If we ever got the chance to work together (as Abercrombie & Fitz), we'd be the two-man tag team champeens of jazz names.
Till next month, kids, exit to your right and enjoy the rest of AAJ.