Wolfgang Schalk: Wanted (2008)
Schalk's single-note lines, on both electric and acoustic guitar, evoke the pin-point precision style of Pat Martino with the acumen of Pat Metheny. With a stripped-down tone, the guitarist rips through the title track, "Monroe Street" and "W 46" with inventive phrasing, adhering to a traditional jazz guitar aesthetic, yet remaining void of cliche. By contrast, listener-friendly tunes like "A New something" and "And Harry Said Goodbye" bring out a more patient and lyrical side to Schalk's improvising.
A musical high-point of the disc is the up-tempo "A Hip Bop," a hard-swinging, modal workout, providing ample stretching room for all. The tune features Smith's explosive drumming, Carpenter's flawless walking pulse and Keezer's flowing spontaneityone of many examples of sophisticated musical camaraderie found throughout this exceptional release.
Track Listing: Wanted; A New Something; Monroe Street; W 46; What Make Me Think; A Hip Bop; And Harry Said Goodbye; Last Minute.
Personnel: Wolfgang Schalk: guitar; Geoffrey Keezer: piano; Dave Carpenter: bass; Marvin "Smitty" Smith: drums.
Record Label: Frame Up Music
Style: Modern Jazz