Kurt RosenwinkelStar of JupiterWommusic2012How time flies. While he's been busy with a number of other projects--his collaboration with the Portuguese Orchestra de Jazz de Mataosinhos on the ambitious Our Secret World (Wommusic, 2010) and the intimate, standards-laden Reflections (Wommusic, 2009)--it's been four years since guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel last released a small group record focusing largely on new original music. 2008's The Remedy (Wommusic) was an exhilarating live recording from New York City's The Village Vanguard, and if his subsequent releases have been as exceptional as they've ever been from one of the ...read more
Kurt RosenwinkelMonvínic42nd Barcelona Voll-Damm International Jazz FestivalNovember 15, 2010The Berlin based guitarist and composer Kurt Rosenwinkel spent two days performing in Barcelona this week in two markedly different contexts. His loyal fans turned out en mass at the famed Luz de Gas, an intimate club in the Eixample neighborhood, to hear his trio, resulting in an illuminating set of standards featuring drummer Ted Poor and bassist Eric Revis (look for more information in our ongoing festival coverage).The next night he was equally at home inside the Mecca of Wine, Monvínic, which The Wall ...read more
Kurt Rosenwinkel and OJMOur Secret WorldWommusic2010With the creative possibilities offered by its expanded palette, it's no surprise that so many artists who traditionally work in the context of more pliant, small ensembles turn to larger settings at least once in their career. For those already predisposed to greater compositional complexity, the intrinsic challenges are many; but so, too, are the ultimate rewards. It's no surprise, then, that Kurt Rosenwinkel--perhaps his generation's most influential guitarist, spawning almost as many imitators as Pat Metheny (himself, an early influence on Rosenwinkel)--has been collaborating with big ...read more
Kurt Rosenwinkel has a well-earned reputation for aggressive guitar playing that's both rhythmically astute and harmonically exploratory, a talent that he's applied with Mark Turner and Brad Mehldau as well as with hiphop producer Q-Tip. With Reflections, he has reined in his sometimes-divergent impulses for an unusual collection of standards and tunes by Thelonious Monk and Wayne Shorter that's almost all at ballad tempo, with the sturdy support and interaction of bassist Eric Revis and drummer Eric Harland. The first thing to catch one's attention is Rosenwinkel's guitar sound, unmistakably an amplified archtop, but so luminous that ...read more
A warm and understated trio record, Kurt Rosenwinkel's Reflections zeroes in on an approach to standard repertoire, marking an interesting career turn for the guitarist in the process. With support from drummer Eric Harland and bassist Eric Revis, the six-string innovator opens a window to another side of his playing, featuring quiet meditations on the blues, ballads, and swing. It's a curious listening experience, coming long after Rosenwinkel has already established an original voice as a composer and player. The guitarist's previous five albums have largely featured his own songs, beginning with The Enemies of Energy (Verve, ...read more
Broadly acknowledged as one of jazz's foremost artists, Kurt Rosenwinkel has established a reputation as an innovator and constant seeker on the guitar. He has carved out a unique sound over many years of experiment and refinement and today commands respect for his singular voice as a player and bandleader.
As a follow-up to the successful double live album The Remedy (ArtistShare, 2008), Rosenwinkel recently released Reflections (Wommusic, 2009), an elegant collection of standards. Rosenwinkel spoke about this latest endeavor from Berlin, the city he now calls home. Growing Up PhiladelphiaAll About ...read more
After the incendiary The Remedy: Live at the Village Vanguard (ArtistShare, 2008), guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel returns with Reflections, an intimate, ballad-heavy album that couldn't be more different. On the surface, with a set largely composed of standards, and trimmed down to a trio from the quartets and quintets of his past few years, it might appear that Rosenwinkel is returning to the territory of his earliest albums, specifically his live debut as a leader, East Coast Love Affair (Fresh Sound New Talent, 1996). But much has changed.
In the ensuing 13 years, Rosenwinkel has gone from ...read more