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
Like an Ian McEwan short story, guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel can say more in a few lines than most guitarists manage over the course of an entire recording. On Standard Trio: Reflections he inscribes his signature sound on a set of ballads--all classic tunes except for one original.
His trio of bassist Eric Revis and drummer Eric Harland are perfect companions on a collection where less is truly more; they eschew the pyrotechnics for a steady accompanying swing. Harland--a member of the SFJAZZ Collective who has also played with Charles Lloyd--has worked with Rosenwinkel before, accompanying the guitarist on his last ...read more
It's a pleasant Saturday afternoon at Brooklyn Recording in the charming, gentrified neighborhood of Carroll Gardens, the third day of sessions with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Eric Harland. They've been at it all day, flowing from take to take with wide-open abandon. It's a green light session--there are no mistakes, they just go, trusting their instincts along the way. As they dive headlong into Joe Henderson's Inner Urge," Rosenwinkel's fluid, warm-toned lines cascade effortlessly over the changes as Revis and Harland spur him on to Holdsworth-ian heights. There's a touch of grit in his tone as ...read more
This live double CD is Kurt Rosenwinkel's seventh record as a leader and the first to be released on ArtistShare, following five releases on Verve. Such high profile output is notable even without taking into consideration the other forty or fifty releases he's appeared on since his auspicious early departure from Berklee in the early 1990s to join Gary Burton's band. The record was recorded live at the Village Vanguard in January 2006, with a stellar quintet featuring Rosenwinkel's longtime collaborator Mark Turner (sax) sharing the frontline and pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Eric ...read more
It's been over a decade since Kurt Rosenwinkel's last live album. East Coast Love Affair (Fresh Sound New Talent, 1997) was the guitarist's first as a leader, and much has happened since then. Over the course of five additional albums and countless appearances as a guest on albums by artists including saxophonist Mark Turner and drummers Brian Blade and Paul Motian, he's gone from promising guitarist to one of his generation's most distinctive voices. East Coast was largely standards-based, but on The Remedy: Live at the Village Vanguard the emphasis is almost entirely on Rosenwinkel's writing, the one exception being ...read more
It's been a couple of years since Kurt Rosenwinkel's previous release, Deep Song (Verve Music Group, 2005). But as one of modern jazz's most dynamic guitarists, having earned respect and applause from critics and fans, he's back with the stellar double CD, The Remedy: Live at the Village Vanguard. Recorded live and unedited at New York's historic jazz venue, it documents the guitarist and a fiery quintet with over 120 minutes of exciting music, successfully articulating the electricity and essence that sets him apart. On this occasion, the group comprises bassist Joe Martin, pianist Aaron Goldberg, drummer ...read more
Kurt Rosenwinkel GroupSmallsNew York, NYJune 27, 2007
On one of those oppressively steamy summer nights in Manhattan, with the sky threatening to open up any minute, an overflow of listeners waited on the sidewalk outside of Smalls, hoping to hear the first set by guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel's group featuring tenor saxophonist Mark Turner. The fuss was partially due to the occasion being, as Rosenwinkel mentioned during his set, a homecoming of sorts. By his own recollection, the ensemble has played the cozy musician's hang only twice or so the past 6-7 years, during which time a lot ...read more
If you were to ask the average jazz fan who the biggest names in jazz are, it is a sure bet that Kurt Rosenwinkel would be among them with 15 letters. Compare that to Sun Ra, or even Al Hirt, and you can see just how big a name that is.For the record, Your Own Personal Genius' name has 14 letters, which certainly places me among the biggest names. And if I really wanted to turn this into a pissing contest, I could haul out my given name Jeffrey and thus place my 17-letter stamp atop the upper ...read more
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