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Ensemble Novo, Mark Masters & Kurt Rosenwinkel

Read "Ensemble Novo, Mark Masters & Kurt Rosenwinkel" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The 722nd Episode of Neon Jazz happens to be a celebration of the birthday I share with the legendary vibes cat Terry Gibbs on October, 13, 2021. I threw together a collection of recent interviews with veteran musicians who have new CDs in 2021. We begin with a re-issue from Kurt Rosenwinkel and make our way down to the final track from the great Mark Masters. In between, we hear some wondrous new music from the likes of Emedin Rivera, ...

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Album Review

Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio: Angels Around

Read "Angels Around" reviewed by Geno Thackara


However much Kurt Rosenwinkel has audaciously wandered away from familiar tracks in his career, the spirit of jazz has always stayed central to his roots and his playing. For every surprising exploration such as the electronic Heartcore (Verve, 2003) or the richly dense Caipi (Heartcore, 2017), there's been a relatively straightforward jam or standards date for more traditionalist listeners to appreciate. While Angels Around is clearly one of the more traditional ones even at a glance—a simple guitar trio playing ...

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Album Review

Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio: Angels Around

Read "Angels Around" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel's previous album Caipi (Heartcore Records, 2017) was unique in his discography. Not just original music—that was true of many of his previous records—but Brazilian influenced, and featuring his vocals. This set is a call back to the Kurt Rosenwinkel Standards Trio's Reflections (WOMMUSIC, 2009): a selection of mostly modern jazz standards, played by a guitar trio. Here the trio includes Italian bass guitarist Dario Deidda and American drummer Gregory Hutchinson (whose relationship with Rosenwinkel extends back ...

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Album Review

Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio: Angels Around

Read "Angels Around" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


In addition to recognition among modern jazz's most talented guitarists, Kurt Rosenwinkel has earned a reputation as a thoughtfully skilled interpreter of jazz standards. This stirring release should deservedly elevate his status to even higher levels as bassist Dario Deidda and drummer Greg Hutchinson add punch and precision to every piece. Rosenwinkle revisits classic compositions from six of jazz's most recognized talents, and adds a pair of new songs. While traditional purists may have issues with the transfer of more ...

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Live Review

Kurt Rosenwinkel at Chris’ Jazz Café

Read "Kurt Rosenwinkel at Chris’ Jazz Café" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet featuring Peter Bernstein Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA December 30, 2017 As the New Year approached in frigid weather, venturing out in the cold to Chris' Jazz Café to hear two of the finest jazz guitarists close up proved to be a great way to warm up and look towards jazz in 2018. Since Pat Martino had performed on the same stage a month prior, the experience also afforded a glimpse ...

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Live Review

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2017

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2017" reviewed by John Kelman


Part 1 | Part 2 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2017 Montréal, Canada June 29-July 3, 2017 It's always a thrill to return to Le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (FIJM). Deemed the biggest jazz festival in the world by the Guinness World Book of Records, it only takes one step out into the six square blocks closed off in the city's downtown core to believe it. Multiple outdoor stages make it ...

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Catching Up With

Kurt Rosenwinkel: Caipirinhas and Constellations

Read "Kurt Rosenwinkel: Caipirinhas and Constellations" reviewed by Geno Thackara


"It's the busiest I've ever been," Kurt Rosenwinkel happily declares during a rare week of down time at home in jny: Berlin between tour legs. This would seem like quite a statement for someone established as a jack of many trades--luminary guitarist, music teacher, technological experimentalist and bandleader in several genre-hopping ensembles. These recent months have seen him further expanding his resume to include lead singer, lyricist and label boss. He describes it as a crazy time, but couldn't be ...


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