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Kurt Rosenwinkel: Caipirinhas and Constellations

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"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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Kurt Rosenwinkel: Caipi

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Guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel has been at the forefront of shaping what we call jazz today with the help of dynamic peers such as: Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade, Mark Turner, Joshua Redman and Chris Potter. Rosenwinkel's indelible mark in music is the consummation of being steeped in the rich and deep traditions of jazz, springing off the shoulders of the rich jazz vocabulary and canon as a foundation to stamp out his own musical language. A language that is influenced by ...

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Kurt Rosenwinkel: Caipi

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Ten years in the making and with master guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel predominantly playing all the instruments (aside from additional contributions from notable guests such as Mark Turner on tenor saxophone and Eric Clapton on “Little Dream"), this is an intriguingly fine album of light, but not lightweight, tracks. Opening with a distinctly Brazilian feel on the title track, its successor, “Kama," is characterised by falsetto, slightly tremulous vocals and legato violin from Frederika Krier. Typically, the pop/rock element ...

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Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio at Germantown Settlement School

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Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio Settlement Music School jny: Philadelphia, PA December 23, 2016 He's come a long way since first starting lessons at Philadelphia's Settlement Music School, but city native Kurt Rosenwinkel has never forgotten those roots. On a night when they could have been squeezing in a little last-minute shopping or relaxing beside the tree with some good eggnog, he and a pair of good friends were happy to come out to ...

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Kurt Rosenwinkel: Star of Jupiter

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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 ...

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Kurt Rosenwinkel Monvínic Experience in Barcelona

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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 ...

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Kurt Rosenwinkel and OJM: Our Secret World

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Kurt Rosenwinkel and OJM Our Secret World Wommusic 2010 With 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 ...

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Kurt Rosenwinkel: Reflections

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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.

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Kurt Rosenwinkel Standards Trio: Reflections

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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 ...


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