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Walt Weiskopf: Worldwide

Read "Worldwide" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Back in 1992, saxophonist Walt Weiskopf made his first date for Criss Cross Jazz, Simplicity. It is one of the most daring new recordings of the period, featuring Weiskopf's incendiary playing and stellar compositions. Over the course of the next ten albums for Criss Cross culminating with 2010's See the Pyramid, Weiskopf forged an amazingly varied catalog of music. The fact that so many jazz fans slept on these releases is still totally inexplicable. Since 2002, ...

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Walt Weiskopf European Quartet: Worldwide

Read "Worldwide" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

These days a lot of jazz records seem to require a musical concept or an idea that unites the compositions on the album, but it doesn't have to be so complicated. After a tour in January 2019 with his European Quartet, tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf went into a studio in Copenhagen with the band, and a few hours later the music on the album Worldwide was in the can. It sounds simple, but it also says something ...

IN PICTURES

Hard Boppin' at Smalls

Read "Hard Boppin' at Smalls" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Smalls Jazz Club in Greenwich Village is a remarkably vibrant music venue that enjoys considerable international renown. It is not the most mannered of clubs with loud and boisterous audiences. Nor is it the most decorous, but does offer a rather distinctive look. The club has a great vibe and is committed to treating its audience to a great and generous music experience. For example, on weekends, the first shows commence at 4 PM and end with jam sessions at ...

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Walt Weiskopf: Fountain Of Youth

Read "Fountain Of Youth" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Fountain Of Youth is the latest installment of Walt Weiskopf's mid-career renaissance. In reviews of Weiskopf's three previous Posi-Tone releases, I made the misstep of treating his imposing skills as a tenor saxophonist, composer, arranger, and bandleader as separate, albeit compatible entities; this time around I realized that they are indeed parts of a larger, all-encompassing vision that winds through the disc's eleven tracks. Whereas Overdrive, Open Road, and The Way You Say It are--with few exceptions--driven ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Walt Weiskopf: The Way You Say It

Read "The Way You Say It" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

For quite some time, saxophonist Walt Weiskopf had a forum for expressing his growth and development via his many albums for Criss Cross Jazz. While that fruitful partnership ended in 2010 with See the Pyramid, Weiskopf seems to have found a new home with Marc Free's Posi-Tone imprint. With three releases added to his already healthy catalog in less than 24 months, Weiskopf continues to build on his jazz reputation even while the masses are becoming more aware of his ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Walt Weiskopf: The Way You Say It

Read "The Way You Say It" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The trail leading to The Way You Say It, the latest from tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf, is marked by performances from superb Posi-Tone releases of recent vintage. Organist Brian Charette was the ballast of the 2015 Triple Play, a three tenor date led by Doug Webb, which featured Weiskopf. Vibraphonist Behn Gillece made significant contributions to Overdrive, Weiskopf's debut for the label in 2014. And drummer Steve Fidyk laid down a stable, stimulating beat throughout Open Road, Weiskopf's recording from ...

INTERVIEW

Walt Weiskopf: All About the Sound

Read "Walt Weiskopf: All About the Sound" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

What is it that drives Walt Weiskopf? It's all about the music, all about the sound. He's reached a large audience in ten years of touring with Steely Dan. He's written a half dozen books on jazz improvisation techniques and methods, and he's taught at the Eastman School of Music, Temple University and New Jersey City University, where he now heads the jazz program. We find the real key to his work, though, in the huge catalog of ...


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