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Michael Wolff: Swirl

Read "Swirl" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes

"This new album is the culmination of my transformation after being to the brink and back," states Michael Wolff. At one point during 2015, Wolff, then deep into his four-year battle with a rare form of cancer, fell comatose. His prognosis left little hope yet, with a stubborn willpower, the pianist fought off the disease. After months of physical and mental rehabilitation, he was ready to approach music again with a new trio. This trio would ...

LIVE REVIEW

Michael Wolff: Half Moon Bay, CA, September 23, 2012

Read "Michael Wolff: Half Moon Bay, CA, September 23, 2012" reviewed by Bill Leikam

Michael WolffTribute to Cal TjaderDouglas Beach HouseHalf Moon Bay, CASeptember 23, 2012Early in the week prior to this performance, the Douglas Beach House was already nearly sold out and yet, when the doors opened that Sunday afternoon, people still clamored to get in to hear some of vibraphonist Cal Tjader's original band members--one of whom was Michael Wolff, musical director for the show and a unique pianist.Wolff said, “I met Cal ...

INTERVIEW

Michael Wolff: The Art of Communication

Read "Michael Wolff: The Art of Communication" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

The idea of music as communication is as old as music itself, and has become just about as clichéd as some of its referents. Igor Stravinsky once opined that music was powerless to communicate anything. And, truth be told, the number of active instrumentalists who can successfully communicate thoughts, feelings, concepts and dogmas without words is significantly smaller than the number of those who believe they can. Even many vocalists and lyricists aren't as adept at getting things across as ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Michael Wolff: Impure Thoughts On Hold

Read "Michael Wolff: Impure Thoughts On Hold" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

Pianist Michael Wolff has some of the most expansive vision of anyone working in jazz today. Born in the California High Desert, raised in New Orleans and now making his home in Manhattan, the well-traveled, big-eared Wolff is never short on surprises for his listeners. With his dazzling Impure Thoughts ensemble on hiatus, Wolff's two current albums up the ante beyond that band's extraordinary work.

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ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Wolff Trio: jazz, Jazz, jazz

Read "jazz, Jazz, jazz" reviewed by John Barron

It's difficult to pigeonhole Michael Wolff. The celebrated pianist/composer has been able to successfully navigate a career between commercial and non-commercial music. His performance credits include Cannonball Adderley, Nancy Wilson, Warren Zevon and, perhaps most memorably, a high-profile stint as musical director for The Arsenio Hall Show. With jazz, Jazz, jazz, as the title so brazenly suggests, Wolff leaves little doubt as to where his musical passion lies. The disc was recorded in 2001 with legendary bassist John B. Williams ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Wolff Trio: jazz, JAZZ, jazz

Read "jazz, JAZZ, jazz" reviewed by Joel Roberts

Pianist Michael Wolff has had a career that can best be described as eclectic. Along with serious jazz stints with Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins and Nancy Wilson, he's played with rocker Warren Zevon, explored world music, recorded an album as a vocalist and had a high-profile five-year gig as the bandleader on The Arsenio Hall Show. He currently produces and appears in a Nickelodeon series called The Naked Brothers Band, starring his two young sons. But as ...

TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Michael Wolff

Read "Take Five With Michael Wolff" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Michael Wolff: Michael Wolff is a genuine hipster--a Manhattan-based family man and internationally acclaimed pianist-composer-bandleader whose late night, blue light singing on Love and Destruction, his tenth album, brings new cool to an inspired selection of rock/pop classics as well as his own tunes about the well-lived life.A baby boomer in his prime, Wolff is renowned for his jazz roots and his melodically fresh and rhythmically compelling multi-keyboard style. A New Orleans native whose father taught him ...


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