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Wolfgang Schalk: From Here to There

Read "From Here to There" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Guitarist Wolfgang Schalk continues to bring that soulful swing which might label him as an acolyte of hard-bop jazz. Yet there's much more to his story as proven in his seventh release as leader From Here To There unveiling fresh material delivered by commanding musicians. This deference to the art-form also proves Schalk's exceptional talent and passion as a leader and performer. Schalk supplies rapid-fired riffs and blistering solos in the appropriately titled “Wow Wow What" but ...

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Wolfgang Schalk: Word of Ear

Read "Word of Ear" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

As if to quietly utter “enough with talking about the music...," guitarist Wolfgang Schalk gets to the heart of the matter with Word of Ear and lets his playing speak loud and clear. This is his sixth recording as a leader and he continues to reveal expressive phrasing and piercing solos on hollow body electric and acoustic guitars. Schalk's bicoastal connection between New York and California (currently living in Los Angeles) finds recruiting some local talent in ...

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Wolfgang Schalk: Wanted

Read "Wanted" reviewed by John Barron

Guitarist/composer Wolfgang Schalk draws inspiration from his experiences on the New York and Los Angeles jazz scenes. These varied musical environments have led the Austrian native down a divergent musical path, colored with a variety of textures and moods. For Wanted, his fifth release as a leader, the guitarist teams up with pianist Geoffrey Keezer, drummer Marvin “Smitty" Smith and the late bassist Dave Carpenter. The combined musicianship of the quartet is a powerful force, skillfully exploring a set of ...

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Wolfgang Schalk: Wanted

Read "Wanted" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

With full hollow-bodied goodness, guitarist Wolfgang Schalk delivers his most heartfelt recording to date with Wanted. Recorded in Los Angeles, Schalk not only switched locations from his bi-coastal residencies in New York but also sports a new quartet with veteran aces Geoffrey Keezer (piano), Marvin “Smitty" Smith (drums) and bassist Dave Carpenter, who sadly passed away in June 2008. Schalk has recorded a number of noteworthy recordings including 2005's Space Messengers (Universal Music Group). He continues to ...


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