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Wolfgang Schalk: Rainbows In The Night

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Wolfgang Schalk: Rainbows In The Night With heartfelt sincerity and dedication to guitar greats such as Wes Montgomery and George Benson, jazz guitarist Wolfgang Schalk interprets his vision and love for the jazz guitar dialect. Rainbows in the Night is a thoughtful and earnest recording. The compositions are seemingly not intended to highlight a blistering jam session, but more a mellow sense of swing.

Wolfgang Schalk, like most musicians of his caliber, has been on the jazz scene for a while. A native of Austria who now lives in New York City, Schalk has garnered international acclaim as a talented composer and guitarist. His style is smooth and his sound exudes a harmonious and melodic voice that's familiar and warm.

The new recording features impressive musicians, including notables Dave Kikoski on piano and Andy Mckee on bass. The quartet is made complete with fine rhythm work by drummer Ian Froman. Schalk wrote all of the compositions, which display his spectrum of skills from the semi-cooker 'Mystify' (which is reminiscent of early an George Benson, with its rapid solo and chord runs), to the cool groove 'What's That' (which reflects the group cohesiveness centered around very nice soloing from Schalk and Kikoski). Bassist Andy Mckee's delivers strong lines and soloing on the opener 'Waltz in Blue,' which also shows the creativity of drummer Froman.

Schalk's fretboard skills are equally proficient on acoustic guitar as well, revealing a dynamic and bright tone on the beautiful and lovely 'Styrian Impressions' and the blissful final selection 'Sonnenregen'. The jazz guitar is a most beautiful and underrated instrument, and it's nice to hear it in the hands of a capable musician such as Wolfgang Schalk.

Track Listing: 1. Waltz In Blue 2.The Intergalactic Relay Race. 3. Styrian Impressions 4. What?s That 5. Mystify 6. Rainbows In The Night 7. Where Are You From 8. Sonnenregen

Personnel: Wolfgang Schalk ? electric and acoustic guitars; Andy Mckee ? bass; Dave Kikoski ? piano; Ian Froman ? drums.

Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: West East Music | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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