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Walt Weiskopf

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Saxophonist, composer and author Walt Weiskopf began his New York career performing with the Buddy Rich Big Band in 1981 at the age of 21. Since then, he has made an impressive mark as both a leader and sideman with 20 critically-acclaimed CDs and countless sideman credits, including performing and recording with Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald. A dynamic player with enormous technical prowess, Walt is equally well regarded as a composer. His recordings as leader contain predominantly original work with unique interpretations of standards always in the mix

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Diamonds and Other Jewels

Label: AMM Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Spartacus; Black Diamond; Other Jewels; Incantation; Thad Nation; My Old Flame; Blood Diamond; Everybody.

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Article: Album Review

Walt Weiskopf European Quartet: Diamonds and Other Jewels

Read "Diamonds and Other Jewels" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Two distinct types of jazz album have emerged in the difficult Covid pandemic times: the do-it-yourself statements, usually recorded in a home studio, often with internet sound swapping; and the pent-up energy, post-pandemic energy bursts, musicians getting together again after a year or more of minimal in-person collaboration. Diamonds And Other Jewels, from the Walt Weiskopf ...

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News: Recording

Tenor Saxophonist Walt Weiskopf Reconvenes His Celebrated European Quartet On 'Diamonds And Other Jewels,' Arriving August 19 On Amm Records

Tenor Saxophonist Walt Weiskopf Reconvenes His Celebrated European Quartet On 'Diamonds And Other Jewels,' Arriving August 19 On Amm Records

Waylaid by the COVID-19 pandemic, tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf and his European Quartet return with a vengeance on Diamonds and Other Jewels, set for an August 19 release on AMM Records. A collection of Weiskopf originals (and one standard), it demonstrates the powerful chemistry Weiskopf shares with pianist Carl Winther, bassist Andreas Lang, and drummer Anders ...

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Austrian Saxophonist Lukas Gabric Releases 'Double Standard'

Austrian Saxophonist Lukas Gabric Releases 'Double Standard'

Austrian tenor saxophonist, composer, and musicologist Dr. Lukas Gabric (1987) is hailed by Thomas Gansch and Joel Frahm as a “master musician” with “breathtaking tenor virtuosity” and already made a mark on the international jazz scene. His performance and pedagogical activities have taken him to the USA, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, Spain, Slovenia, China, South Korea, ...

Article: Album Review

Michael Leonhart Orchestra: The Normyn Suites

Read "The Normyn Suites" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Gli eclettici sviluppi orchestrali di Michael Leonhart, tra maestosi affreschi evocativi e trascinanti momenti rock e soul, tornano a entusiasmarci con questo magistrale The Normyn Suites, dove la poetica della leggerezza convive con scelte di vivo impatto ritmico e timbrico. Le due forti propensioni musicale dell'autore sono ben bilanciate: quella impressionista (che ha caratterizzato opere ammalianti ...

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Article: Album Review

Jim Snidero: Strings

Read "Strings" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Another saxophonist with strings. Ever since Charlie Parker first took the plunge in 1950, a goodly number of disciples has followed suit. Alto player Jim Snidero's deep dive, Strings, was actually recorded two decades ago, in 2001, and released to widespread acclaim on Milestone Records. The remastered edition, on Savant Records, is even better, thanks to ...

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Article: Live Review

John Richmond with Special Guest Ralph Lalama

Read "John Richmond with Special Guest Ralph Lalama" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


John Richmond with Special Guest Ralph Lalama The Turning Point Cafe Nyack Jazz Week 2021 Piermont, NY July 26, 2021 What's so special about a special guest artist? While stints in name bands or a track record as a leader may be sufficient to get the booking and fill ...

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News: Recording

Copenhagen-Based Saxophonist Oleksandr Kolosii Releases Debut Album 'Multicolored.' Available now.

Copenhagen-Based Saxophonist Oleksandr Kolosii  Releases Debut Album 'Multicolored.' Available now.

Copenhagen-based Polish/Ukrainian jazz saxophonist Oleksandr Kolosii was born in Donetsk, Ukraine into a family of professional musicians. He began playing classical piano at the age of 6, and at age 12 he picked up the saxophone and found his lifelong passion for jazz music. His style of playing pays tribute to legendary bebop and hard bop ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Steve Davis, Paul Desmond & Walt Weiskopf

Read "Steve Davis, Paul Desmond & Walt Weiskopf" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We begin the 684th Episode of Neon Jazz with veteran jazz trombonist Steve Davis and follow that up with a song by his mentor Jackie McLean. Quite a bit of music came out during 2020 and that trend continues into 2021. We look back at music released by Walt Weiskopf, Joshua Redman and Andrea Brachfeld in ...


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