Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

116

Walt Weiskopf: Walt Weiskopf: Quartet Live

By

Sign in to view read count
Besides being the tenor man onstage with Steely Dan, Walt Weiskopf is first and foremost a prolific solo artist. With over 15 critically acclaimed recordings as a leader, Walt is not one to rest on laurels collected over the course of years, playing alongside legends such as Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. As one of jazz music's foremost post-John Coltrane voices on the saxophone, Weiskopf's tenor sounds uniquely vocal, almost wailing, and capable of burning a hole in the side of an armored truck. Like Coltrane, Weiskopf boasts virtuosic command of the instrument as evidenced in his complex, flurried, and gimmick-free solos.

That Weiskopf is a saxophonist's saxophonist is evidenced by recording his first live album at the bi-annual North American Saxophone Alliance convention. Playing to a crowd that's not easily impressed, the quartet packs its punch, courtesy of Weiskopf's stellar compositions and arrangements bolstered by the backing of a world-class rhythm section. Due to the untimely passing of the quartet's brilliant drummer, Tony Reedus, Walt Weiskopf: Quartet Live is dedicated to the man and his legacy. Offering a harmonically rich backdrop along with nimble-fingered and inventive solos, Renee Rosnes' piano glimmers across the sonic spectrum with grace and subtlety, while Reedus and bassist Paul Gill hold down a rock-solid groove.

The unpredictability of Weiskopf 's compositions is striking. Kicking off the album is "Man of Many Colors," which sounds like an acoustic version of a tune that could be found on a Weather Report album. However, once the melody ends, the no-nonsense, straight-ahead burning begins. The medley, consisting of Rosens' "Dizzy Spells" and Weiskopf's "Jay Walking," explores beatific melodic terrain atop the chord progression of the jazz standard "Con Alma." The group stretches even further with "Scottish Folk Song," with its shades of the distinctive folk-jazz heard on seminal European record label ECM. These original tunes, combined with a few standards, lead to an album that is a delicious concoction of blowing session and compelling compositional showcase.

Track Listing: Man of Many Colors; Little Minor Love Song; Dizzy Spells / Jay-Walking; Blues in the Day; Scottish Folk Song; Blame It on My Youth; Love for Sale; Breakdown.

Personnel: Walt Weiskof: tenor saxophone; Renee Rosnes: piano; Paul Gill: bass; Tony Reedus: drums.

Title: Walt Weiskopf: Quartet Live | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Capri Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Rain or Shine CD/LP/Track Review Rain or Shine
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 15, 2017
Read Copenhagen Live 1964 CD/LP/Track Review Copenhagen Live 1964
by John Sharpe
Published: December 15, 2017
Read Somewhere Glimmer CD/LP/Track Review Somewhere Glimmer
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 15, 2017
Read Lighthouse CD/LP/Track Review Lighthouse
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 15, 2017
Read Lattice CD/LP/Track Review Lattice
by John Sharpe
Published: December 14, 2017
Read I Think I’m Going To Eat Dessert CD/LP/Track Review I Think I’m Going To Eat Dessert
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 14, 2017
Read "L.O.T.U.S." CD/LP/Track Review L.O.T.U.S.
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 21, 2017
Read "Thick As Thieves" CD/LP/Track Review Thick As Thieves
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 22, 2017
Read "Day After Day" CD/LP/Track Review Day After Day
by John Eyles
Published: July 21, 2017
Read "Landing" CD/LP/Track Review Landing
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 30, 2017
Read "Nigerian Spirit" CD/LP/Track Review Nigerian Spirit
by James Nadal
Published: May 29, 2017
Read "Dance of Time" CD/LP/Track Review Dance of Time
by Jeff Winbush
Published: May 26, 2017

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!