Its been a quite a few months since I’ve done a music review; finishing school and life in general has just been catching up on me.
This review is devoted to someone who isn’t really that new on the scene, but is still at the beginning of what will likely be a very influential career: Kurt Rosenwinkel.
As a young guitarist, he is really this generation’s leading answer to the foundation laid out by Pat Metheny. As ever lyrical in the ways of Metheny, Kurt’s style leans heavily towards an aggressive improvisation that is being popularized by his contemporaries. It isn’t surprising to see that Kurt’s most recent album, the ’05 Verve Records release ‘Deep Song’ is comprised of some of the strongest forces in contemporary jazz today: Joshua Redman on saxophone, Brad Mehldau on piano, Larry Grenadier on bass, and Ali Jackson on drums.
Kurt Rosenwinkel was born and raised in Philedelphia where he was introduced to jazz in highschool. His progress was such that he was admitted into Boston’s Berklee School of Music. However, he dropped out in 1992 when he was invited to play in Gary Burton’s band, a world-famous ensemble celebrated for the master vibraphonist’s Art-Blakey-esk commitment to training young talent. Kurt gained real-life lessons playing and touring with Gary Burton, and then a much longer mentorship playing with avant-garde drummer, Paul Motian.
Kurt’s most recent 2005 album was his 6th title recording, fourth with Verve records. For those of you who want to hear the “sound” of today’s jazz, a real discussion on structure, theory and soul of contemporary Jazz, and a type of music the record labels have been really getting behind in the last 5 years, keep a tab on Kurt Rosenwinkel.
Keeping an ear to the ground,