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Album Review

Michael Wolff has a strong reputation as a versatile and swinging jazz pianist. Love and Destruction is a major change for him; on this set he is cast as a singer/songwriter, performing modern folk music and sounding a bit (tone-wise) like Michael Franks but with a weaker voice. His website claims that this set of music is a mixture of rock, pop and world music and it is true that his jazz piano and improvising are greatly de-emphasized. But the messages Wolff sings about (including on five of his originals) are not that compelling, the covers are not particularly memorable, the musicians have little to do, and Wolff's voice will not impress many listeners. Hopefully Love and Destruction is only a temporary departure from Michael Wolff's musical strengths.


Born: 31 July 1952 in Victorville, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A jazz journeyman with a taste for adventure, pianist Michael Wolff has explored improvisation in a variety of milieus, ranging from bop to pop-jazz to worldbeat over the course of his multi-decade year career. Growing up in California in the 1960s and '70s, Wolff was exposed at a young age to the fusion explorations of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Return to Forever (featuring pianist Chick Corea), and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. In 1975, Wolff landed a gig with the legendary saxophonist Cannonball...
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