"Star of Jupiter" by Kurt Rosenwinkel on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Kurt Rosenwinkel is one of the best guitarists in contemporary jazz, and he's released about a dozen albums as a leader. The 2012 double disc Star of Jupiter (which Rosenwinkel produced and features all originals) is a strong statement. It's clearly influenced by fusion, but Rosenwinkel takes that inspiration and runs with it. His band here—keyboardist Aaron Parks, bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Justin Faulkner—is top-notch. (Revis plays acoustic bass, a nice touch.) The opener, “Gamma Band,” delights with its wordless vocals, prog-rock vibe, and enveloping atmospherics. There's something appealing about the way the music embraces both repetition and complicated lines. “Heavenly Bodies” starts with wonderful acoustic piano work supported by bass and organ. The slow-tempo piece showcases nicely inflected playing from Rosenwinkel, who refuses to show off. On the title track, the band drives hard as guitar lines glide through harmonic changes. The cut has the energy of fusion with the fat trimmed off, and it makes for an excellent closer.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kurt Rosenwinkel is one of the best guitarists in contemporary jazz, and he's released about a dozen albums as a leader. The 2012 double disc Star of Jupiter (which Rosenwinkel produced and features all originals) is a strong statement. It's clearly influenced by fusion, but Rosenwinkel takes that inspiration and runs with it. His band here—keyboardist Aaron Parks, bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Justin Faulkner—is top-notch. (Revis plays acoustic bass, a nice touch.) The opener, “Gamma Band,” delights with its wordless vocals, prog-rock vibe, and enveloping atmospherics. There's something appealing about the way the music embraces both repetition and complicated lines. “Heavenly Bodies” starts with wonderful acoustic piano work supported by bass and organ. The slow-tempo piece showcases nicely inflected playing from Rosenwinkel, who refuses to show off. On the title track, the band drives hard as guitar lines glide through harmonic changes. The cut has the energy of fusion with the fat trimmed off, and it makes for an excellent closer.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5

77 Ratings

wow.

Tyr1,

So incredibly beautiful, Thank you.

Dense, beautiful and stunning.............

Weezy B. Jenkins,

This an incredible sound and style, gets better with each listen, captures many different elements from slow thoughtful movements to vibrantly exciting lines, Kurt has released an extremely beautiful album of material, have listened to it 4 times now but excited to know I can find something new each time, this album is worth every penny and then some, thanks Kurt for making real honest music, something that is very rare nowadays..................................

About Kurt Rosenwinkel

Guitarist, keyboardist, and multi-instrumentalist Kurt Rosenwinkel is a highly gifted performer with a fluid, harmonically rich approach to genre-bending jazz and rock. Born in Philadelphia in 1970, Rosenwinkel grew up in a musical family with parents who started him on piano at age nine. By age 12 he was seriously studying jazz guitar, a skill he perfected at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts alongside classmates Christian McBride, Joey DeFrancesco, and future Roots drummer Questlove. He then spent two years studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston before vibraphonist Gary Burton hired him to go on tour. From there, he settled in Brooklyn, where he worked with the Human Feel quartet as well as such as Seamus Blake, Brian Blade, Mark Turner, and others. Along the way, Rosenwinkel earned praise from veteran guitarists like John Scofield and Pat Metheny, and in 1995 won a Composer's Award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

As a leader, he debuted in 1996 with East Coast Love Affair, followed by Intuit on Criss Cross. These were intimate, warmly performed standards albums that showcased the guitarist's growing creativity and knack for harmonically rich improvisation. Along with his early solo work, Rosenwinkel continued to perform with Burton and appeared on albums by Chris Cheek, Larry Goldings, Paul Motian, and more.

He then signed with Verve and embarked on a series of extremely well-received albums, including 2000's The Enemies of Energy, 2001's The Next Step, 2003's Heartcore, and 2005's Deep Song. Primarily centered on Rosenwinkel's original compositions, these albums detailed his highly inventive approach to post-bop jazz. Also during this period, Rosenwinkel relocated to Germany, where split his time between performing and teaching as a professor of jazz guitar at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler.

In 2009, he moved to the independent label Wommusic with Reflections, followed a year later by Our Secret World. Two years later, he delivered the expansive Star of Jupiter. As his profile grew, Rosenwinkel cut back on teaching, eventually deciding to focus completely on his performance career. In 2017, he also founded his own Heartcore label and released the Brazilian-influenced Caipi. ~ Matt Collar

  • ORIGIN
    Philadelphia, PA
  • BORN
    Oct 28, 1970

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