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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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So incredibly beautiful, Thank you.


Absolutely love this! Saw the shows in Boston and couldn't wait for the recording. Well here it is and it is a masterpiece to me. Thanks to Kurt and the band!


The wait was long but well worth it. Kurt Rosenwinkel continues to not disappoint. Similar to Robert Glasper, everyone should have Kurt's music as a part of their playlist. Gamma Band is a definite standout.


Born: October 28, 1970 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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