Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet
KURT ROSENWINKEL guitar / AARON PARKS piano / ORLANDO LE FLEMING bass / ALLAN MEDNARD drums
There are artists who uphold what’s already been defined in music and then there are artists who do the defining. Guitarist, composer, and educator Kurt Rosenwinkel undisputedly sits among the trailblazers in the latter group. With a career spanning almost twenty-five years, collaborating with dynamic peers like Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade, Mark Turner, Joshua Redman, Chris Potter; and esteemed jazz elders like Joe Henderson, Paul Motian and Gary Burton, Rosenwinkel’s indelible mark in music is the consummation of being steeped in the rich and deep traditions of jazz, springing off of the shoulders of such vital underpinnings to elevate his own art to new heights, evolving the language in a way no other guitarist has since his arrival.
Rosenwinkel released Star of Jupiter, his tenth album as a leader, in the Fall of 2012, debuting his new quartet which includes pianist Aaron Parks, drummer Justin Faulkner and Revis on bass. His first quartet album since The Next Step, this fiery group made up of rising stars and veterans-in-the-making possess a unique ability to embody a modern and classic feel, swinging and grooving with equally dynamic ease and intensity. It is surely this complexity yet relatable sense that is Rosenwinkel’s prowess. His ability to connect with his audience is the benefitting result of his continuous desire and motivation to make clearer and stronger his natural connection to the universe. Rosenwinkel lives in Berlin and currently teaches at The Jazz Institute Berlin.