and uncommonly inspired”—so said Joshua Redman of guitarist
Kurt Rosenwinkel. Redman continues his profuse
praise: “...he is a man of many musical virtues. HIs technique
is prodigious. His ears are huge.
His time is solid. His groove is ferocious.... his
ideas are often surprising, sometimes shocking,
but always compelling and inevitably satisfying.
His is an adventurous soloist, an empathic
accompanist, and a poetic composer.”
Born in Philadelphia, Rosenwinkel attended
Berklee College of Music, but dropped out to
play with Gary Burton and later Paul Motian’s
Electric Bebop Band. Currently residing in
Europe, his latest recording is “Deep Song,” which Jazzreview.com described as “a
mixture of joy and mystery.”
In order to get to know him better, we asked
Kurt to answer a few questions. Here’s
what he had to say:
What is the first recording you remember
hearing as a child?
“I’m Leaving On A Jet Plane” by John Denver.
Hmmmm… who knew?
What job would you
have if you weren’t a jazz musician?
Rotisserie chicken joint cash register guy. That’s the
only other job I’ve had.
What’s the most exotic place you’ve
traveled to as a musician?
Probably would be China—Beijing and Shanghai. Either that
or New Jersey.
What’s the last book you’ve
"Hitler’s Willing Executioners.” Brilliant
book. I learned a lot.
That’s a rotating position. One song that always comes
back and I think of is “Circle”
by Wayne Shorter, off of Miles Smiles. My friend Q-Tip answered this
with “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” I thought it was a great
answer that I couldn’t
favorite jazz venue?
My favorite jazz venue would be the Village Vanguard or Smalls.
The scene at Smalls
in the 90’s was magical. The ownership changed in the early
millenium, and they did
some unfortunate remodeling to make it a hip bar. Now its “back
in the family” and is
returning to its former self and truer nature (Charlie Parker played
there, Jimi Hendrix
played there, it’s been a music place for a long time).
Who is your greatest
Probably John Coltrane.
How much do you practice each week?
When I am on the road I practice as much as I can. That’s
probably an average of
3 hours a day. When I’m home I practice less because I’m
recording in my studio and living life with my family.
To read a review of Kurt's Stanford Jazz Festival performance written by Richard Scheinin for the San Jose Mercury News, click here for our "Media Archives" page.
To find out more about Kurt, go to kurtrosenwinkel.com