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Kurt Rosenwinkel Group
“Uncompromising 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 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 read?
"Hitler’s Willing Executioners.” Brilliant book. I learned a lot.

What’s your favorite tune?
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 same question with “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” I thought it was a great answer that I couldn’t disagree with.

What’s your 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 musical influence?
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 composing, teaching, 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.

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