"One of the most strikingly original new voices in jazz" - All About Jazz
Kurt Rosenwinkel & Caipi Album Release Celebration
The most influential and strikingly original guitarist-composer of his generation makes a radical leap in his musical direction on "Caipi", the debut release on his new label Heartcore Records. Ten years in the making, Caipi is easily his most personal expression to date and features Rosenwinkel playing all the instruments (drums, bass, piano, synthesizers, percussion) and showcases him prominently on vocals on tunes like the hard rocking "Hold On," the ethereal "Summer Song" and the slow ballad "Ezra", named for his son. The lilting "Little B" is named for his other son Silas, who was nicknamed Little Bear as a toddler. Elements of rock and jazz co-exist happily with all the easily recognizable features of his personal style; above all, there is ample space for the evolving world of Brazilian music in its most recent guise and, in particular, the Brazilian love song. To some extent this symbolizes Kurt's natural leaning towards the creation of melodies of considerable emotional impact, a highly distinctive feature and an unavoidable element in his markedly romantic artistic vision.
Although most of the instruments on the album were played by Kurt, there are some notable guests: Amanda Brecker (daughter of Eliane Elias and Randy Brecker) provides Portuguese lyrics on "Kama" and contributes layered backing vocals throughout "Caipi". Special guest Eric Clapton offers a subtle touch of signature string-bending on the upbeat pop number "Little Dream." And Rosenwinkel's former musical partner Mark Turner delivers potent tenor sax performances on "Ezra" and "Casio Escher". Says Kurt, "I had to bring Mark in because it was very important to me to have that close friendship and collaboration represented on the album." "Caipi" also features the participation of Pedro Martins, a new young Brazilian multi-instrumentalist and singer.
Rosenwinkel attended the Berklee College of Music for two and a half years before leaving in his junior year to tour with Gary Burton, the dean of the school at the time. Subsequently, Rosenwinkel moved to Brooklyn, where he began performing with Human Feel, Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, the Joe Henderson Group, and the Brian Blade Fellowship. During that time he began using a Lavalier lapel microphone fed into his guitar amplifier that blends his vocalizing with his guitar--much like George Benson--and has become a trademark of his sound, both live and in the studio.
Originally from Philadelphia, Rosenwinkel currently resides in Berlin, Germany, with his two sons. He is on the faculty at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler.