US after-tour report – winter 2012

Kurt Rosenwinkel just finished his winter/spring 2012 tour of the US. He started out on February 22 in Oberlin, OH with some master classes and a New Quartet performance. Line-up was: Aaron Parks (pia), Ugonna Okegwo (b) & Justin Faulkner (dr).

Then he went to California for a couple of Standards Trio concerts in San Diego and Los Angeles. Line-up was Ugonna Okegwo (b) & Justin Faulkner (dr), and they got some great reviews while out there. Click here to read one from San Diego, and here to read one from LA.

And prior to that there was a great profile of Kurt’s new drummer, Justin Faulkner – who was first “discovered” by Branford Marsalis at the tender age of 16 – in the LA Times as well. You can read that article here.

After CA Kurt went back to New York City for a weeklong stay at the Village Vanguard. Opening night Kurt had a very special pair of guests: Eric Clapton and producer Russ Titelman. Eric’s office had let us know that Eric was planning to come to New York City specifically to hear Kurt & his quartet perform at the Vanguard, and Eric and Russ turned out to be extremely gracious, down-to-earth and fun people to hang out with. Eric was very complimentary of Kurt and called him an “inspiration”! Wall Street Journal ran an article on the meeting, which you can read here (if you are a subscriber at least). Line-up at the Vanguard was: Aaron Parks (pia), Eric Revis (b) & Justin Faulkner (dr).

After the Vanguard the band had just one night of rest before heading up to Rhinebeck, NY – home of a great studio called Clubhouse. Brian Blade Fellowship’s album “Season of Changes” (also featuring Kurt) was recorded there, as was Rebecca Martin’s “The Growing Season” (produced by Kurt), so he was very familar with the extremely welcome atmosphere and great facilities of the studio, not to mention the beautiful surroundings that serves as it’s own inspiration. Hence, maybe, the titles of Brian’s and Rebecca’s albums both referring to nature.

Kurt’s New Quartet spend 4 days at the studio March 6-9, and we hope to have enough material to release a double-album from these sessions this fall. Special mention goes to master engineer James Farber as well as to the Clubhouse owner Paul Antonell and his staff – just beautiful people to work with all of them! And top-notch pro’s!

Following the recording there was a few days off before Kurt, Aaron, Eric and Justin headed to Cambridge, MA to perform at Regatta Bar, and then finished off this tour with 4 days in Chicago at the Jazz Showcase. The estimable Howard Reich from the Chicago Tribune gave the band a very good review which you can read by clicking here.

Now Kurt will get a much needed break before headed to Athens, Greece to perform a Solo concert (& a master class) in April. By then we should have some exciting news for you on another new album project of Kurt’s, as well as Kurt’s joining John Scofield’s “Hollowbody” project for a summer tour of European summer festivals. Stay tuned!

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