Just wanted to share this - I'm sure some of you guys can relate.
About 7 or 8 years ago I went to a record store, looking for something new. I was kind of burnt out on guitar, and jazz in general.
I looked around and saw two records by Kurt Rosenwinkel, who I had only heard of in passing. I bought them both - Deep Song and Enemies of Energy. I had no idea what to expect, up to that point I had been pretty much a jazz guitar "purist," favoring a certain kind of tone etc.
I listened to Deep Song first, as I could recognize two standards. I ended up listening to the Cross and Gesture (Lester) over and over again for days.
When I first put on Enemies of Energy, it was autumn, my favorite season, the two things are now forever linked in my mind. The leaves were changing, and I remember walking around listening to that album over and over. It was the first time I had listened to an album by a guitarist and cried. I was fixated on Dream of the Old, among other songs.
Ever since, I have followed Kurt's music, and his growth as an artist. It has been a profound experience.
Through his music, he has inspired me to be a better musician. I never felt like I wanted to sound just like him, but rather, each new recording I heard, made me want to make music that was as powerful as his, on my own terms.
So forgive me for being sentimental, but as I turn 30 today, I have been reflecting on some amazing things, and discovering Kurt Rosenwinkel has definitely been one of those. I'm proud to have a picture with him from a Denver show in 2007 to remind me.
Thank you Kurt.