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Kurt Rosenwinkel

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STAR OF JUPITER

"What my music is about in general — and this album is no different — has to do with the relationship that we each have with the universe at large and how we use our intuition to hear what it is telling us. It came to him in a dream." - Kurt Rosenwinkel

What guitarist and composer Kurt Rosenwinkel describes as an “understanding” of profound proportion, manifested as Star of Jupiter ; the title of his tenth album as a leader, to be released November 13th on Wommusic. Not a literal entity but rather a philosophy, as it was revealed to him,

“The ‘Star of Jupiter’ was given to me as a key to transcend the cycles of form, illusion and fear which exist on this earthly plane of existence. The dream was powerful and continued into real life. It became a tangible force in the making of this album." - Kurt Rosenwinkel

A celestial collection of entirely original compositions, all but one previously unrecorded, Star of Jupiter transports listeners on a journey toward discovery, truth and ultimately peace.

On his first quartet album since the ground-breaking 2001 release "The Next Step", he offers a variation of that ensemble make-up on Star of Jupiter, assembling a stellar band which includes pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Eric Revis, and the dynamic young drummer and fellow Philadelphia native, Justin Faulkner. "Star of Jupiter" is a departure from what has previously helped define Rosenwinkel’s prowess, yet is strikingly inclusive of the broad spectrum of his musical magnitude. Rosenwinkel’s brilliant use of space is paired with deeply affective melodies and sensual grooves that evolve slowly and steadily ; a quality in the music Rosenwinkel fully identifies with and whole-heartedly embraces.

Rosenwinkel’s band came together as organically as their sound has. He and Parks have been collaborating since 2006, playing each other’s compositions, and Parks joined on highly-anticipated live dates at the historical Village Vanguard in New York City. Revis, a longtime friend and one of the “spiritual foundations” of the group, who appeared on Rosenwinkel’s alluring 2009 trio album Reflections, recommended Faulkner to round out the band after working with him extensively in Branford Marsalis’ quartet.

Although one of the most emotive interpreters of standards repertoire, Rosenwinkel is also undoubtedly one of his generation’s most prolific composers. The National Endowment for the Arts Composer’s Award winner asserts that it is his writing which helped develop what has now become a singular voice in modern jazz. He also credits his Philadelphia hometown for a solid and communal musical upbringing, where he grew up in the midst of a robust music scene under the tutelage of influential jazz elders like Al Jackson, Eddie Green, Tyrone Brown, and his musical father figure, alto saxophonist Tony Williams. It’s here that he had the platform to develop his distinctive voice, which has garnered international critical acclaim, and attention from such wide- ranging artists as Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots, the legendary Eric Clapton, and Q-Tip formally of the iconic hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, with whom Rosenwinkel has been featured both live and on his highly regarded solo efforts, The Renaissance (2008) and Kamaal the Abstract(2009). (The renowned rapper also co-produced Rosenwinkel’s exploratory 2003 release, Heartcore.)

Rosenwinkel has continuously taken gallant steps in his artistry, and now, with Star of Jupiter, articulates his vision on the deepest level yet. Irrefutably the most influential jazz guitarist of the new millennium, Rosenwinkel is steering the ship on a journey which encompasses more than an adept mastery of his instrument. Star of Jupiter is an experience ; an opportunity for listeners to hear in the music, their own dreams.