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Kurt Rosenwinkel


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Kurt Rosenwinkel (born October 28, 1970) is a jazz guitarist who came to prominence in the 1990s. His improvising style was initially influenced by guitarists such as Pat Metheny and John Scofield, but has emerged as an individual stylist whose lines are lengthy and linear, recalling the styles of Lennie Tristano in the 1940s and 50s. His chordal language is amongst the more advanced for a guitarist, touching on ideas from George Van Eps and Ben Monder. He attended the Berklee School of Music for two and a half years before leaving in his sophomore year to tour with Gary Burton, the dean of the school at the time. Subsequently, he moved to Brooklyn where he continued to develop as one of the leading jazz guitarists of his generation by performing with the Human Feel, Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band, Joe Henderson Group, and the Brian Blade Fellowship. In 1995 he won the Composer’s Award from the National Endowment for the Arts and was eventually signed by Verve Records. Since then he has played and recorded as both a leader and sideman with fellow-alumni such as Mark Turner and Brad Mehldau as well as many others. His latest album, Deep Song (2005), features Mehldau and Joshua Redman. Some of his earlier albums include The Enemies of Energy, The Next Step and a more experimental Heartcore.

Originally from Philadelphia, Kurt Rosenwinkel currently resides with his wife in Berlin, Germany.


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  • CosmicPi

    Really great.

    30 Apr 9:12pm Reply
  • reagan0

    I have a song that is attributed to Kurt, called Binah. It's from a sampler of artists that use M-Audio equipment. After reading his bio, I have my doubts that it should be attributed to him, as the instrument that is front-center the entire song is a saxophone. The guitar can be heard, but it never comes forward. It's a good song, though, and I wish I knew who it really is.

    8 Mar 6:48am Reply
  • ronny_ramone

    thanks to the guy of the reverend shine snake oil company who advised to listen to his music.

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • KaliBhakta

    Just heard this guy for the first time tonight when my Dad came home with the 2013 Crossroads DVD. His playing left me floored.

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • barrospablito

    Excelente novo álbum: Star of Jupiter.

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • contremisart

    no but he is a great drug dealer

    17 Nov 2012 Reply
  • c1k3

    Of course a junkie can play like that! Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane... they were all heroin addicts and created some of the greatest jazz ever. I'm genuinely curious: is he a junkie?

    16 Nov 2012 Reply
  • contremisart

    c1k3: go listen to him and figure if a junkie can play like that

    15 Nov 2012 Reply
  • c1k3

    Is he a junkie? Certainly looks like one.

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • drumnvoice

    25 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Ginormous621

    love that fast, low depth chorus guitar tone

    24 Jan 2012 Reply
  • kaly_

    Happy Birthday !!! <3

    28 Oct 2011 Reply
  • NivesLaPaar

    tomorrow!!!! :)))

    12 Oct 2011 Reply
  • willsweepforyou

    crazy motha fucka. kurt introduced me to lydian #9 wheeeeeeeeeeee. john coltrane of our generation without a doubt. dat phrasing

    24 Jun 2011 Reply
  • luannn

    This guy is like Miles, he changed music. In my book at least, he is the definition of modern jazz.

    30 May 2011 Reply
  • Eisenzwitter

    Saw him in Berlin on saturday, definitely amazing. Some of the most elaborate fretboard-work I've seen so far.

    14 Apr 2011 Reply
  • drumnvoice

    Toke "Zero" - Julian on drums ...enjoy ModernGrooveJazz, best regards from Hanover/Berlin :)))

    29 Jan 2011 Reply
  • axss

    he's not a guitarist. he's not a musician. he's a visionary.

    9 Nov 2010 Reply
  • caventurero

    next Badajoz! :D

    6 Nov 2010 Reply
  • atroopofechoes of Rosenwinkel might like A Troop of Echoes - jazzy noisy high-energy snarly fun instrumental rock with a lead saxophone.

    13 May 2010 Reply
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