BRINGING OUT THE BIG GUNS
Chris Potter, Craig Taborn, Eric Harland, Human Feel with Kurt Rosenwinkel. This might be the biggest lineup we’ve ever had! Combined, they’ve earned countless prizes, Grammy nominations, Downbeat Critics Poll and Jazztimes awards. And then there’s the list of artists they’ve worked with! It reads like a who’s who of jazz and beyond, including: Pat Metheny, Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock, Mariah Carey, John Mayer, John Scofield, Randy Jackson, Bill Frisell, Steely Dan, Brad Mehldau, The Roots, Q-Tip, Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis and Esperanza Spalding, just to name a few. With some of the most iconic New York musicians, this concert will make your eyes water and your jaw drop to the floor.
“I was playing with Kurt Rosenwinkel, trying to keep up with him…” – Eric Clapton
Among guitarists of his generation, Kurt Rosenwinkel sets the standard in more ways than one. His virtuosity and technical ability are unquestionable, but it’s his strikingly original approach to jazz that sets him apart as one of the most unique musicians alive. His fearless dedication to exploring new sonic worlds has earned him high praise from legends like Eric Clapton, John Scofield and Pat Metheny. Not one to sit still, Rosenwinkel is always challenging expectations and pushing his music to the next level, he’s even ventured into the world of hip-hop, recording a number or albums with Q-tip of A Tribe Called Quest Fame.
It’s 1990 and downtown New York is buzzing with news of a new jazz group: Human Feel. With a sense of adventure and no limitations to their creativity, Human Feel made waves with their combination of chamber music, free jazz improvisation and even alt-rock. They released three albums Scatter (1992), Welcome to Malpesta (1994) and Speak to It (1996), full of daring solos, free expression, driving energy and a sense of effortless authenticity. All three albums had a lasting impact on the jazz genre, but after a decade of touring together, the band dissolved. Until now! After releasing their first album in almost a decade, this tour marks the long awaited return of Kurt Rosenwinkel and Jim Black’s Human Feel. Expect a dazzling, shocking, energy filled concert that’ll shatter your expectations. This is a reunion you don’t want to miss!
Chris Potter has become one of the more sophisticated and respected stylists on the saxophone. He’s a world-class soloist, composer, and bandleader, he has recorded 15 albums as a bandleader and has contributed to more than 100 records including Steely Dan’s Grammy-winning album “Two Against Nature”. His heady mixture of irregular rhythm and aggressive swing, unusual melodic intervals and bebop-inspired runs, decidedly unconventional meters and ever-shifting tempos make it impossible to get too comfortable with anything Chris is playing. Once you think you’ve figured him out he’s off somewhere else. His penchant for risk-taking, genre-bending and improvisation make him a leading light of his generation and generations to come.
P.s. Make sure you check out his 1997 album Unspoken (1997) featuring none other than John Scofield, Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette!
Craig Taborn has been quietly dominating the jazz vanguard for more than a decade now. He is revered by other pianists and considered by many to be one of jazz music’s few contemporary innovators.
Eric Harland is a drummer par excellence with a track record to show it. He’s been nominated for two Grammy awards, contributed to more than 200 albums and worked with the likes of John Mayer, Esperanza Spalding and Branford Marsalis.
QUOTES FROM THE PRESS
“The most studied and copied saxophonist on the planet.”
– Down Beat
“There is a streak of otherworldliness in his playing, but also a sense of deep familiarity”
– New York Times
“His technique is prodigious. His groove is ferocious. His tone is penetrating but warm….His ideas are often surprising, sometimes shocking. But always compelling and inevitably satisfying. He is an uninhibited, uncompromising and uncommonly inspired artistic voice. He is an organic, intuitive innovator…a natural original.”
– Joshua Redman
Sonny Rollins / Pat Metheny / Dave Holland
Caipi (2017, Heartcore Records, Kurt Rosenwinkel)