Michael Wolff | Joe’s Strut [Wrong Records, 2009]
On February 10th, Michael’s new CD, Joe’s Strut will be released on Wrong Records.
“Michael Wolff (Wrong)”Joe’s Strut” is a strong example of how pianist Michael Wolff is able handle playing in varying-sized groups. The basis of all the work is Wolff, bassist Chip Jackson and drummer Victor Jones, a group that has been together since the ’70s. Bassist Richie Goods, a Pittsburgh native, sits in for Jackson on several tracks, but the biggest change is when the group adds Steve Wilson on soprano saxophone and Ian Young on tenor. That takes the album from a trio doing a rhythmically clever “If I Were a Bell” to the quintet doing a driving “Harbour Island. The best offerings though are the quintet’s “Freedom,” an original by Wolff, and the trio’s sensitive “Come Rain of Come Shine.” Existing in a strong way in between is the beautiful Wolff original, “Wheel of Life,” which is done in a quartet with Young.” ~ Bob Karlovits, Pittsburg Tribune
Listen to samples of Joe’s Strut here, you may also purchase Michael’s latest recording at www.michaelwolff.com.