Kurt Rosenwinkel and OJM (Orchestra Jazz de Matosinhos) -][- Our Secret World – [Wommusic, 2010]
Kurt Rosenwinkel has always given us music that has conveyed a sense of masterful storytelling & breathtaking imaginative reach. His significance to the ever-evolving jazz tradition in fact transcends the oft-cited lineage of jazz guitar in much the same way that Thelonious Monk and Wayne Shorter both impacted colleagues much beyond the scope of their respective instruments. In 2007 Rosenwinkel got a call from the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos (OJM), a Portugal-based big band with an impressive track record of collaborative projects, ranging from “Portology” with Lee Konitz and Ohad Talmor, to performances with Maria Rita – the highly successful and critically acclaimed daughter of Elis Regina. The intention of OJM was to arrange a number of Rosenwinkel’s original songs for big band and perform these live.
Following a series of successful concerts in Portugal in 2008, Rosenwinkel and OJM decided to pursue this as a recording project. They subsequently recorded in Porto, Portugal in September 2009. What has perhaps distinguished Kurt Rosenwinkel more than anything is his one-of-a-kind compositional voice – full of mystery and power, marked by an effortless marriage of high complexity and simple, undeniable emotional appeal. These qualities, hallmarks of Kurt’s output from the beginning, are apparent perhaps as never before on this new big band release, Kurt Rosenwinkel & OJM: Our Secret World.
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