Lauded as “one of the most widely applauded guitarists of the under-50 generation” by the Chicago Tribune, Kurt Rosenwinkel has staked out a singular position in jazz’s firmament as a player, composer and bandleader with a vast and supremely sophisticated harmonic vision and ravishing melodic sensibility. He leads an ensemble playing Caipi - a celebration of Brazilian music that’s been a decade in the making.
Rosenwinkel started his career touring with vibraphonist Gary Burton’s band (known for launching some of jazz’s most influential guitarists, including Larry Coryell, Mick Goodrick and Pat Metheny), and gained further recognition performing and recording with drum legend Paul Motian’s volatile Electric Bebop Band. Since his 2000 major label debut The Enemies of Energy (Verve), Rosenwinkel has worked closely with a bevy of brilliant saxophonists such as Mark Turner, Chris Potter, Seamus Blake, Joshua Redman, and most recently tenor patriarch Pharoah Sanders. Lately he’s been composing shimmering melodies for his New Quartet with keyboardist Aaron Parks, music featured on 2012’s bracingly beautiful Star of Jupiter. His new album, Caipi, is performed by Rosenwinkel himself on almost all the instruments, and features guest appearances by guitar icon Eric Clapton and saxophonist Mark Turner