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Star of Jupiter
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2012
With out a doubt this is Kurt's most mature, inspired and best album thus far. The interplay between Parks and Rosenwinkel is just magic, and the groove of Faulkner and Reevis is fantastic. Kurt's compositions are first class, fully realised, spiritually inspired, complex yet highly listenable. The sonic palette Kurt employs here is probably his most advanced effort to date - guitar effects, textural colouring of guitar and keys, etc. I thinks it's Parks piano (and keyboards) that give the music an added dimension, Faulkner's drumming also seems to keep it wide open. Kurt's solos are awe inspiring as usual. He's one of the few people that give me that Coltrane buzz when listening to his playing. If you've ever picked up a guitar then you've got to hear this guy, an absolute master of the instrument. If your a fan of contemporary music and where it's heading then buy this album. Masterpiece - thanks Kurt and band.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
If you're already a Kurt fan, you know that his playing and writing are absolutely first class and consistently point in new directions. His recent recorded output has centered on standards in a Trio format, and big band arrangements of several of his older songs.
This makes Star of Jupiter really welcome, particularly to those of us hoping to hear his newer compositions that have been played live over the last few years since The Remedy came out. Many of the songs on Star of Jupiter, like the title track, Kurt 1, Spirit Kiss, Homage A'Mitch, Deja Vu, Gamma Band, and Mr. Hope have all been heard at live dates. A few of the tunes are new to my ears, and there are new renderings of 2 older tunes, Under it All and A Shifting Design.
None of this disappoints. The playing is inspired, and the production and sound are flawless. Kurt and Aaron Parks do most of the solos, and it's readily apparent why each of them is such a respected player by their peers and fans. To my ears, the biggest treat of all is to have the ability to immerse myself in all of these new recordings and compositions and really absorb them on repeated plays.
This is where Kurt is now. For anyone listening to his output of original compositions from Enemies up through the Remedy, you can hear now where that voice resides in 2012. An intriguing prospect remains with the eventual recording and release of other new material like Ezra, Arpestra, and Little Dreamer that has been heard live in recent years. The word is that Kurt has a few more projects that are nearly ready for release, and I hope that they come soon. In the meantime, buy Star of Jupiter and let it brighten things for you.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2012
Superb music and musicianship! This record is a masterpiece, another incredible constellation of songs, songwriting gems, and playing. Highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2013
I happened to see Mr. R at the 2013 Montreal Jazz festival, where he re-created most of this album on stage. I bought the album after the concert, hoping that it will represent the live performance to some extent, and I believe it does.

While the show's renditions were more dynamic, you hear more nuances in Kurt's playing and sound while listening to the recording. The compositions are as avant-garde and exploratory as on his other recordings, although there are a few jazzier and even impressionistic pieces. His famous split-channel guitar tone has evolved somewhat, conveying a more mystical atmosphere and enhancing his flowing, expansive compositions. His soloing is more involved and intricate, it seems, and his phrasing and sense of melody is incredible. It helps to be a guitarist to fully appreciate the extent of this guy's his talent, but you can certainly enjoy the great music without being one.

A few words about the CD packaging - it's a 2-CD double-foldout design, so that each CD has its own foldout. The abstract artwork is as intriguing as the music, but information is kind of minimalistic. You need to read the interview in the April 2013 Guitar Player magazine to learn what Kurt's inspiration and motivation was and what was involved technically in recording this album.

Finally, the order came through very quickly. I got it in less that a week, which is pretty good for Montreal, Quebec.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2013
Kurt Rosenwinkel came again with new material. Great, really great. With Aaron Parks on piano, rodes,organ..Eric Revis on acoustic bass and Justin Faulkner all of them in perfect condition, had made the best Rosenwinkel double album. You can find all the rosenwinkel possibles. Same tracks are classics, other explores new sensibilitys, buy always great- After several albums without new material in this one everything is new, fresh and powerful . A incredible 2 CD
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2013
The music has passion & power. Seems to be like a concept album. Kurt tells you his new fascinating tale
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2013
In my opinion this is one of the best albums by one of the most important guitarist/composers on the jazzscene today - and the rest of the line-up is amazing too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2013
More greatness from Kurt and his crew. Every song is amazing. I listen to the cd several times per day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2013
I received this as a gift from a friend, and this is some of the best work that Kurt has done, very original and melodic. I loved it so much that I bought this for my boss's holiday present. Well done!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2012
Can't really add much to what's been said in praise of this latest CD from Kurt except to agree with it all and emphasize that there is something here that goes beyond ordinary music. Somewhat fortuitously (? divine) I received a copy of the book about the making of Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" this Xmas and am in the midst of reading it now and am impressed and amazed that the music here tends to convey that same spiritual (heavenly?) quality. Listening to this music is just a moving experience! Very creative, easily enjoyable, complex, yet simple. I would surmise this will go down as ground-breaking. If you care anything at all about music you should own this.

Just one minor peeve. Publicity-wise I was surprised to find that I had to go to the specific site for this CD to find its existence whereas often I'm given other suggestions from Amazon about available jazz CDs and it not be listed among them.
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