Star of Jupiter Import
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Star of Jupiter is Kurt Rosenwinkel's tenth album as a band leader. This album features an all new band, and is Rosenwinkel's first quartet album since 2001's the Next Step. The all-original set is composed mostly of new tunes, and includes re-make of an old composition, "A Shifting Design". This studio album is future-leaning, but firmly rooted in the jazz tradition. All About Jazz calls it "a contemporary classic".
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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.
Kurt has a way of keeping the "out there", extremely diggable. Not music simply for jazz freaks, guitar and keyboard based music for everyone. Even the heavy metal heads love this guy.
My favorite song is "Mr Hope". It's a double CD though, lots of songs.
An amazing album where the sound of the band is the focus. Loved the dynamics, the composition and of course Kurt's playing. The second step.
Why is this album so difficult to find and high priced? A man with the weigh of Kurt deserves more visibility.
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Kurt guitar style still there but the compositions are a little bit behind