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All About Jazz - LA

By George Harris

Cool toned guitarist Wolfgang Schalk, for his fifth release Wanted, has teamed up with the formidable rhythm section of Geoffrey Keezer on piano, the late great Dave Carpenter on bass, and Marvin "Smitty" Smith on drums for some exciting music. The electricity is palpable, as Schalk's fluid guitar works weaves around and over the remarkably kinetic drum work laid out by Smith. The intricate interplay between these four gentlemen is stunning. Be it on the highly energized opening title track, the Latin bop of "Monroe Street," or the assertive and aggressive "A Hip Bop," the music on Wanted is filled with supercharged emotion, with Smith driving the band like a chariot driver in Ben Hur. Schalk's acoustic work is just as impressive, for almost the opposite reason; the restraint and spaciousness of Schalk is sublime and calming, particularly on "A New Something." Keezer's piano work on the formidable "W 46" is rapid fire, while the late Dave Carpenter gives some wonderful bass work on the spacious ballad "And Harry Said Goodbye." This recording can be appreciated by fans of any of these instruments; there are enough lessons in these songs for a week of workshops.

 
 
 

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Frame Up Music (2016)

WOLFGANG SCHALK GUITARS
ANDY LANGHAM
PIANO
CARLITOS DEL PUERTO
BASS
CLARENCE PENN
DRUMS

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