Word Of Ear
Frame Up Music (2012)
Wolfgang Schalk · guitars
Helen Sung · piano 
George Whitty · piano  keys 
Michael Valerio · bass
Tom Brechtlein · drums
 Midnight Prayers (Part 1)
 Eating Melodies
 Round Midnight
 Toninho [for Toninho Horta]
 Broadway Song
 Written Tomorrow
 Word Of Ear
 Blues 'n' Roll
 Midnight Prayers (Part 2)
All music composed by Wolfgang Schalk
Except Round Midnight composed by Thelonious Monk,
arranged by Wolfgang Schalk
Recorded and mixed by Reinhard Buchta
Recorded at Ocean Way Recording Studio B, Los Angeles, California June 2011
Assistant: Rouble Kapoor
Mixed at Mushroom Studio, Pinkafeld Austria
Mastered by Reinhard Buchta Music Engineering
Produced by Wolfgang Schalk
A new recording by jazz guitarist/composer
Wolfgang Schalk's new release Word of Ear further showcases his talent as a consummate guitarist, playing with deep soulfulness and feeling. He delivers hard swinging and emotive compositions in the vein of the patriarchal jazz guitarist lineage while highlighting his membership in the elite club of todays creative voices.
With the follow up to his critically acclaimed release "Wanted" (Frame Up Music 2008)
the bi-coastal (NY/LA) jazz guitarist presents new music with an exciting band that includes the tremendous rhythm section of drummer Tom Brechtlein and bassist Michael Valerio with outstanding contributions from award winning pianist Helen Sung and multi-keyboardist George Whitty. The disc was recorded at Ocean Way Recording in Los Angeles, CA.
Yet, in contrast to the familiar term "word of mouth", it is the music that speaks with its unique yet familiar language. This embodies the essence of Word of Ear as Schalk reaffirms that "jazz is one of the deepest art-forms."
These concepts are fully realized within the recording's nine tracks, beginning with the beautiful solo guitar improvisation "Midnight Prayers". Other lucid examples include up-tempo burners "Eating Melodies" and "Written Tomorrow", where Schalk's musicianship is illuminated on both electric and nylon-string guitar. Or the tender balladry of "Toninho", dedicated to the influential Brazilian guitarist Toninho Horta. In each performance the musicians find a harmonious plane of communication, creating music that is progressive yet personal.
Whether bringing a fresh, uplifting re-imagining to Thelonious Monk's "Round Midnight" or providing fireworks in the blues-tinged original "Blues ’n’ Roll", Wolfgang Schalk's Word of Ear fluently speaks the art of jazz showcasing one of today's most gifted guitarists.