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 album 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" which was created at the end of a late night studio recording session. 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.