Wanted Frame Up Music Street Date: September 2nd 2008
Wolfgang Schalk: guitar
Geoffrey Keezer: piano
Dave Carpenter: bass
Marvin Smitty" Smith: drums
Recorded at Encore/Paramount Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Schalk creates impressive structures for improvisation, and he fits each and every structure with a hip, catchy melody. If other musicians pick up on these tunes, every single one of them has the potential to become a jazz standard." --Marc Meyers, All About Jazz
A guitarist with not only impeccable chops but one who plays with deep soulfulness and feeling, Wolfgang Schalk delivers his freshest recording to date with Wanted, further proving his artistic abilities while providing music that is relevant and thoroughly engaging. Recalling the sounds of esteemed fret-board masters Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Pat Martino and Pat Metheny, Schalk expands on the tradition by providing enjoyable and dynamic music witnessed on his previous recordings: Space Messengers (2005, Universal/Emarcy) and Rainbows in the Night (2002, West East Music).
Now Schalk returns with Wanted, a recording that represents new vigor and change influenced by his experience and bi-coastal residencies of New York and Los Angeles as Schalk fondly states, My music is inspired by the combination and experience of the East and West." This artful blend of hard swinging and cool vibes is articulated through an outstanding quartet of veteran musicians that includes pianist Geoffrey Keezer, late bassist Dave Carpenter, and drummer Marvin Smitty" Smith.
The extremely tight band delivers eight new Schalk compositions that encompass a variety of textures and moods. Tunes like the bopping title song and W 46" (dedicated to Wes Montgomery) with their scorching tempos and solos; the Latin-tinged rhythms on the beautiful ballad A New Something" and the soothing What Makes Me Think" (both showing Schalk's distinctive acoustic guitar prowess); and the poignant And Harry Said Goodbye" (dedicated in memory of European master guitarist, Harry Pepl).
Every track on Wanted exposes Schalk's consummate skill and thoughtfulness as one of today's authentic jazz guitarists.