Wolfgang Schalk: A New Something
A New Something
Wolfgang Schalk (guitar)
Wanted (Frame Up 797843-5)
Wolfgang Schalk (guitar),
Geoffrey Keezer (piano), Dave Carpenter (bass), Marvin “Smitty” Smith (drums).
Composed by Wolfgang Schalk.
Recorded: Los Angeles, November 2007
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
Wanted is yet another wonderful album from guitarist Wolfgang Schalk. The material, ranging from slow impressionistic ballads to straight-ahead to fusion, is a bit more diverse than some of his past efforts. Of particular interest is his beautiful acoustic playing. On "A New Something" Schalk makes his acoustic speak. Each ringing note drips with feeling. His spatial introduction leads to a cleverly assembled heartfelt melody. It is instantly memorable. Pianist Keezer gently doubles-up with Schalk, who effortlessly slides into a quicker tempo quasi-Gypsy swing in the tune's midsection. He is followed by Keezer's own, equally effective turn. While drummer Smith adds percussive emphasis, bassist Dave Carpenter serves as the tune's linchpin. He also offers a genuinely creative solo in an interesting counterpoint to Schalk's restatement of the tune's introduction. This is very moving music played with a purpose, and further bolsters Schalk's well-deserved acclaim as guitarist and composer.
Sadly, this was one of Dave Carpenter's last recorded performances. His untimely passing would take place the following summer. Schalk dedicates the album to him.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky