Kurt Rosenwinkel: Cake

Track

Cake

Artist

Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar)

CD

Deep Song (Verve 000392802)

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Musicians:

Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar), Joshua Redman (tenor sax), Brad Mehldau (piano), Larry Grenadier (bass), Ali Jackson (drums).

Composed by Kurt Rosenwinkel

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Recorded: New York, late 2004

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Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

Kurt Rosenwinkel's "Cake" starts slowly and softly but builds into a nice swing that takes off early and never loses its intensity. The composition follows the rules established by much of what was recorded by jazz virtuosos like Pat Metheny and Wes Montgomery: state the obvious early, get to business quickly, and end confidently.

Rosenwinkel's tone is warm on this track and, all-around, the notes are chosen carefully. While there certainly aren't any frills present, the tune provides many thrills as improvisation rules the day and the lead players each get in their licks in due time. Rosenwinkel's own contributions drive the cut, but particularly hot is saxophonist Joshua Redman. While Redman sounds like he is conjuring up the ghost of Joe Henderson, you will be impressed with the Elvin Jones-esque, tom-tom heavy backbeat and pianist Brad Mehldau's loving tributes to the legend of McCoy Tyner.

This music does not break any new ground, but it does not have to because it is well performed, recorded, and written, and it also proves that, even though newer forms of classic musical styles are hard to come by nowadays, revisitations of the spirit of the past in song are not without merit.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary

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