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WAYNE KRANTZ plus Chris Cortez Trio
October 07, 2012
Sunday, Oct 7
- 8:30pm*** / $20
***Please note time change [was 7pm]
Looking back on the career of guitarist and composer Wayne Krantz, the unmistakable trend of "reinvention" in impossible to miss. From his early work with artists such as Randy Brecker, Leni Stern, and Steely Dan, among others, through a succession of highly lauded solo recordings, Krantz has continuously evolved and pushed himself into new directions. Revered for years for his forward- thinking approach to improvisation (brilliantly documented in his 2004 book, An Improvisor's OS), Krantz has fearlessly branched into new areas, while consistently skirting the edges of jazz, rock and fusion.
Now with his latest album, Howie 61, Krantz has re-invented himself yet again with a stunningly creative recording, and a bold new direction. With Howie 61, Krantz demonstrates once again that he is more than just a guitar player, more than just an improvisor; he is, in fact, a genre-defying visionary whose musicality is expressible in a myriad of ways. By combining that vision with an all-star cast and a stunning collection of engrossing, smart compositions, Howie 61 may be the most significant album of Krantz's career.
CHRIS CORTEZ TRIO
An international recording artist with a wide range of musical interests, Chris ranks among the top jazz guitarists in the world. He's been featured in Downbeat, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Le Jazz Hot Paris, etc... He's performed at clubs and festivals all over the world. His recordings are critically acclaimed.
Chris' discography includes over 20 CDs as a leader, sideman, and/or producer. He's just released his 6th solo CD, Aunt Nasty, already getting rave reviews. Chris owns the record label Blue Bamboo Music Inc, which supports 10 artists, and is also involved in concert promotions, hosting artists like Jeff Coffin's Mu'tet, and fellow guitarists Pat Martino, Charlie Hunter, and Mike Stern.
Equally at home with jazz, rock and blues, a typical performance includes a variety of musical styles, artfully blended together with high energy, and virtuosity clearly on display.
One reviewer called him "the consumate musician." Another, "..a phenomenal guitar player." As accomplished as he is as a guitarist, Chris is also an excellent vocalist. His shows mix vocal and instrumental material creating wide ranging appeal.
“I find the music of Chris Cortez to be an important message to listen to. Some great moments, that shouldn’t be missed. Chris, .......... Bravo!” Pat Martino