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Masch Branch

by Pete Weise Quartet

Electric guitar with effects, bari sax and rhythm section playing original tunes inspired by Ornette Coleman, John Abercrombie and Miles Davis' late 60s quintet.
Genre: Jazz: Free Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. One of Them
5:31 $0.99
2. Camp Bowie Blues
5:16 $0.99
3. Water Sports
4:31 $0.99
4. Under Tow
4:19 $0.99
5. Absolutely
5:22 $0.99
6. Gun Night
6:30 $0.99
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Album Notes
Guitarist Pete Weise has had the opportunity to demonstrate his diverse performing, composing, arranging, and teaching abilities nation-wide. Weise received his B.M. in Jazz Performance in 1997 and his M.M. in Jazz Performance in 2005 from the University of North Texas and is currently Associate Professor of Jazz Guitar at Collin County Community College. He also teaches privately at Schaelling Music Studios in Highland Village, TX, the Fine Arts Academy at the First Baptist Church in Keller, TX and is a seasoned faculty member of the renowned National Guitar Workshop. In addition to his quartet and quintet, Weise continues to perform with several D/FW area bands and artists.

Born and raised in Upstate New York, Weise’s original academic pursuits led him to earning a B.A. in Mathematics from Potsdam College of the State University of New York in 1990. Fortunately, he discovered Potsdam’s Crane School of Music which provided him with outlets to further develop his musical skills. After graduating from Potsdam, Weise sought out the full time study of music at the nationally-acclaimed jazz studies program at UNT.

Weise’s band, The Pete Weise Quartet, released Masch Branch in 2002, a compilation of modern, original jazz compositions tinged with shades of 60's Miles Davis recordings. Masch Branch features Weise on electric guitar and Chad Makela (from Doc Severenson’s Band) on baritone sax. The quartet also includes Paul Stivitts (of Maynard Ferguson’s Band) on drums and Rus Wimbish on bass. Weise draws subtly from his influences, John Scofield and Wayne Shorter being the most discernible, to create a sound and style that is very much his own.



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Greg Hornby

Really cool album
The first time that I put this album in my CD player to when I play it now I continue to be impressed and amazed by the musicianship and songs of the Pete Weise Quartet. This album is one of favorite and Pete Weise is a magnificent player that has taught me a great many things about being a guitarist, a musician and the life lessons that go along with them.


it's good.
Masch Branch is truely a phenomenal album. As for the style, it's very tasteful, but always remains exciting and interesting. Everyone plays for the benefit of the song as a whole, rather than for the benefit of making the individual sound good. Even in the solos, it isn't about one person, but about the group. This gives the group a wonderful sense of balance. And then Pete's playing is, of course, stellar. And oh my god his tone! lets take a minute to appreciate Pete Weise's tone... My personal favourites are Gun Night, One Of Them, Water Sports and Camp Bowie Blues (the other two songs on the album are a close second). Although each song stands out on it's own, I think the album is best when it's listened to as a whole. Each track is definitely unique but they have just enough of the same vibe to be distinguishable as a "Masch Branch tune".

New York Fan!

Brilliant and oh, so cool!
As a musician and songwriter this cd caught my ear and held my attention fast. Pete Weise is one of the best young jazz guitarists out there and this CD marks the beginning of a promising career of a modern jazz composer. I listen to all kinds of music and really enjoy the cool/funky/intelligent style of this record. I highly recommend it. Everyone who hears it is instantly impressed.


Yup. I agree. Very cool.
There’s something very cool and sophisticated about this album that really sets it apart from a lot of others that are around. Pete Weise is a very talented and innovative musician with a unique style that draws influences from many different areas. This style really shows through on Masch Branch and makes for a very memorable and original recording. Favorite tracks of mine include Gun Night and Under Tow, although I can happily listen to this album from start to finish. Very cool indeed.