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European Quartet

by Walt Weiskopf

The seven tracks comprising this release showcase the confluence of three of Europe's most exciting rhythm section artists with one of the most accomplished and interesting tenor saxophone players from the other side of the pond!
Genre: Jazz: Jazz quartet
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1. Kma
5:31 album only
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2. Gates of Madrid
8:54 album only
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3. Wizard
7:22 album only
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4. See the Pyramid
6:41 album only
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5. Darth
9:04 album only
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6. Soul Eyes
8:18 album only
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7. Bolivia
6:51 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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I am proud to announce the official release in CD format of my new recording - Walt Weiskopf European Quartet featuring pianist Carl Winther, Daniel Franck on bass and Anders Mogensen on drums. I am so excited about this project - completed 18 months ago in Copenhagen. I hope you enjoy listening to this as much as I enjoyed working with these amazing players!

Recorded at the conclusion of a two-week tour of Denmark, Norway, and Germany in January of 2016; U.S. tenor giant Walt Weiskopf has teamed up with three of Europe's finest and most sought-after jazz musicians; pianist Carl Winther, bassist Daniel Franck and drummer Anders Mogensen. The result of this collaboration is great energetic music. Each member of the quartet contributed original compositions to the set; rounded out with Mal Waldron's beautiful "Soul Eyes" and the modern jazz-classic "Bolivia" by the great Cedar Walton.

Weiskopf has been a member of the legendary Steely Dan since 2003. He started his career with the Buddy Rich band at the age of 21. In the years since, he has released 19 CD's featuring a stellar cast of the best contemporary jazz musicians including Brad Mehldau, John Pattituci, Joe Magnarelli, Renee Rosnes, Joe Locke, Conrad Herwig, Peter Zak, Billy Drummond, and Peter Washington to name a few. The Scandinavian musicians accompanying Weiskopf here have attracted world-wide attention with their talents touring with jazz greats Jerry Bergonzi, Tim Hagans, Adam Nussbaum, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Greg Hutchinson, and David Liebman.

The seven tracks comprising this release, the "Walt Weiskopf European Quartet" showcase the confluence of three of Europe's most exciting rhythm section artists with one of the most accomplished and interesting tenor saxophone players from the other side of the pond!

"...a major talent...a monster tenor saxophonist as well as a prolific composer and accomplished arranger.” — Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes
"...a consummate saxophonist, composer and arranger" — Zan Stewart, DownBeat


Saxophonist, composer and author Walt Weiskopf began his New York career performing with the Buddy Rich Big Band in 1981 at the age of 21. Since then, he has made an impressive mark as both a leader and sideman with 16 critically-acclaimed CDs and countless sideman credits, including performing and recording with Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald. A dynamic player with enormous technical prowess, Walt is equally well regarded as a composer. His nineteen recordings as leader contain predominantly original work with unique interpretations of standards always in the mix. Walt’s seven books on jazz improvisation are among the most respected in the field.

Whether for quartet, nonet, or any configuration in between, Walt's compositions and arrangements have attracted fans and critical notice. Simplicity, (Criss Cross Jazz-1993), met with immediate success. It was number one on Eurojazz radio for four straight weeks and inspired Mel Martin of Saxophone Journal to write: "Walt Weiskopf's prime influence as a player appears to be John Coltrane, but he is no slavish imitator. He gets to musical matters in a powerful and positive way, asserting a definite viewpoint.... He displays much technical accomplishment, yet makes it sound basic and accessible."

Walt's Song for My Mother (Criss Cross Jazz-1994) was awarded four stars in Downbeat. Bret Primack of Jazz Central Station listed Song for My Mother as one of the ten best jazz albums of 1997 and Crusader Magazine chose this recording as its number one Jazz Pick of the Year.

Walt's subsequent recordings, from A World Away in 1994 (Criss Cross Jazz) to the most recent Fountain Of Youth (Posi-tone-2017), have also caused a critical stir. In the September 1997 issue of JazzTimes Bill Milkowski counted Walt among his "five most underrated players"; by 2000, Milkowski found that Walt had fulfilled his early promise, and is "...a major talent...a monster tenor saxophonist as well as a prolific composer and accomplished arranger." Blaine Fallis’ review of Open Road (Posi-tone 2015) in All About Jazz said “Weiskopf is freed up to take off on an improvisatory spectacle that paints the story of his great talent.” About his most recent offering, a 2017 review in the New York City Jazz Record stated “…Fountain of Youth (Posi-tone 2017) could only have come from someone with broad experience in music and life…Weiskopf understands it all.”

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