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Worldwide

by Walt Weiskopf European Quartet

This album is eight tracks of original jazz music with multi-cultural influences from around the world. Rounding out the album are two classic jazz compositions; Soultrane by Tadd Dameron and The Pawnbroker by Quincy Jones.
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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1. Entebbe
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2. Back in Japan
0:36 album only
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3. Soultrane
0:33 album only
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4. Russian Roulette
0:32 album only
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5. Marcie by Moonlight
0:31 album only
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6. Back in Brazil
0:33 album only
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7. Oceans
0:33 album only
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8. The Pawnbroker
0:33 album only
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9. Scottish Folk Song
0:35 album only
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10. Coat of Arms
0:32 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The chance to work with musicians of like mind is priceless. I’ve had this opportunity for the past few years with pianist Carl Winther, bassist Andreas Lang and drummer Anders Mogensen. These three amazing Danish jazz musicians and I have grown together, never more so than on our recent European tour in January of 2019. Toward the end of the month, we recorded our 2nd project together. “Worldwide” was a joy to record. We made the whole record in a few hours. Because we had been performing nightly, our day in the studio was practically effortless. Carl, Andreas and Anders, thank you for playing so great on this record of which I’m so proud.
Entebbe – Uganda is a country I’ve not had the pleasure of visiting. Someday I hope to go, in the meantime; I wanted to give myself a flavor of how a jazz musician might feel in Entebbe.
Back In Japan – I first toured Japan in 1981 with the great Buddy Rich. Since then I’ve been back many times with Toshiko Akiyoshi, Steely Dan and most recently, The Dukes of September. Every visit to Japan is amazing; a juxtaposition of centuries of history with one of the most modern cultures on earth.
Soultrane – This tribute to John Coltrane written by the great Tadd Dameron is such a concise gem to one of the geniuses of our art form. I have drawn endless inspiration and motivation from one of the great legacies we have in jazz.
Russian Roulette – I spent a week in Moscow in 2006. Things have changed in Russia so rapidly in the past few years that this title seemed appropriate.
Marcie by Moonlight – Recently I’ve been working again on one the all-time great standards loved by jazz musicians, Stella by Starlight. A groove came to me based on the first chord change. It reminded me of my beautiful wife and the tune revealed itself to me from the point of that inspiration.
Back In Brazil – When I visited the city of Rio de Janiero in this amazing country while on tour with my nonet in 2003 I vowed I would come back. I hope to have the chance sometime soon but meanwhile, I can dream.
Oceans – What could be more in the spirit of “Worldwide” than “Oceans.” A musical reminder we are all inhabitants of a small planet completely dependent on the ebb and flow of our Oceans.
The Pawnbroker – One of Quincy Jones’ most beautiful melodies written for the movie with Rod Steiger. I was content to play just the melody on this and leave the solo in Carl Winther’s brilliant hands. I couldn’t resist, though, playing on the vamp out!
Scottish Folk Song – Is it ironic that I’m literally on a plane to Glasgow, Scotland as I write this? I arranged this very simple and sad-sounding 16-bar melody years ago and adapted it for our group to feature Carl and Andreas Lang.
Coat of Arms – I found this vamp to be kind of evocative; maybe a little stately; like a gauntlet being laid. This in combination with wanting to play a blues in F was the genesis for the conclusion of the WWEQ’s second project.
--Walt Weiskopf, February 2019

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