Born: February 10, 1958
Pianist Michael Weiss, grand prize winner of the 2000 BMI/Thelonious Monk Institute Composers Competition, has established a formidable reputation working with such names as Johnny Griffin, Art Farmer and Wynton Marsalis. In addition to his demand as a sideman, Weiss' role as bandleader, recording artist, composer, arranger and educator have earned him accolades from both audiences and critics: ...one of the most dynamic young pianists in jazz Chicago Tribune ...focuses the intensity of a tune as well as any pianist in mainstream jazz New York Times ...writes with thought-provoking originality JazzTimes ...one of the most dependable pianists on the scene The New Yorker...
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“Weiss has a rich palette of composing devices at his command, and his ebullient piano constantly buoys this recording.” Downbeat
“Soul Journey shows contemporary writers and players can play jazz that’s forceful, distinctive and exciting. The music on Soul Journey has warmth, integrity and above all, originality.” JazzTimes
“It’s not often that you find jazz compositions of the caliber that Michael Weiss offers up on Soul Journey...