Primary Instrument: Guitar
Using his keen talent for musical invention, Wolfgang Schalk has garnered international acclaim as a gifted guitarist and composer.
Wolfgang Schalk's new release Word of Ear further showcases his talent as a consummate guitarist, playing with deep soulfulness and feeling. A guitarist with impeccable chops, Schalk delivers hard swinging and emotive compositions in the vein of the patriarchal jazz guitarist lineage while highlighting his membership in the elite club of todays creative voices.
With the follow up to his critically acclaimed release Wanted (Frame Up Music 2008) the bi-coastal (NY/LA) jazz guitarist presents new music with an exciting band. Yet, in contrast to the familiar term word of mouth, it is the music that speaks with its unique yet familiar language. This embodies the essence of Word of Ear as Schalk reaffirms that jazz is one of the deepest art-forms”. These concepts are fully realized within the recording's nine tracks....
world class in every sense of the term...With “Wanted”, Schalk proves once again that some of the strongest and exciting voices in jazz guitar are coming from the other side of the Atlantic. - Just Jazz Guitar
...one of the best jazz guitarists on the US scene (he lives in the US)...Heartily recommended, and I've been playing jazz on the radio for 30 years. - John Motavalli, WPKN Radio, CT
Superb outing by Austrian guitarist is fueled by the forcefully swinging rhythm section... A decided Pat Metheny-Pat Martino influence on the burning title track, the mellow bossa “Monroe Street” and the frantic “A Hip Bop. - JazzTimes (Bill Milkowski)
Schalk's make -it -look -easy swing and brisk, mellifluous lines...the younger axeman tailors the influences to his own ends rather than simply throwing on hand-me-downs.” - Philadelphia Daily News (Critic's picks by Shaun Brady)
a powerful force...Schalk's single-note lines, on both electric and acoustic guitar, evoke the pin-point precision style of Pat Martino with the acumen of Pat Metheny...exceptional release. - All About Jazz (John Barron)
Each ringing note drips with feeling...This is very moving music played with a purpose. - Jazz.com
Wanted is a superlative album. A rarity, that speaks a very special, suggestive, lasting language in the transatlantic world of the jazz guitar. - Jazz Podium (Alexander Schmitz)
The intricate interplay between these four gentlemen is stunning...the music on Wanted is filled with supercharged emotion. - All About Jazz LA (George Harris)
“I agree with others who have said his songs could become jazz standards...a first-rate composer.” - Jazzreview.com
impressive spidery chops...Schalk can’t deny the Wes Montgomery influence in his playing but he’s no mere clone. - Cadence Magazine
Schalk and Brecker are perfect foils...This is a high-caliber chops fest in the best tradition of the jazz-rock idiom. - Jazz.com
Schalk was palatable and creative, while strongly influenced by Pat Martino's blistering and ex-pressive methods,...Schalk's playing was the main focus and he placed away, ... - LA Jazz Scene (Chris Walker)
Schalk lists a pair of Pats - Martino and Metheny - as influences. And both of those disparate styles surface from time to time in his intriguing work. But Schalk's own orientation, which reaches from warm-toned melodic playing to free-style adventuring, are equally present. - Los Angeles Times (Don Heckman)
Like older guitarists such as Jim Hall and Pat Martino and younger players such as Adam Rogers and Kurt Rosenwinkel, Schalk clearly deserves greater recognition for his own soulful articulation and deep skills. - All About Jazz (Mark F.Turner)
His soft tone recalls Wes Montgomery, but his lines are full of surprises and, of course, the tempos are awfully bright. - Los Angeles City Beat
Space Messengers (Universal/Emarcy, 2005)
Rainbows in the Night (West East Music, 2002)
The Second Third Man (West East Music, 1996)
The Be Hop Hip Bop (West East Music, 1993)
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