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....
- Word of Ear by Mark F. Turner
- Wanted by John Barron
- Wanted by Mark F. Turner
- Space Messengers by Mark F. Turner
- Space Messengers by AAJ Staff
- Rainbows In The Night by Mark F. Turner
- Rainbows In The Night by Jerry D'Souza
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...