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Walter Lang was born May 13th, 1961 in Schwäbisch Gmünd, a small city some 50 kilometers from Stuttgart, Germany. He grew up with the sound of accordion and piano being played around the house by both his father and grandfather. He studied piano and composition at the Berklee School of Music in Boston; finished his studies at the Amsterdam School of Arts.
In 1988 Walter had the fortune of becoming a founding member of the Rick Hollander Quartet, a group which has enjoyed countless tours of Europe, Japan and America. The group’s 5 CD’s all feature Walter’s trademark piano playing. The Quartet won the 1st prize at the „Europ‘ Jazz Contest“ in Hoeilaart, Belgium in 1990.
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Walter Lang & Lee Konitz Ashiya Pirouet 2007
by Ken Dryden
A few months prior to his 80th birthday last fall, Konitz entered
with the German pianist Walter Lang for a duo recording. Lang
collaborated with Konitz in a number of concerts, but Ashiya is
their first CD
together. Though quite familiar with this format, this is one of
the few times
that Konitz isn't playing a mix of standards and his own works.
Lang is better
known abroad since almost all of his work as a leader has
European labels; he has made only a handful of appearances
as a sideman on
Konitz' dry, whimsical tone is well served by Lang's eloquent
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