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Wolfgang Schalk

“Wolfgang Schalk is a guitarist’s guitarist... No matter how frenetic or soothing his playing may become, Schalk always plays with a master improviser’s sense of quest.” - DownBeat

“For some time now Wolfgang Schalk has shown that he is one of the brightest stars in the jazz guitar firmament. On his new release, he turns up the wattage and delivers his strongest CD to date and one of the best jazz releases this year.” - Tom Evered, fmr GM & SVP, Blue Note Records

Hailed by critics in the US and Europe as “one of the best jazz guitarists”, Wolfgang 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 today’s creative voices. The music is driven by Wolfgang’s distinctive sound and edgy conception, demonstrating his virtuosity on both, arch top and on nylon string acoustic guitar. 
 Recalling the sounds of esteemed fret-board masters Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, John Scofield, John McLaughlin and Pat Metheny, Schalk expands on the tradition by playing dynamic music expressing thoughtfulness and original artistic abilities as one of the most talented guitarists of his generation.


”Obsession” features ten original pieces written by Wolfgang, his eighth album as a leader. The music is driven by Wolfgang’s distinctive sound and edgy conception, demonstrating his virtuosity on both, arch top and on nylon string acoustic guitar.

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“Wolfgang Schalk is a guitarist’s guitarist... No matter how frenetic or soothing his playing may become, Schalk always plays with a master improviser’s sense of quest.” - DownBeat Editors’ Picks Bobby Reed


“One of the brightest stars in the jazz guitar firmament and one of the best jazz releases this year.” - Tom Evered, fmr GM & SVP, Blue Note Records

“Wolfgang Schalk has enjoyed an enviable career… Schalk’s crystalline leads are soulful and elegant.” - Jazziz

“A musician with religious intensity and a composer with heavy virtuosity… a delicacy of decadent genius.” - Couleurs Jazz HITS

“Superb outing by Austrian guitarist is fueled by the forcefully swinging rhythm section..

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Discography

Obsession

Obsession

Frame Up Music
2019

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From Here to There

From Here to There

Frame Up Music
2016

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Word of Ear

Word of Ear

Frame Up Music
2012

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The Second Third Man ft. Michael Brecker Remixed & Remastered

The Second Third Man...

Frame Up Music
2012

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Wanted

Wanted

Frame Up Music
2008

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Space Messengers

Space Messengers

Universal Music Group
2005

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The Intergallactic Relay Race

The Intergallactic Relay Race

Wolfgang Schalk
Rainbows in the Night

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