Jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel and Swiss pianist Jean-Paul Brodbeck join forces on “The Chopin Project”, a historic collaboration reinterpreting the music of Fréderic Chopin for jazz quartet.
A collaborative reinterpretation of Chopin’s music for jazz quartet, Rosenwinkel and Brodbeck are joined by the brilliant young Swiss bassist Lukas Traxel, and drummer Jorge Rossy, a leading figure in the Spanish and American jazz communities. To be released on April 22nd, 2022.
The band met for the recording in Zurich in August 2021 and discovered an immediate chemistry and rapport. Brodbeck’s piano outlines the beauty of Chopin’s compositional structures, while Rossy and Traxel provide an energetic textural groove which subtly reframes that beauty into the rhythmic language of jazz. It’s this foundation which allows Rosenwinkel’s ecstatic lead lines to fly over the band, metamorphosing Chopin’s familiar melodies into something profoundly new.
“The Chopin Project” demonstrates with deft precision how refreshing it can be when we treat the music of the western classical canon as a living document, and allow ourselvesthe freedom to reinterpret it with curiosity and open ears.
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