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Kurt Rosenwinkel: A Whole New Vista

The Brazilian-influenced Caipi marks exciting, unexpected new directions for the influential guitarist

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Kurt Rosenwinkel (photo by Osamu Kurihara)

There’s something at once disarming and immediately gripping about Caipi, the newest release by guitarist and composer Kurt Rosenwinkel.

In what is probably the boldest departure of his nearly three-decade-long career, Rosenwinkel sings full-blown lyric songs, plays nearly every instrument on the record and creates a vivid panorama of sound, with hard-driving, Brazilian-tinged beats propelling one infectious melody after another. Rosenwinkel recently retired from teaching at the Jazz-Institut Berlin in order to bring Caipi to fruition and devote himself entirely to performing and recording again.

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