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KURT ROSEN­WINKEL

Star of Jupiter Wom­mu­sic

★★★★★ The stakes are al­ways high when gui­tarist Kurt Rosen­winkel puts out a new al­bum, given the qual­ity and orig­i­nal­ity of his out­put over the past decade. He does the very op­po­site of dis­ap­point on this pow­er­fully melodic, deeply grooving dou­ble CD. The su­perb quar­tet in­cludes fel­low prodigy Aaron Parks on key­boards, the ag­ile Eric Re­vis on bass, and drum wun­derkind Justin Faulkner, poached from the Bran­ford Marsalis group. The com­po­si­tions range from hard swing­ing jazz to mes­meric groovers to ru­mi­na­tive bal­lads, and the band pos­i­tively burns through them. In the end, it’s all about Rosen­winkel’s end­lessly in­ven­tive, ut­terly won­der­ful solo­ing. A dou­ble al­bum sounds like hubris with some artists, but with Rosen­winkel it’s the more the mer­rier. Just let the boy play. kurtrosen­winkel.com

COR­MAC LARKIN MAGICO: JAN GAR­BAREK/ EG­BERTO GIS­MONTI/ CHAR­LIE HADEN

Carta de Amor ECM ★★★★ There must be a base­ment in Mu­nich stuffed with live record­ings by ECM artists yet to be cleared for re­lease by the la­bel’s founder, the fa­mously metic­u­lous Man­fred Eicher. This gem, which has lan­guished un­der­ground since 1981, features the happy con­ver­gence of three dis­tinct voices: free jazz pioneer Char­lie Haden, Scan­di­na­vian wailer Jan Gar­barek and Brazil­ian poly­glot Eg­berto Gis­monti. The tunes are mostly Gis­monti’s, the mu­si­cal di­rec­tion was coming from Haden, and the voice soar­ing over it all is the in­com­pa­ra­ble Gar­barek. Few mu­si­cians can pull off “sweet” with as lit­tle toe-curl­ing as Gar­barek, and his dis­arm­ingly sim­ple melodies, rooted in folk mu­sic, are as pure and crys­talline now as they must have seemed 30 years ago. ecm­records.com

COR­MAC LARKIN

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