Wayne Krantz Trio featuring Keith Carlock (drums) and Nate Wood (bass), Thurs. Oct. 4, 2012


Wayne Krantz Trio
featuring Keith Carlock (drums) and Nate Wood (bass)
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Kuumbwa Jazz

“…grungy, hard-driving riffs and string-caressing melodism…” – All About Jazz

Few guitarists can achieve the sounds that Wayne Krantz gets out of his instrument.  Employing a full array of effects and pedals, his tone can change on a dime, but always sounds like a million bucks. In stately concert halls to dingy New York City bars, Krantz’ playing always adds the right touch. His new album, Howie 61, is his first to feature a strong lead vocal presence and marks a new highlight in Krantz’ career. This show will feature a trio of longtime drummer Keith Carlock and Nate Wood on bass.

A native of Corvallis, Oregon, since launching his solo career with 1991’s Signals Krantz has released nine records, including 2009’s Krantz, Carlock, Lefebvre and his current 2012 release Howie 61.  He’s also collaborated with the likes of Chris Potter, The Brecker Brothers, Carla Bley, Mike Stern and countless more.

Howie 61 represents a bold new direction in his career.  Released on Abstract Logix Records, the album includes such heavyweight sidemen as drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, and bassists Tal Wilkenfeld, and Pino Palladino.  Krantz has utilized vocals before (notably on the Krantz, Carlock, Lefebvre album) but this new record takes it a step further and integrates vocals more completely than any of his previous music.  “I’m very excited about this record,” states Krantz “…I’ve been trying to figure out how to get words into my music for the longest time, and it took so much trial and error just to get to the point where I could use just a few words in a song, and have it feel integrated with the music…it is a step in the direction that’s been in my head now for a really long time.”

From heavy, rockin’ riffs to slinky funk grooves and stirring ballads, Krantz brings many elements to the table on Howie 61, not least of all the kind of innovative, high-voltage guitar slinging he is known for.  The range of tones on this album are illuminated not only by the varying styles of compositions, but by the seemingly endless array of sounds Krantz coaxes out of his guitars, amps and pedals.  On this album, Krantz once again proves he is a musician of incredible depth and vision, unafraid to take risks, and determined to evolve.

Wayne Krantz Trio featuring Keith Carlock (drums) and Nate Wood (bass)

DATE: Thursday, October 4, 2012
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $22/Adv $25/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

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