Michael Wolff has just released his new album Swirl

Michael Wolff’s has just released his new album Swirl (January 25 / Sunnyside). It’s a radiant new piano-trio album featuring bassist Ben Allison and drummer Allan Mednard, recorded live in the audiophile-worthy environs of the Yamaha piano salon in Manhattan, for a small group of invited guests.

Swirl is a deftly programmed, smartly paced nine-track program, recorded live in the audiophile-worthy environs of the Yamaha piano salon in Manhattan. It kicks off with “Allison,” a gorgeous, ebullient, singing tune co-written by Wolff and his bassist; prior to the trio, the two musicians and New York neighbors developed deep chemistry as a duo. “Metairie,” named for the New Orleans suburb where Wolff has family he continues to visit, is a sly, inquisitive exercise in midtempo swing. “Jenny” was crafted in tribute to a friend who had also suffered with disease—and then rewritten after she found the first piece too dissonant. Following her feedback, Wolff went back to the grindstone with a new m.o.: “I’m going to try to write the prettiest melody I possibly can.” Boasting a blues-flecked groove and a simmering yet driving beat, “Tough Ashkenazi” takes its title from a conversation Wolff had with his pal and fellow pianist Fred Hersch. In 2011, Hersch revealed his own harrowing story of illness, in an innovative stage work called My Coma Dreams. “We’re some tough Ashkenazi’s,” Hersch told Wolff, citing the pair’s shared fortitude and Jewish roots, and causing Wolff to ponder the connection between those traits. “No,” Wolff replied with a laugh. “We’re some tough Ashkenazi motherf—ers.”

Michael Wolff’s New Album: Zenith

Michael Wolff’s first solo album, Zenith, has officially been released into the world. The album includes a mixture of original compositions, as well as songs written by Sufjan Stevens, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins and more. You can check out the full track listing below.

Here’s the response from Gary Walker of WBGO, the premier Jazz radio station for the New York City area:

“Michael has captured the diverse spirit of a solo performance done well: from the opening New Orleans bounce; to Makin’ Whoopee the way we all hope to; the choice of Sufjan Stevens; the rollicking sun/fun of St. Thomas; the floating dischord of Cry Me a River; he’s not stayed Too Long at the Fair. The lights are bright, the creativity, phrasing and turn on a dime feelings, taking us along. I enjoyed every ride. Zenith – a perfect title for this outstanding expression. Those 20 questions sessions with oneself can be damning. Sure sounds like Michael has the answers.”

Side 1
The Doc (Michael Wolff)
Giant Steps (John Coltrane)
Makin’ Whoopee (Walter Donaldson / Gus Kahn)
Flint (Sufjan Stevens)
Euphoria (Michael Wolff)
All the Things You Are (Jerome Kern)
Blue Couch (Michael Wolff)

Side 2
Billie’s Bounce (Charlie Parker)
Cry Me a River (Arthur Hamilton)
Little M (Michael Wolff)
Madimba / St. Tomas (Michael Wolff / Sonny Rollins)
Polly (Michael Wolff)
Too Long at the Fair (Billy Barnes)

** Zenith is currently available for purchase at iTunes, Amazon, and through the store on MichaelWolff.com **

Michael Wolff & Franz Hack Duo Play Opening of the European Forum Alpach

Michael Wolff and Franz Hackl Duo are playing the opening concert of the European Forum Alpbach Wednesday, August 13 at 7PM
 http://www.alpbach.org/en/vortrag/eroeffnungskonzert-teil-ii/

Behre Series Jazz Master Classes at the Adamant Music School

June 9 – 13, 2014

NOTE: The deadline for applications is April 1, 2014.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Adamant Music School
1241 Haggett Road
Adamant, VT 05640
(802) 229-9297

Wolff & Clark Expedition

“Wolff & Clark Expediton” Debuts Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola!

Join the Wolff & Clark Expedition at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s swanky Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola for a night of bluesy, grooving music and good times as we celebrate the release of their debut album, “Wolff & Clark Expedition” on Random Act Records. On Thursday, February 28th, 2013, two sets at 7:30 and 9:30pm, we will be featuring an amazing band with fresh arrangements and compositions, you’ll be sure to be moving your feet by the end of the night. We recommend you make reservations and bring your friends! Read More →