Michael Wolff


Anything can happen when pianist/composer Michael Wolff enters a studio. From the heavy grooves of his band Impure Thoughts to intimate solo and duo recitals, Wolff the recording artist is a man of many skills and moods. "It's never intellectual for me when I record," he emphasizes. "It's about what I feel."


Wolff was feeling jazz - the tradition that has nurtured him and the spirit of adventure that keeps moving the music forward - when he cut Joe's Strut, his new disc scheduled for release by Wrong Records on February 10, 2009. "Jazz is my background, it's what I grew up playing," he says. "I love Impure Thoughts, but the emphasis on percussion and the volume make it harder to deal with things like harmonic movement and my piano touch. And after my trio album Jazz, Jazz, Jazz was released in 2007 and I began performing in that format again, playing in an acoustic setting just felt right. I can retain the blues feeling underneath, while using all of the sophisticated harmonic things I've learned. As a pianist, it gives me more space."


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