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Write Out Your Head

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Write Out Your Head
Write Out Your Head


Anyone who's seen guitarist Wayne Krantz playing trio at his ongoing 55 Bar residency in NYC has witnessed the deepening connection to spontaneous improvisation, making 'Write Out Your Head', even more of a surprise than its larger ensemble might promise.

Though characteristically personal and free-spirited, the record is, aside from the drums, almost entirely devoid of improvisation. Featuring a handful of brief standout solos by saxophone master Chris Potter and a single solo by the leader - a fuzz-drenched, visceral outpouring on the brooding "Xandea" - the thrust of the album is the writing itself which, unlike Krantz' previous albums, was purportedly done completely away from the guitar.

With an expanded group driven by star drummer Keith Carlock and four (!) of the world's top bass players splitting the chair, 'Write Out Your Head' is the most dedicated tribute to Krantz' compositional ear since 1993's 'Long To Be Loose'. Gabriela Anders contributes sonic colour on half the tracks, and Krantz' sequenced Rhodes (!) indispensably defines the album's wide-ranging harmonies throughout.

'Write Out Your Head' is a record that transcends its own formalities and opens windows onto views both unfamiliar and resonating. Given the chance, these songs - bristling with content, energy, fantastic playing and inspiration - will get into your head, and your spirit.

Personnel: Gabriela Anders (vox/percussion), Keith Carlock (drums), Wayne Krantz (Rhodes sequence, guitar), Will Lee (bass, 3,5,7), Tim Lefebvre (bass, 8), Orlando Le Fleming (bass, 1,4), Pino Palladino (bass, 2,6), Chris Potter (saxophone)


  1. Name
  2. Kulturny
  3. Well-Spoken Astronaut
  4. Xandea
  5. High 70s
  6. Write Out Your Head
  7. Ride
  8. Hello World
  9. Magic 44
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