Violin artist and “Querkopf” (maverick), to be precise. He could almost pass as newcomer – if it were not for the more than three decades as an artist that he has under his belt and that have made him one of the greatest jazz virtuosi in Austria. Born into a Sinti family – his maternal grandmother (née Reinhardt) was a relative of legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt - he took up the violin at the age of eight. The Gipsy Swing also led him to his first public appearances – amongst others - in the legendary Jazzland, a jazz club in Vienna. This performance heralded the beginning of a career lined by numerous performances with the crème de la crème of the international jazz scene. Karl Ratzer, Richard Österreicher, as well as Barney Kessel, Attila Zoller, and the aforementioned Art Farmer instrumentation with Fritz Pauer, Paolo Cardoso, and Mario Gonzi trusted in Zipflo’s genius. On the violin, he shows his full emotional depth. With his ever new and masterly compositions and interpretations he has created his own distinct style. Only a handful of really excellent artists manage to stand out and be truly unique. Zipflo Weinrich achieved this status among other things with his pizzicato, i.e. the plucking of the violin strings, and his audience love him for it. His and his band’s self-imposed mission is to defy categorisation and yet remain a spearhead of contemporary jazz. And one thing’s for sure: the uncompromising individuality and the natural joy of the violin in Zipflo Weinrich’s music will capture anyone listening to him.
Zipflo Weinrich in L.A.
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Zipflo Weinrich is one of the best violinists of Europe. As his playing and very personal interpreting was also noticed and praised in the U.S.A. he now took the chance and recorded this new album with some of his fabulous American friends: Philip Ingram, Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, Alex Acuna... These musicians build the perfect fundament for his deep emotional playing. Great compositions and Zipflo opens up his swingy Jazz music widely into World Music as well into a Funk and Soul direction. An important next step for this great artist!
01. aldino 02. maverick 03. buko‘s song 04. the world is yours 05. lately 06. my people 07. it‘s my time 08. bass ballad 09. rocktune
He is the maverick under the jazz violin players, just records what he likes. So here he choices for a colourful mix of up-to-date jazz sounds. Especially featuring his plucking sound on the violin. The perfect band for this: fritz pauer - piano, paolo cardoso - bass, mario gonzi - drums
01. blues for kate 02. miri menschengi 03. traditionell (Szép a Rozsám) 04. buko‘s song 05. querkopf 06. tschirklo 07. beautiful love 08. merci 09. my one and only love