The Next Step (Kurt Rosenwinkel album)

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The Next Step
Studio album by
RecordedMay 12 – Jun 27, 2000
ProducerKurt Rosenwinkel, Jason Olaine
Kurt Rosenwinkel chronology
The Enemies of Energy
The Next Step
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[2]

The Next Step is Kurt Rosenwinkel's fourth album as a band leader.[3] It is his second release on Verve, and regarded as a major step in his creative evolution.[1] Rosenwinkel says of the album: "It represents the culmination of many life phases for me. Some of these phases started ten years ago and have finally found resolution in this record. It represents the next step in my music and in my life".[4] The album debuts a number of compositions which would become staples of his live performances, and would also be re-recorded on his albums Deep Song and Star of Jupiter. The material was developed by the band during their frequent gigs at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City. Mitch Borden, the club's owner recalled that, "Kurt Rosenwinkel's band played with such dramatic fire, that it would consume everyone present".[5] The album features several songs with alternate guitar tunings, and also showcases Kurt Rosenwinkel's piano playing on the title track.

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Kurt Rosenwinkel
  1. "Zhivago" – 9:04
  2. "Minor Blues" – 5:54
  3. "A Shifting Design" – 7:11
  4. "Path of the Heart" – 6:15
  5. "Filters" – 7:43
  6. "Use of Light" – 9:17
  7. "The Next Step" – 10:01
  8. "A Life Unfolds" – 6:31



  1. ^ a b Edelstein, Paula. "The Next Step Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  2. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1238. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  3. ^ Lyles, R. Mark Turner Discography, accessed May 7, 2019
  4. ^ Rosenwinkel, Kurt. "The Next Step Interview". Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  5. ^ Borden, Mitch (2001). The Next Step - Liner Notes. Verve.

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