|The Next Step|
|Studio album by|
|Recorded||May 12 – Jun 27, 2000|
|Producer||Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jason Olaine|
|Kurt Rosenwinkel chronology|
|The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings|||
The Next Step is Kurt Rosenwinkel's fourth album as a band leader. It is his second release on Verve, and regarded as a major step in his creative evolution. 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". The album debuts a number of compositions which would become staples of his live performances, and would also be rerecorded 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". The album features several songs with alternate guitar tunings, and also showcases Kurt Rosenwinkel's piano playing on the title track.
- All compositions by Kurt Rosenwinkel
- "Zhivago" – 9:04
- "Minor Blues" – 5:54
- "A Shifting Design" – 7:11
- "Path of the Heart" – 6:15
- "Filters" – 7:43
- "Use of Light" – 9:17
- "The Next Step" – 10:01
- "A Life Unfolds" – 6:31
- Kurt Rosenwinkel – guitar, piano (track 7)
- Mark Turner – tenor saxophone
- Ben Street – bass
- Jeff Ballard – drums
- Edelstein, Paula. "The Next Step Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
- Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1238. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
- Lyles, R. Mark Turner Discography, accessed May 7, 2019
- Rosenwinkel, Kurt. "The Next Step Interview". Retrieved 26 April 2013.
- Borden, Mitch (2001). The Next Step - Liner Notes. Verve.