The Official Website Of Raphael WressnigHammond Organ Player2016-09-23T12:05:25Zhttp://raphaelwressnig.com/feed/atom/WordPressraphaelhttp://raphaelwressnig.com/?p=4092013-05-27T09:51:31Z2013-05-27T09:51:31ZSoul Gift. Beadle, who resides in Boston, has collaborated with Wressnig for years now in the studio and on the stage. As the first-call blues/soul/r&b tenor saxophonist in the States and in Europe, he has performed with many, many notables, among them Charles Brown, Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Witherspoon, Jay McShann, Duke Robillard, and Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson. His latest solo album, Showtime!, has received rave reviews in Downbeat and in other media outlets.]]>0raphaelhttp://raphaelwressnig.com/?p=1172013-05-27T10:07:47Z2013-05-27T09:21:08Z
Raphael Wressnig Organ Combo, a creative adaptation of the classic B-3 jazz trio format, has the B-3 specialist alongside Enrico Crivellaro on guitar and either Silvio Berger or Lukas Knöfler on the drums. Internationally acclaimed Crivellaro hails from Italy, while Berger and Knöfler are among the leading jazz-and-blues-and-beyond musicians found in Austria. RWOC tours extensively, appearing at many leading clubs and festivals on the Continent and elsewhere.
“Oh yes, Raphael plays a dynamic brand of B-3, his passion commensurate with his technique and his creative intelligence. He’s a high-voltage dynamo but also a musician of surprising delicacy and self-reflection. Call him one of the finest blues/jazz/soul B-3 operators anywhere.” (FRANK-JOHN HADLEY, DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE/USA)
“Crivellaro has a predilection for twisting the predictable into sounding fresh. Crivellaro is more than another accomplished guitarist with a wide-ranging knowledge of the blues, jazz, and soul idioms at his fingertips. The edginess and intensity of the blues is often a dynamic counterpoint to the more relaxed vibe of the soul/jazz idioms” (GARY TATE, BAD DOG BLUES/ USA)
RAPHAEL WRESSNIG & ALEX SCHULTZ (USA/A)
RAPHAEL WRESSNIG - Hammond B3 organ
ALEX SCHULTZ - guitars
SILVIO BERGER - drums
Raphael Wressnig & Alex Schultz’s Soul Gift band balances fascinating groove explorations of American roots music with typically exciting arrangements. Schultz is on the short list of top blues-and-global-village guitarists in California, and his extensive resume includes work with the acclaimed Mighty Flyers band and the late harmonica great William Clarke. Soul Gift music draws on Memphis soul, Detroit pop-soul, New Orleans funk, straight-up blues and r&b, Baptist and Pentecostal gospel, and so much else.
Alex Schultz is featured on more than 40 releases in a career spanning close to 20 years, Schultz's first solo CD "Think about it" was released on the Severn label in 2004. Schultz has played with Los Angeles based harmonica masters William Clarke and Rod Piazza for several years and recorded the W.C. Handy-Award-winning Alligator album "Blowing Like Hell" and made appearances on 4 of Clarke's Alligator releases and 5 "Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers" records. After years being involved in the westcoast-blues movement, Schultz is now exploring the groove and soul-jazz sounds he has loved for years.
Throughout the years Raphael Wressnig has created a unique organ style that is both elegant and explosive. He has established himself as one of the top organ players on the international jazz and blues scene. Raphael Wressnig tours extensively throughout the world with his various projects and is in demande by many top of the blues and soul-jazz artists throughout : Europe, Scandinavia, North Africa, Middle East, Asia, Caribbean, USA, Mexico and Russia;
RAPHAEL WRESSNIG & ALEX SCHULTZ
"Soul Gift" (PEPPER CAKE)
"...a superb album of blues guitar, with side trips into other styles" BLUES BYTES/USA
"Run, don't walk to get "Cut a Little Deeper On the Funk" (BHM Productions) the new album from Raphael Wressnig's Organic Trio. The Austria sensation, one of the bluesiest B-3 players around, teams with guitarist Georg Jantscher and drummer Lukas Knofler, along with Sax Gordon, Craig Handy, Christian Bachner and other guests. The set's heavy on the funk "N'Awlins Thang" with ventures into classic Blue Note swing, "Ridin'" Infectious soul in Junior Walker "Road to Detroit" and Cornell Dupree "Stringdance" modes, and mellow R&B ballads "Midnight On the Bayou." The closer "Growlin' the Blues" brings it all home to the smoky Hammond heyday of the fifties and sixties." BLUES REVUE/USA
“laying it deep, playing for keeps
live long, party strong!
here we offer you our SOUL-GIFT!”
Raphael Wressnig & The Big Boogaloo Hornz adds a horn section (saxophone, trumpet, trombone) to the Combo. The sheer velocity of little big band excitement they generate is the very definition of awesome.
"Oh yes, Raphael plays a dynamic brand of B-3, his passion commensurate with his technique and his creative intelligence. He’s a high-voltage dynamo but also a musician of surprising delicacy and self-reflection. Call him one of the finest blues/jazz/soul B-3 operators anywhere. " FRANK-JOHN HADLEY, DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE/USA
Raphael Wressnig (Hammond B3 organ)
Werner Wurm (trombone, arrangement)
Enrico Crivellaro (guitars)
Horst Michael Schaffer (trumpet)
Markus Ecklmayer (saxophone)
Lukas Knöfler (drums)
SAX GORDON – voc., sax
ALEX SCHULTZ – guitar
RAPHAEL WRESSNIG – Hammond B3 organ
LUKAS KNöFLER/SILVIO BERGER – drums
Sax Gordon, today’s rockiest horn-man is teaming up with legendary "west-coast" guitarist Alex Schultz and the upcoming Hammond organist from Austria, Raphael Wressnig, exploring the whole spectrum of rhythm & blues within this sax-guitar-organ-combo!
The four-time W.C. Handy award nominee from Boston is one of the most sought-after saxophonists in today’s Blues and R&B scene. He has been featured as soloist on both the performances and recordings of such highly respected artists as Duke Robillard, Kim Wilson, Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson, Roomful of Blues, Matt "Guitar" Murphy and Jimmy Whiterspoon. He also performed with Solomon Burke, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Junior Wells, Little Milton, Gatemouth Brown and recorded with Jimmy McGriff, Champion Jack Dupree, Pinetop Perkins, Rosco Gordon, Billy Boy Arnold, Charles Brown and many more. Gordon released three Albums on Rounder including "Live at the Sax Blast", which captures the modern-day sax wildman in top form, blasting and shoutin' through a high-energy set of rockin' blues and rhythm & blues.
Alex Schultz is featured on more than 40 releases in a career spanning close to 20 years, Schultz’s first solo CD "Think about it" was released on the Severn label in 2004. Schultz has played with Los Angeles based harmonica masters William Clarke and Rod Piazza for several years and recorded the W.C. Handy-Award-winning Alligator album “Blowing Like Hell” and made appearances on 4 of Clarke’s Alligator releases and 5 "Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers" records. After years being involved in the Westcoast-blues movement, Schultz is now exploring the groove and soul-jazz sounds he has loved for years.
Wressnig’s ascent to status as a prominent B-3 player on the international blues, jazz, and roots-music scenes has made for a interesting life journey. Wressnig has been nominated for a number of prestigious awards. He was a finalist for Austria’s top jazz prize, named after the late saxophonist Hans Koller, and a blues award in France. His albums have been praised in the international music press, a few turning up on “best of the year” lists and in 2013 he was honored with a nomination for best organ player of the year in Downbeat Magazine.
"One of the best and most vibrant young sax players in the business" BLUES REVUE
"…doesn’t have any trouble ripping up his audiences" BILLBOARD
“One of Europe’s top jazz organists”…“brilliant playing” ALLMUSIC.COM
"Wressnig’s virtuosity on his console of dual keyboards, foot pedals, and rotating tone wheels places him in the vanguard of the new B-3 generation, alongside luminaries like John Medeski, Larry Goldings, Wil Blades" DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE
"…a superb album of blues guitar, with side trips into other styles" BLUES BYTES
HARRY SOKAL - saxes
RAPHAEL WRESSNIG – Hammond B3 organ
LUKAS KNÖFLER – drums
Harry Sokal meets Raphael Wressnig
and sparks start to fly.
Harry Sokal Groove finds Sokal, the world-class Austrian jazz tenor saxophonist, in the soulful company of Wressnig and drummer Knöfler. The three have recorded an impressive new album called Where Sparks Start To Fly. Sokal’s numerous credits include membership in the Art Farmer Quintet for over twenty years, and quality-time with Art Blakey, Dave Holland, Terje Rypdal, Joe Zawinul, Idris Muhammad, and, among others, Matthias Ruegg’s Vienna Art Orchestra.