Raphael Wressnig & Alex Schultz’s Soul Gift Band


RAPHAEL WRESSNIG - Hammond B3 organ
ALEX SCHULTZ - guitars

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;

Current CD:
"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!”