Taking the Write Way

yncopation. From slave-era “banjo and bones” accompaniment to ragtime through postbop and bossa nova, it’s always been the beating heart of the jazz idiom. And it’s a fundamental principle that helps one begin to decode the singular musical language of cliché-defying guitar antihero Wayne Krantz. His work with Steely Dan, Michael Brecker, Leni Stern, Michael Formanek, Carla Bley, and others gives us glimpses into an idiosyncratic musical mind that finds its full expression on solo albums like 1993’s , 1995’s, the thunderous from 2009, and 2014’s prismatic jazz-rock EP .

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