WAYNE HORVITZ

Eclectic Fusion / Post-Fusion Contemporary / Avant-Garde Jazz / Third Stream / Progressive Big Band / Nu Jazz / Jazz Related Soundtracks • United States
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Wayne Horvitz took piano lessons briefly as a child. At 13, he received a few classical guitar lessons; he found the style unsuitable and quit. A year later, influenced by the records of blues pianist Otis Spann, he took up the piano again. From that point, he was largely self-taught. Horvitz made a name for himself in the '80s by playing with some of the leading lights on the downtown New York-based experimental/improv scene, including Bobby Previte, Butch Morris, Fred Frith, Elliott Sharp, and others. His most famous association was with saxophonist/composer John Zorn as a member of the latter's band, Naked City. Horvitz-led ensembles included the President, the Horvitz/Morris/Previte Trio, and Pigpen. By the mid-'90s, Horvitz had moved from New York to the Pacific Northwest; his primary band became the Seattle-based Zony Mash (Horvitz; Timothy Young, guitar; Keith Lowe, bass; Andy Roth, drums). Their organ-based, groove-oriented music incorporates some read more...
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Songlines 2002
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WAYNE HORVITZ Discography

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WAYNE HORVITZ No Place Fast album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Place Fast
Avant-Garde Jazz 1979
WAYNE HORVITZ Simple Facts album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Simple Facts
Avant-Garde Jazz 1980
WAYNE HORVITZ Some Order, Long Understood album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Some Order, Long Understood
Avant-Garde Jazz 1983
WAYNE HORVITZ Dinner at Eight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dinner at Eight
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1986
WAYNE HORVITZ Nine Below Zero album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nine Below Zero
Eclectic Fusion 1987
WAYNE HORVITZ The President album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The President
Eclectic Fusion 1987
WAYNE HORVITZ Todos Santos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Todos Santos
Eclectic Fusion 1988
WAYNE HORVITZ Miracle Mile album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Miracle Mile
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1992
WAYNE HORVITZ Wayne Horvitz And Pigpen : Miss Ann album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wayne Horvitz And Pigpen : Miss Ann
Eclectic Fusion 1994
WAYNE HORVITZ Monologue: 20 Compositions for Dance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Monologue: 20 Compositions for Dance
Eclectic Fusion 1997
WAYNE HORVITZ 4 + 1 Ensemble album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
4 + 1 Ensemble
Eclectic Fusion 1998
WAYNE HORVITZ American Bandstand (aka Fovever) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
American Bandstand (aka Fovever)
Eclectic Fusion 2000
WAYNE HORVITZ Sweeter Than The Day album cover 4.45 | 2 ratings
Sweeter Than The Day
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2001
WAYNE HORVITZ From A Window album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
From A Window
Eclectic Fusion 2001
WAYNE HORVITZ Film Music 1998-2001 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Film Music 1998-2001
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2002
WAYNE HORVITZ Whispers, Hymns and a Murmur album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Whispers, Hymns and a Murmur
Eclectic Fusion 2006
WAYNE HORVITZ Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet : Way Out East album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet : Way Out East
Eclectic Fusion 2006
WAYNE HORVITZ Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet ‎: One Dance Alone album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet ‎: One Dance Alone
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2008
WAYNE HORVITZ A Walk in the Dark album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Walk in the Dark
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2008
WAYNE HORVITZ The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2013
WAYNE HORVITZ At The Reception album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
At The Reception
Progressive Big Band 2014
WAYNE HORVITZ Some Places Are Forever Afternoon album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Some Places Are Forever Afternoon
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2015
WAYNE HORVITZ The Snowghost Sessions album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
The Snowghost Sessions
Nu Jazz 2018
WAYNE HORVITZ Those Who Remain album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Those Who Remain
Third Stream 2019

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WAYNE HORVITZ Otis Spann and Other Compositions (Seattle Chamber Players) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Otis Spann and Other Compositions (Seattle Chamber Players)
Third Stream 2001
WAYNE HORVITZ Intersection Poems album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Intersection Poems
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
WAYNE HORVITZ Joe Hill: 16 Actions for Orchestra, Voices, and Soloist album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe Hill: 16 Actions for Orchestra, Voices, and Soloist
Eclectic Fusion 2008
WAYNE HORVITZ 55: Music And Dance In Concrete album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
55: Music And Dance In Concrete
Third Stream 2014

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WAYNE HORVITZ This New Generation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
This New Generation
Eclectic Fusion 1987

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WAYNE HORVITZ The Snowghost Sessions

Album · 2018 · Nu Jazz
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In 2015 Wayne Horvitz headed out to Montana to record this album at Snowghost studios, hence the title “The Snowghost Sessions”. Comprising a trio with Wayne on piano as well providing keyboards and electronics, Geoff Harper who had previously appeared with Wayne on his 2014 release “At The Reception” on Contrabass and Eric Eagle who also had appeared with Wayne on “At The Reception” as well the 2015 release which was a tribute to the writer Richard Hugo “Some Places Are Forever Afternoon” is playing drums. Wayne Horvitz states that he had not recorded a Trio album since the eighties and took quite a few tunes and sketches to this session with the majority of the album recorded Live and Wayne providing some overdubs with keyboards. He actually says that he did not set out to make an album but just wanted to try some ideas that he had with amplified and processed piano as the studios at Snowghost are in a class of their own for acoustics with the addition of an already installed Steinway Grand Piano. For these sessions the studio owner Brett Allen is the album’s engineer and co-producer with Wayne.

Fifteen tracks on the album if one counts the bonus with none running over five minutes which keeps things quite fluent with the beautiful “The Pauls” opening being a lovely spaced composition and as with the majority of the album it is down tempo with the following composition “No Blood Relation #1” bringing the electronics into the mix but in a subtle manner with wonderful recurring chords from Wayne on piano with superb support from the bass and drums by just being there in a minimal fashion which is how their support is performed right throughout the majority of the album. There is “No Blood relation #2” being the eighth track and that composition is its own without borrowing from the prior #1. More of that gorgeous piano space and time for “Trish” with many people describing this as contemplative but it sure has that Wayne Horvitz piano tone. “IMB” does bring out the Electronics and would be the album’s most up tempo composition with Eric Eagle having quite a shot on the drum kit within the number.There a quite a few more interesting and beautiful compositions included with the following “Apart From You #1” , “Northampton”, “For James Tenney”, “The Trees”, Yukio and Noa’s Duet” with these four tracks divided by the short piece “Flies On Friday”. All of those compositions having something different to say and some are straight while others have that subtle electronic keyboard effect added. “55 6 (21) Variations” has that organ addition and “55 6 (7) Variations” has a much deeper bass and piano sound bring us to the album’s end with “Apart from You #2” comprising the trio with more of those subtle electronics appearing more to the fore as the composition progresses.

Wonderful and quite different piano based Trio album from Wayne Horvitz and band which requires a few listens to fully appreciate and gets better with every play. Well worth the purchase as Wayne Horvitz albums are.

WAYNE HORVITZ Sweeter Than The Day

Album · 2001 · Post-Fusion Contemporary
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Released in 2001 with the same personnel as Wayne Horvitz’s band Zony Mash but not the same music as the band being still a Quartet is acoustic now. Wayne Horvitz has quite a good a resume for a Jazz musician with film scores, various other bands and styles of music predominately Jazz, Electric and Classical that he has participated in. Many know him from his input into John Zorn’s music with the most well known being “Naked City” but this album “Sweeter Than The Day” also being the band’s name is at opposite ends of that spectrum. What we have here is, albeit being a Quartet this album seems to have more of a Trio sound with a laid back subdued take on the compositions that Wayne included for this project. Prepared and standard piano are played by him for this 2nd album by this incantation with Timothy Young on six and 12 string electric guitar, Keith Lowe on bass and Andy Roth on drums.

There is something about Wayne Horvitz’s piano technique that has always entranced me with the sound seeming to harken back to the early years of Jazz but still presented with a beautiful contemporary sound which is quite present in this acoustic album which starts off with the composition “In One Time and Another”. Plenty of space for this lower timed opening number and that old time sound really starts to emanate with the following “Julian’s Ballad” with Wayne keeping the theme never far off throughout with some beautiful subdued guitar from Timothy Young just adding to the sublime. “LTMBBQ” is mid tempo with Wayne again bouncing around the theme and never straying too far which is the technique he applies in all the compositions for the entire album and once again Young’s guitar just adds a lovely texture. “Sweeter Than The Day” the title track is back to a ballad with more of that old sound emanating from the piano input. “Irondbound” follows with “Waltz From The Oven” after which once again contains just a few notes that just keep reappearing to work around and is another of those beautiful subdued tracks within the album. Another that always grabs my attention whilst listening is “The Little Parade”. “George’s Solo” finishes the album up with more space and silence.

Still getting play here after 17 years since it release and for those days where time seems to slow whilst whiling away your day in the sun or just hanging out it is hard not to appreciate how Wayne Horvitz has captured and placed an atmosphere into wherever you are. Lovely stuff.

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