New York fusion guru Wayne Krantz is currently reimagining tunes by Prince, Dylan, McCartney, and more on his Undercover Pop tour, and Guitar Player is proud to present his stop on Tuesday, October 25th, in Oakland’s Jack London Square at the venerable jazz house and Japanese restaurant, Yoshi’s.
Krantz is a maestro with a signature way of generating interesting right-hand rhythms, and weaving innovative melodies amid complex chords on a Strat-style instrument. His sound is rapidly recognizable regardless of context, and he’s applied it to an extensive variety of settings. Krantz’ credits as a sideman include Steely Dan, Michael Brecker, and Billy Cobham, and he’s got ten records under his belt as a bandleader. His most recent—2014’s Good Piranha-Bad Piranha—features instrumental reworkings of tunes by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Ice Cube, and MC Hammer.
According to the tour press release, Krantz’ Undercover Pop show includes original takes on tunes by Nine Inch Nails, Sonic Youth, Talking Heads, Jethro Tull, Talib Kweli & Mos Def, Ryuichi Nakamoto, and others. At Yoshi’s, Krantz’ 2X Salvation band will consist of drummer Zack Danziger (Blood, Sweat & Tears, Randy Brecker), and bassist Kevin Scott (Col. Bruce Hampton, Atlanta Funk Society). Watch the Undercover Pop tour promo video here.
Get tickets and more information about the GP Presents date on October 25th in Oakland at Yoshi’s here.
Read Guitar Player’s latest interview with Krantz where he reveals the origins of his unique style here.
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Guitar Player Presents Wayne Krantz and 2X Salvation Performing “Undercover Pop”
Tuesday, October 25
Yoshi’s 510 Embarcadero
West Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607
7:30pm doors, 8pm show; All Ages
Free Guitar Player magazines, D’Addario strings, Planet Waves accessories, and a Mesa/Boogie pedal raffle.