On the heels of Ronnie Scott's sold-out London show last month, guitar maverick Wayne Krantz announces upcoming dates for his U.S. tour set to begin February 11th in Nashville, TN and run through April 4nd in Indianapolis. The tour includes a month of dates in Asia with stops in Japan, Korea and China, among others.
Released November 18th, Krantz’s new set, Good Piranha/Bad Piranha, is his full-throttle double-take on four contemporary pop and hip-hop songs, from which he plunders the textural, rhythmic and harmonic intrigue that has come to define each of his unique projects.
Joining Krantz on Good Piranha/Bad Piranha are his longtime trio mates Keith Carlock (Steely Dan, Sting, Toto) on drums and Tim Lefebvre (Tedeschi Trucks Band) on bass. Recent cohort Nate Wood (Sting, George Harrison, Chaka Khan, Kneebody) reprises his chameleonic role in Krantz’ touring band, appearing here on bass for the first versions of the four tunes and then on drums for the second. The material is delicately enhanced by occasional vocal interjections courtesy of Argentinian songstress, Gabriela Anders.
The reviews have been glowing with Guitarist Magazine claiming in its 4 ½ star review, “…it sounds like nothing else you’ll hear this year…From the ring-mod-on-bad-acid of Thom Yorke’s ‘Black Swan’ to a hilarious MC Hammer reworking, it’s truly exhilarating.”
While the 4-star review in UK’s Guardian says, “…U Can’t Touch This, meanwhile, has a vivacious, bouncing groove, fresh and long-lined guitar phrasing, and wacky, Ed Wood flying saucer-like whirrs…it never stops rocking.”
Presenting two distinct versions each of Pendulum’s “Comprachicos,” M.C. Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This,” Ice Cube’s “My Skin is My Sin” and Radiohead vocalist Thom Yorke’s “Black Swan,” Krantz extracts and serves up a surprising range of nuance by switching up musicians and applying his inimitable instrumental inventiveness.
Wayne Krantz Trio (Anthony Jackson (Bass), Keith Carlock (Drums)) Itinerary:
Feb 11 The City Winery Nashville, TN
Feb 12 Smiths Olde Bar Atlanta, GA
Feb 13 Smokey Joes Cafe Charlotte, NC
Feb 15 Miraverse-Manifold Pittsboro, NC
Feb 18 Sellersville Theater Sellersville, PA
Feb 19 The Iridium Jazz Club New York, NY
Feb 20 The Iridium Jazz Club New York, NY
Feb 21 Jammin Java Vienna, VA
ASIA TOUR: Feb 25-March 20
Mar 24 Jazz Alley Seattle, WA
Mar 25 Jazz Alley Seattle, WA
Mar 26 Yoshis Oakland, CA
Mar 28 Ramona Mainstage Ramona, CA
Mar 31 Catalinas Jazz Club Los Angeles, CA
Apr 01 Catalinas Jazz Club Los Angeles, CA
Apr 02 The City Winery Chicago, IL
Apr 03 Dakota Jazz Club Minneapolis, MN
Apr 04 The Jazz Kitchen Indianapolis, IN
EUROPEAN TOUR: MAY 7 - MAY 30