“Weiss emerges as one of the finest artists to mine the post bop arena. Not since Dave Douglas has a trumpet player come along with such a perfect combination of technical prowess, unerring instinct for captivating melody, harmony and counterpoint, and sheer emotional force.” – John Kelman, All About Jazz
“Weiss writes tunes with evocative melodic ambivalence and veering surprises and hovering pedal points and metrical asymmetry, all qualities associated with the sensibility that Wayne Shorter brought to jazz. But Weiss does not repeat it, he expands upon it.” – Thomas Conrad, Downbeat Magazine
In a jazz climate that rewards neo-conservative tributes and farflung exercises in deconstruction, David Weiss has distinguished himself another way: through finding flexibility and innovation in music that has its roots in the mainstream. The trumpeter, composer, and arranger has had the opportunity to learn from some of the music’s quintessential figures by touring and/or recording with the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Charles Tolliver, Billy Harper, Bobby Hutcherson, Slide Hampton, James Moody, Tom Harrell, Louis Hayes, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Billy Hart, among many others.
Weiss has been a major catalyst and creator of some of the most critically acclaimed and respected jazz to have been released over the years. In his various roles of trumpeter, composer, arranger, producer, talent-scout, historian and bandleader – he currently leads The Cookers, The New Jazz Composers Octet, Endangered Species, Point of Departure, and the David Weiss Sextet – it is certainly not an exaggeration to call Weiss a jazz renaissance man. Weiss, featured on over eighty recordings, was also the creative force behind the revitalized careers of Freddie Hubbard, Charles Tolliver, and others.
When Words Fail is the latest project from the prolific bandleader who has really hit his stride lately, releasing more than nine critically acclaimed albums by five singular ensembles in the past six years: The New Jazz Composers Octet –The Turning Gate (Weiss’ 2008 Motema debut); three tour-de-force albums by the jazz supergroup, The Cookers –Warriors (JLP 2010), Cast The First Stone (Plus Loin 2011) and Believe (their Motema debut in 2012); David Weiss & Point of Departure’s two live albums on Sunnyside, Snuck In (2010) and Snuck Out (2011), and the band’s studio album, Venture Inward (Posi-Tone 2013); and most recently, Weiss’ stunning tribute to Wayne Shorter (“One of the best records, jazz or otherwise, of 2013”-eMusic), Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter (Motema 2013).
For the recording of When Words Fail the award-winning artist reassembled his “original band”, The David Weiss Sextet, featuring his original band-mates (once fledgling artists, and now proven jazz stalwarts), Marcus Strickland, Myron Walden, Xavier Davis, Dwayne Burno, and E.J. Strickland. When Words Fail is the David Weiss Sextet’s first album in almost ten years, and the long-awaited follow up to The Mirror, which John Kelman of AllAboutJazz called, “A masterpiece by any definition . . . an album that is heady in both senses of the word – intelligent and exhilarating.
David Weiss– Trumpet
Myron Walden– Alto Sax
Marcus Strickland– Tenor Sax
Xavier Davis– Piano
E.J. Strickland– Drums
Linda Oh– Bass