–Tourist was selected as one of the Best Jazz releases of 2013 by the Huffington Post
“All of that experience shows here as Wirtz puts forth on Tourist an incredibly rich album steeped in jazz that is far beyond his years . . . Wirtz showcases a massively vast range, virtuoso phrasing and impeccable taste.” – Brian Johnson, Marquee Magazine
“What Wirtz does with the piano is brilliant, a genius . . . ” — Joshua Johnson, Hey Reverb
“There are a few artists out there that can still play instruments in a way that will make your jaw hit the floor while plucking your heart strings . . . So enter pianist Jon Wirtz who just released his latest CD entitled Tourist. What do bands like Aaron Parks, Jacky Terrasson, and Keith Jarrett have that Jon Wirtz don’t? Not much if you ask me . . . let me go on record by saying he is what the world has been waiting for musically.” – Rory Richardson, AllWhatsRock.com
"I get the same sensation with Wirtz as I do Joshua Redman, Herbie Hancock, and even Coltrane.” – Music Emissions
“Indeed the skill set of the player will dictate how well your attention span can be maintained. What am I trying to say? Wirtz pulls it off flawlessly.” – Michael Mullins – Skope Mag
“Sea Level by Jon Wirtz is a brilliant collection of music.” – Cyrus Rhodes – Indie Music Digest
“He is no doubt a gifted player & composer . . . It takes talent to hold the attention span of a listener with just one instrument, Wirtz pulls this off with sheer poise.” – Markus Druery – Indieshark
“Sea Level (first record) is one amazing solo debut…” – Jeanie Straub – Colorado Music Buzz
This is a small collection of holiday tunes I recorded for solo piano. With the holidays being such a hectic time for most, I wanted to share something that would be simple, beautiful, and feels like home. Seven takes, seven tracks. I hope you enjoy.
A short, heartfelt trio recording featuring John Grigsby on bass and Tom Tilton on drums.