Philadelphia native Kurt Rosenwinkel attended Berklee College of Music in Boston but dropped out before finishing his degree to go on tour with Gary Burton, the school's dean at the time. In the early-1990s, the emerging guitarist moved to New York, where he was quickly recruited by local bands for his intuitive, expansive playing style. In 1998, Rosenwinkel released his first solo album, Intuit, a collection of jazz standards. Two years later, he made his major label debut on Verve with The Enemies of Energy. In 2005, the artist released Deep Song, featuring his signature fluid melodies and cascading guitar lines. Reflections came out in 2009, followed by Star of Jupiter three years later.