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Month: November 2004

Lifetimes

Lifetimes

Released in 2003. This is a super hot cd from Steve Weingart who is creating musical waves with his keyboards. The album is a fusion of funk, jazz, big band, eastern sound done cleverly and effectively. The first track jump starts you from the get go with catchy melodies , sure to get you funking all the way. Marketplace brings a mystical Middle Eastern sound to the mix. Robben Ford and Ted Karas ... »

Cavemen

Cavemen

This is undoubtedly one of the highly original modern fusion recordings. The compositions are strong in melody and tight grooves, with rock and jazz overtones. Fusion guitarist Anti Kotikoski and bassist J.K. Kleutgens are joined by the great Vinnie Colaiuta who have just blown the roof off with his performance. Steve Taviglione adds the right enough flavour to the entire mix. There are strong imp... »

Saurang Orchestra

Saurang Orchestra

Surinder Sandhu will be a household fusion name soon. This record is one of the successful Indo-West fusion recordings. He plays a Sarangi, an ancient Indian instrument, that has an unmatched sound and space. You might have heard the great Sultan Khan or Ramesh Mishra play it. The focus of the album are the soloists and Surinder gives ample space for them to play. Features acoustic guitar players ... »

The Left End

The Left End

Noted Boston-based guitarist/composer Rick Peckham steps out with this CD, his debut as a bandleader. Commingling elements of Rock, Jazz, Blues and more, Peckham is able to combine these varying facets of his music persona into an immutable whole. Interestingly, while Peckham’s guitar tone is ostensibly electrified, often coarse and gritty like Jeff Beck or Stevie Ray Vaughn, his rhythm sect... »

U Srinivas

Maestro Choice

You have to see this performance to believe it. Maybe you have to wipe your eyes a few times because you wont believe what you are looking. U Srinivas on the five string mandolin is just a ‘badd ass’. He plays traditional carnatic music with a glow. This performance was captured on video last year at the India gate and for those of you who would like to witness visually the sheer geniu... »

Shakti

Summit

Summit is a brand new supergroup with some of the best players of today. The music is highly eclectic in the reigns of Shakti and Hellborg’s east west fusion stuff. This record puts a fresh perspective in the world of fusion music. Brooks performance on the saxophone with a tone, rhythmic concept and harmonic concept is high eclectic . The musical communication between Steve Smith and Zakir ... »

The Grease Factor

The Grease Factor

As Shane describes in his interview, making ‘The Grease Factor’ is was much like making a movie and when you listen to the recording, it comes across much like a movie. With each song like its own vignette, the record takes you to many different places. You will hear an entire range of music from Cajun, rock, jazz, blues and even some eastern flare. Each song is tailored for the musici... »

Freedom

Freedom

Scott Jones is more than just an incredible guitarist, add his stellar compositions and you also end up with more than just another guitar based album. A perfect description of the music on Freedom would be a blend of Tribal Tech, Return to Forever, Herbie Hancock and Spastic Ink. CD comes enhanced with video, transcriptions, MP3’s, free software and a special Chops From Hell presentation. &... »

Project Z

Project Z

Project Z pays homage in its own way to to the musical philosophy of Col. Bruce Hampton on this explosive record. The band says the Col. helped us to crack open, and in fact Hampton himself joins in the fun on Z Phone. Derek Trucks and Count M’Butu (guitar and percussion respectively) also help out at various points. So what is Project Z up to? It’s ultimately a stew of jam rock that v... »

Be the Change

Be the Change

Second record from this young South Indian guitar player based out of Boston. A great all star cast featuring Victor Wooten, saxman Jeff Coffin and drummer Derico Watson, seminal fusion bassist Alphonso Johnson, drummer Ralph Humphrey and multi-instrumentalist Andy Suzuki. The compositions reflect Prasanna’s carnatic background as well as Western jazz and classical ambitions. Shalini surpris... »

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