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Month: November 2007

Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck live at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London November 27, 2007

Jeff Beck played live at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London November 27, 2007. The band was identical with Montreux and Illinois (Vinnie C., Tal W. and Jason R.)- except for vocals (two numbers)where Mr. Beck was joined by Imogen Heap – who has performed with him previously. The club is rather small – 200-250 seats (?), the band was, however, very well received by the audience. T... »

Dennis Wells Benjamin

Reflextions in Jazz

Multilayered studio projects, especially those where only one or two artists create all the colors, can sometimes come across as well-conceived and well-executed, but equally a little cold, a tad sterile. Without live interaction amongst a group of players, music can be too clean, too perfect. Sometimes the best music has a few warts to remind us that what we’re hearing is still human. Which makes... »

Dreadnaught's Fearless Journey

Dreadnaught’s Fearless Journey

High Heat and Chin Music: 10 Years of Dreadnught Red Fez Records, 2007 Ok, so prog is supposed to be rather long pieces of music with occasionally unfathomable passages that boggle the mind and upset the natural order of song-making, redefining the scope of rock and incorporating at least the principles of classical composition. So, what do you with a band like Dreadnaught? Ummm… You listen, that’... »

Tom Heasley

The New Drum n’ Bass

Since emerging on the avant-garde scene in the late 1990s, tubaist Tom Heasley has been steadfastly proving that there’s as much unmined potential with this deep-toned and often unfairly pigeonholed brass instrument as with any other. Still, it may challenge some to believe that this cumbersome instrument has the potential for music of unparalleled beauty, but Heasley proves just that on Passages,... »

Mark Mondesir

Drummer Mark Mondesir Interview

Mark Mondesir knows no borders when it comes to his instrument. His combination of virtuoso stick work, inventive accents, improvisational prowess, and chameleon-like ability to transcend genres has made him one of the world’s most in-demand drummers. Musicians as diverse and influential as Jeff Beck, Art Blakey, Pee Wee Ellis, Imogen Heap, Glenn Hughes, Van Morrison, David Sylvian, McCoy Tyner, a... »

Mickey Hart/Zakir Hussain- Global Drum Project

Mickey Hart/Zakir Hussain: Global Drum Project (Shout Factory !)

Its been fifteen long years since Zakir Hussain and Mickey Hart collaborated on the Grammy Winner Planet Drum (Ryko 1991). Zakir Hussain has always been considered a force in the world of tablas (Indian Hand Drums). Son of illustrious Ustad Alla Rakha, Zakir Hussain is one of the most travelled and recorded musicians, having co-founded Shakti with John McLaughlin, Diga Rhythm band with Grateful De... »

T Lavitz - School Of The Arts

T Lavitz – School Of The Arts

School Of The Arts (Magnatude Records) is the latest album from keyboardist T Lavitz (Dixie Dregs, Jazz Is Dead, Widespread Panic). A great collection of acoustic jazz compositions, School Of The Arts is presented not as a Lavitz solo album exactly, but rather a project or band album, spearheaded by Lavitz. The roster of players on this release is quite impressive – Dave Weckl (Chick Corea) ... »

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