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Month: April 2010

Mark Egan

Mark Egan: Funk to the Fore

Mark Egan is considered to be one of the most respected and in-demand electric bassists on the music scene today. His unique fretless bass sound and style is both distinctive and versatile and his musical contributions incomparable. With three platinum and three gold albums to his credit, Mark has recorded with the Pat Metheny Group, Sting, Arcadia, Roger Daltry and Joan Osborne; performed with th... »

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension, live, Nice, April 22, 2010

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension played their first concert of their European tour 2010 in Nice, France on April 22. The lineup is Etienne Mbappe (electric five-string bass), Gary Husband (keyboards and drums) and Mark Mondesir (drums). The set started out with Raju, followed by Nostalgia. The next number – Hi-Jacked featured Etienne Mbappe giving a most intricate solo on which was Dominique ... »

Michael Landau, Robben Ford: Renegade Creation

Michael Landau, Robben Ford: Renegade Creation

Renegade Creation (Blues Bureau International – a division of Shrapnel Records) is a thinking man’s blues rock album featuring a dream-team of four top shelf musicians – Michael Landau (guitar), Robben Ford (guitar), Jimmy Haslip (bass) and Gary Novak (drums). Though this is the first time the four have recorded an album together, it’s not as though there’s no history... »

Cindy Blackman

Cindy Blackman: Talking Drums

She has been touted as one of the hottest drummers in the business,” by the Star-Gazette and today is regarded as one of the top drummers in the world. Cindy Blackman is a stalwart, highly adaptable musician who easily moves from straight-ahead jazz to rock to funk to fusion and other musical ports of call. Blackman has recorded several jazz albums under her own name, and has performed with acclai... »

David Lindley

David Lindley – Live in Oslo – April 16, 2010

David Lindley played a rare solo concert in Oslo, Norway, April 16, 2010. He performed his songs utilizing various slide guitars, saz, oud and other string instruments. The set list comprised Seminole Bingo (Warren Zewon), Soul Of a Man (Blind Willie Johnson), The Boys Under The Bridge (Bruce Springsteen) as well as what may very well may be Mr. David Lindleys signature melody, Mercury Blues (K.C.... »

Paul Stranahan's PSI

Paul Stranahan’s PSI

Paul Stranahan’s PSI finds the drummer in a rotating trio setting revisiting and trudging the path of the sometimes ethereal, sometimes aggressive modern jazz idiom. With compatriots Jeremy Bleich (bass) and guitarists Chris Bober, Mike Barna and Jeff Charmek, the Insomnia ensemble blurs the line between composition and improvisation while seamlessly moving between consonant and dissonant textures... »

Desert Troll's Final Step

Desert Troll’s Final Step

Desert Trolls, Final Step’s debut is a fist full of pumping fusion, funk and electric jazz stylized from the best the world over. Anchored by the chunky organ grooves of Frank Salis and augmented by the searing electric guitar of Matteo Finali and angular brass punch of Max Pizio, the album brings to mind what might happen if John Medeski, Scott Henderson and Chris Potter or Jeff Coffin got togeth... »

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension: To The One

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension: To The One

In 2007, guitar legend John McLaughlin formed a fresh new jazz fusion quartet called the 4th Dimension. This energetic group has served as McLaughlin’s touring band ever since, and though they have released some material in various formats in the past, it’s all been limited to strictly live recordings – until now. To the One (Abstract Logix) finally captures the raw, fiery sound ... »

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