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Allen Hinds: Fly South

Allen Hinds: Fly South

Alabama-reared guitarist Allen Hinds combines a distinct style with a strong compositional pen that in many instances, goes above the call of duty when it comes to firebrand guitarist-based solo albums. Essentially, this program is not an atypical sojourn where rock or jazz fusion guitar heroes simply solo atop thumping backbeats and scanty thematic incursions. Hinds merges technical know-how and ... »

Tassos Spiliotopoulos: In the North

Guitarist Tassos Spiliotopoulos: In the North

Originally from Greece, guitarist Tassos Spiliotopoulos has left his mark across Europe and beyond, often working with the likes of Asaf Sirkis, drummer/keyboardist Gary Husband and prog/jazz stalwart John Etheridge. He’s stayed busy as both a sideman and a leader, appearing internationally in concert and on record. His 2006 debut as leader, Wait for Dusk, is a fair indicator of his technical prow... »

Nic Freer

Nic Freer

This is Australian guitarist Nick Freer’s debut as a bandleader. His style undoubtedly draws comparisons to the great Allan Holdsworth. In fact, he’s currently working on a thesis for his PhD, entitled “The Improvisational Process of Guitarist Allan Holdsworth: Ontology and Analysis of Selected Works” at Monash University in Melbourne. Not a mere copy or tribute, Freer manages to elicit the ... »

Uros Spasojevic Project's Story On Bass

Uros Spasojevic Project’s Story On Bass

Story On Bass is just that; the story of Uros Spasojevic exploring his instrument. The album examines the bass guitar through an array of tonal characters and unconventional roles. From polyphonic playing, to experimenting with melody and atmospheric delays, Spasojevic investigates the total possibilities of his instrument through nine original compositions. Joined by Boris Novakovic on the Rhodes... »

Bob Frye's Uzoma

Bob Frye’s Uzoma

Bassist Ric Fierabracci, guitarist Mike Miller, and drummer Shane Gaalass join keyboardist Bob Frye on his 2015 release Uzoma. The album features eight original tracks that take listeners on a journey though abrupt changes of style and arrangement. A keyboardist’s album featuring Chick Corea personnel could easily lead to false assumptions of what to expect from Uzoma. Though it would be hard pres... »

Mark Papagno's "X"

Mark Papagno’s “X” In Review

With Joshua Davis and Marco Minnemann at his side, Baltimore based guitarist Mark Papagno releases his second trio album “X”. Thirty years in music has enabled Papagno to craft an album built upon several elements of jazz. Davis’ upright bass, mixed with Papagno’s legato runs, and Minnemann’s powerful intricate kit work combine familiar musical ingredients into a new, fresh sound. The combination ... »

Yoosun Nam Quintet: Light of the City

Yoosun Nam Quintet: Light of the City

Yoosun Nam, South Korean alto saxophonist and composer, has released a debut album entitled Light of the City, named for the spirit and energy she feels in her new home. She can be seen performing at jazz clubs in Manhattan as a leader of her own group, along with nearby places like ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn. Her musical history begins at an early age, with her studying classical, Korean tradit... »

John Mclaughlin and the 4th Dimension

John Mclaughlin and the 4th Dimension, Live in Oslo, Norway, November 28, 2014

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension played two concerts at Nasjonal Jazzscene in Oslo, Norway, November 28, 2014. His band consisted of, as has been the case some years now, of Ranjit Barot (drums and vocals), Etienne Mbappe (bass) and Gary Husband (keyboards and drums). The concert opened with the powering chords of Raju, then a bluesy Little Miss Valley. The third number was Abbaji, dedicated ... »

Chingari

Chingari

PERSONNEL: Ranjit Barot — Drums and Vocals ; U. Shrinivas — Electric Mandolin ; Etienne MBappe — Bass and Vocals TRACKS: 1. Pack Up Your Bags 2. Sona Inon 3. Longue Lami 4. Tempest 5. Third World 6. Bombay Makossa You know the names on this recording: drummer Ranjit Barot, bassist Etienne MBappe, and mandolin maestro U. Shrinivas. You know they have played together: Barot and MBappe as the rhythm ... »

Advanced Rhythmic Concepts for Guitar by Jan Rivera

Advanced Rhythmic Concepts for Guitar by Jan Rivera

When tasked to review this book, it immediately dawned on me how there is very little tutorial information about rhythmic concepts out there. Plenty of educational material deals with harmony and melody, but nothing I’ve seen presents the more challenging concepts of advanced rhythms quite like this book. This material is geared towards intermediate and advanced-level players, and a basic understa... »

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