Guitar Summit, Monte Carlo

Guitar Summit, Monte Carlo, November 24, 2011

John McLaughlin, Philipe Catherine, Sylvain Luc, Mike Stern, Bireli Lagrene, Richard Bona, Dede Ceccareli, Dennis Chambers and Joey DeFrancesco had an all-star performance in Monte Carlo, Monaco on November 24, 2011. This was actually the first time in many years that The Free Spirits, McLaughlin, deFrancesco, Chambers were re-united playing Little Miss Valley together. Bireli Lagrene and Sylvain ... »

Art "Spike" Schloemer: TransFUSION

Art “Spike” Schloemer: TransFUSION

Like his idol, the late Joe Zawinul, keyboardist Art Spike Schloemer seeks to erase whatever perceived lines lie between jazz, rock, funk and world music. On his new TransFUSION CD, Schloemer arrives well- armed for the task by enlisting some of jazz/fusion’s top open-minded artists: guitarist Scott Henderson, saxophonist Bob Franceschini, bassists Bunny Brunel and Hadrien Feraud, and drumme... »

Jarle H. Olsen - Quadrasonic

Jarle H. Olsen – Quadrasonic

Norwegian guitarist Jarle H. Olsen’s new album Quadrasonic features a tightly produced collection of progressive metal compositions that are brimming with soaring melodicism, clever arrangements, and absolutely insane chops. Olsen is joined on the all instrumental disc by keyboardists Alex Argento and Manuel Soto, bassists Rodrigo Garcia and Jan Martin Kleveland, and drummer Bjarte K. Helland. Eve... »

Renaud Louis-Servais Group: Iluna

Renaud Louis-Servais Group: Iluna

A 25-year veteran of the European touring circuit despite not yet being 40 years old, French guitarist Renaud Louis-Servais shows inherent seasoning on his self-titled quartet’s new Iluna debut. The crafty leader most recently performed and practiced with his rhythm section of Henri Dorina (bass) and Alain Bidot-Naude (drums) for 10 years before adding keyboardist/trumpeter Franck Guicherd a... »

Brett Garsed - Dark Matter

Brett Garsed – Dark Matter

Dark Matter is Brett Garsed’s first solo release since 2002’s Big Sky, and it’s well worth the wait. The Australian guitarist is well known in the guitar community for his peerless hybrid-picking technique, though associating him solely with this facet of his playing short-changes him greatly. Garsed is a highly versatile player – a seasoned veteran with a well-honed touch who can hang in a ... »

John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension live

John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension live at Molde Jazz Festival, July 21, 2011

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension played a phenomenal concert at Molde Jazz Festival, July 21, 2011. There is one personell change. Ranjit Barot has taken over for Mark Mondesir on drums. The set comprised, among others, Raju, The Unknown Dissident, Recovery, Senor C.S., Hijacked,Sully, Mother Tongues – a version very close to the Abstractlogix New Musical Universe CD set – with a ... »

Abstract Logix Live!

Abstract Logix Live! – The New Universe Music Festival 2010 (2 CD)

On November 20th and 21st 2010, cutting edge jazz and fusion recording label Abstract Logix held their first New Universe Music Festival at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh North Carolina. This incredible event brought together an array of the label’s top artists to not only perform for a live audience, but to celebrate the music and the label’s vision with them as well. The dream-team lineup consis... »

John McLaughlin and Carlos Santana

John McLaughlin and Carlos Santana at Montreux Jazz Festival July 1, 2011

John McLaughlin and Carlos Santana opened the Montreux Jazz Festival this year performing the first concert. The band comprised Etienne Mbappe (bass), Dennis Chambers (drums), Cindy Blackman Santana (drums) as well as keyboards, vocals and additional instruments. They covered a vast musical territory mostly from the 19060s and the 1970s, Bob Dylan’s It’s a hard rains gonna fall, James ... »

Richard Burton: Fat Samba

Richard Burton: Fat Samba

Like the late actor with whom he shares a name, Philadelphia-based keyboardist Richard Burton knows all about playing roles and parts within an ensemble cast. Fat Samba is only the second CD under Burton’s name during a lengthy career of sideman and session work, but it includes frequent collaborators like guitarist Ray Ferretti and keyboardist Ron Thomas. While directing a project may be in... »

Jeff Beck live at Oslo Spektrum

Jeff Beck live at Oslo Spektrum, June 16, 2011

Jeff Beck played live at Oslo Spektrum June 15, 2011. There were no band changes. The lineup still consists of Rhonda Smith (bass and vocals), Jason Rebello (keyboards, vocals and guitar) and Narada Michael Walden (drums and vocals). Oslo Spektrum is a rather large concert hall with some thousand seats, compared to the more intimate setting of e.g. Ronnie Scotts in London. The concert was highly p... »

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