• John McLaughlin to make guest appearance with Aquarium Rescue Unit

    May 21, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    An all-star concert celebrating the 30th anniversary of Paul Reed Smith Guitars will host a pair unprecedented firsts, when legendary guitarist, composer, and bandleader John McLaughlin appears as a special guest with Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit at what wil ...

  • Miles’ “In a Silent Way” Interpreted by Roney, Belden, Noy, Others

    May 20, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    In an Ambient Way, a new collaborative effort that reinterprets Miles Davis’ In a Silent Way “using modern recording technology and sonic textures as a contribution to the improvisation,” according to a press release, will be released June 23 by Chesky Records. Th ...

  • Pioneering guitarist and bandleader John McLaughlin to release BLACK LIGHT this fall

    May 18, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    As a musician, composer, and bandleader, John McLaughlin’s vast contributions to contemporary improvisational music are only just beginning to be fully understood, appreciated, and absorbed by artists and enthusiasts alike. From Mahavishnu Orchestra, Shakti and his colla ...

  • Hear Jeff Beck’s New Live Version of ‘Superstition’: Exclusive Premiere

    May 14, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Jeff Beck looks back over his storied career while offering fans a glimpse of the future with his new Live+ album, and Ultimate Classic Rock is proud to present the exclsuive premiere of this set’s concert recording of “Superstition.” http://ultimateclass ...

  • Awakening the Aquarium Rescue Unit

    May 08, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit did something they had yet to do since forming 26 years ago: They rehearsed. “Or whatever this is,” the Colonel said, waving his hand over the empty expanse of Athen’s Georgia Theatre. ...

  • Bill Bruford stars in BBC prog series

    May 08, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Former Yes, King Crimson and Genesis drummer Bill Bruford will appear in the first episode of a new BBC Radio 2 series on prog rock. Bruford is the star of episode one of Prog Rock With Charles Hazlewood, which is broadcast on Radio 2 on Monday, May 11 at 10pm. The four-p ...

  • Marco Minnemann's Upcoming Solo Album 'Celebration'

    May 07, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Marco Minnemann has revealed details of his upcoming album titled Celebration. The Aristocrats and Steven Wilson Band member will release his first solo album since 2014’s EEPS on June 1 via Lazy Bones Recordings and pre-orders are now being taken. Like his previous ...

  • Esperanza Spalding Unveils New “Persona”

    May 06, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Bassist, singer and composer Esperanza Spalding has announced spring and summer tour dates for her new project, Emily’s D+Evolution. According to a press release, Spalding’s latest endeavor will delve “into a broader concept of performance” that incorporates ...

  • Fusion Bass Legend Percy Jones Headlines Summer Fusion Fest

    May 06, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Legendary Fusion bassist Percy Jones and his group MJ12 will be headlining this year's Summer Fusion Fest on Saturday, July 18th in Kenilworth, New Jersey. For tickets and more information: CLICK HERE ...

  • Hear It First: Jeff Beck Previews Live Track, ‘Going Down’

    May 04, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    The legendary Jeff Beck has a new Live album, Live+, coming out May 19, just in time to hit during the last part of his current U.S. tour. Live+ was recorded last summer while on tour with ZZ Top, and the 14 performances were recorded at multiple venues in 2014. Beck, ...

  • New Miles Davis Box Set Compiles Unreleased Newport Recordings

    May 04, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Fans of Miles Davis will get a treat this summer. A new box set—Miles Davis At Newport 1955–1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4—will be released by Columbia/Legacy Recordings on July 17. The four-CD set includes five hours of music, including nearly four hours of ...

  • Steve Vai and Al Di Meola Shred “Race with Devil”

    May 04, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Al Di Meola is currently on the road with his Elegant Gypsy and More Electric U.S. Tour. On April 26, the virtuoso guitarist made a stop at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. It was a great show, topped off by a special encore appearance by Di Meola’s longtime friend ...

  • Neal Schon: New Santana Album "Wrapping Up This Week"

    April 24, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    The reunited Santana group may have their new album finished by the end of the week, according to guitarist Neal Schon. He says the group hopes to tour behind the album, though he plans to hit the road with Carlos Santana either way. “We are wrapping up Santana IV this w ...

  • "Marcus," The Film About Marcus Miller

    April 24, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    In the documentary film Marcus, Patrick Savey gives us a unique view into this legendary bassist’s world, capturing his New York roots in Jamaica, Queens and following his path as he meets masters of jazz like Larry Graham, Jaco Pastorius, David Sanborn, Herbie Hancock, Al Ja ...

  • Col. Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit Announce Exclusive Performance

    April 21, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Legendary Improv-Rock Pioneers Legendary Improv-Rock Pioneers Col. Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit Announce Exclusive Performance at PRS Guitars 30th Anniversary Concert & Celebration Special 2015 edition of beloved absurdist jam-driven outfit to Reuni ...

  • Wes Montgomery Guitar Contest Launched

    April 21, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Resonance Records has announced the launch of its Wes Montgomery International Jazz Guitar Contest, and is now offering sponsorship opportunities at various levels. According to a press release, the contest is open to contestants age 14-33. Guitarists are invited to submit audio an ...

  • SFJAZZ Announces Performers for May 8 Gala Honoring Joni Mitchell

    April 16, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    SFJAZZ has announced the musical guests for its annual gala on May 8, this year honoring Joni Mitchell, who will be presented the SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award by Wayne Shorter. The gala concert will feature special guests Kris Kristofferson, Joe Jackson, Patti Austin, Kurt Ell ...

  • DC Jazz Fest Announces Lineup

    April 14, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Since 2005, the DC Jazz Festival organization has provided enriching and entertaining jazz performances and programs that introduce students and adults from all walks of life to jazz, our nation’s singular original art form. The festival presents a selection of the jazz genre ...

  • Jeff Beck Releasing Live Album and Two New Studio Tracks

    April 09, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Jeff Beck’s 2014 double-bill tour with ZZ Top provides the source material for the guitarist’s new live album, Jeff Beck Live+, out May 5. The album features 14 live performances from the tour and includes two new studio tracks, the first new music from Beck since his 2 ...

  • Yes and Toto announce joint North American tour

    April 08, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Yes and Toto are joining forces for a summer tour. The 26-city tour officially kicks off in August and features stops in Brooklyn, Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles before wrapping up in mid-September. “We’re thrilled to be hitting the road with Toto,” Yes co ...

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