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  • Nic Freer

    March 25, 2016   By Ablx Staff


    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 Analys ...

  • Uros Spasojevic Project's Story On Bass

    November 08, 2015   By Ablx Staff


    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 ...

  • Bob Frye's Uzoma

    October 29, 2015   By Ablx Staff


    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 ...

  • Mark Papagno's "X" In Review

    January 05, 2015   By Ablx Staff


    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&r ...

  • Yoosun Nam Quintet: Light of the City

    December 01, 2014   By Ablx Staff


    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 ...

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

    November 29, 2014   By Viggo Hassetvedt

    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 c ...

  • Chingari

    October 22, 2014   By Rod Sibley


    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 rec ...

  • Advanced Rhythmic Concepts for Guitar by Jan Rivera

    September 23, 2014   By Ablx Staff


    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 ...

  • Peter Fernandes' Q.E.D. on Review

    September 15, 2014   By Ablx Staff


    Peter Fernandes is a jack-of-all-trades, showing incredible proficiency in several areas. His talents are proudly displayed with the release of his new album Q.E.D., an album Fernandes composed, tracked, mixed and played keyboards and synth. Q.E.D. features a plethora of guest musi ...

  • Al Garcia, an Exceptionally Good Multi-Instrumentalist

    August 09, 2014   By Al Garcia


    Al Garcia: An Exceptionally Good Multi-Instrumentalist by Angel Romeo (www.progressiverockcentral.com) Tampering with Nature is the latest release by indie progressive music artist Al Garcia. The exciting composer and multi-instrumentalist dominates guitars and bass ...

  • Jason Sadites' Tales Under Review

    June 20, 2014   By Ablx Staff


    In the past few years fusion music has slowly witnessed a new genre gradually work its way into the melting pot. Many young guitarists are obviously raised along side the classic roots of fusion music, while also exposed to and influenced by heavier metal and the shred guitar of la ...

  • Don Peretz & Oz Noy's Manufactured Region

    June 01, 2014   By Ablx Staff


    Composer and drummer Don Peretz has teamed up with Oz Noy to create the collaborative EP Manufactured Region. This five track EP exhibits a cross of fusion and electronic improvisation over the backdrop of industrial textured soundscapes. These songs show a momentary departure from ...

  • Dojo: Road Trip

    December 09, 2013   By DeVon Jackson


    Time in a beautiful place can be the impetus for great art. One without the other, leaves a lot to be desired. Every once in a while, everything lines up and when that happens, that precious moment must be celebrated. However, the beholder must walk a fine line, they have ...

  • Oscar Utterstorm: Departure Review

    August 05, 2013   By Ablx Staff


    Very little about Oscar Utterstrom could be described as predictable, beginning with the fact that he plays electric trombone. So the Sweden-born graduate of the Berklee College of Music -- who moved to Nashville, of all places, and earned his masters at Middle Tennessee State Univ ...

  • Ken Talve Trio: Out Of The Blue

    July 25, 2013   By Ablx Staff


    Out of the Blue is an appropriate title for guitarist Ken Talve's second CD, since the double-disc is a rich helping of the jazz and rock tributaries he navigates through a blues-influenced undercurrent. Along with trio partners Chris Eisner Jr. (bass) and Anthony Cerabino (drums ...

  • Asaf Sirkis: Shepherd's Stories

    July 23, 2013   By Ablx Staff


    With the latest release by his trio, Shepherd's Stories, Israeli drummer Asaf Sirkis proves he's entering the rare air of great percussive jazz/fusion composer-bandleaders like Tony Williams and Bill Bruford. The comparisons, in part, can be credited to his trio partner ...

  • Rcubed: The Beginning and The Ending Review

    July 01, 2013   By Ablx Staff


    Rcubed: The Beginning And The Ending (2013-06-15 Bill Meredith) "Power trio" is a term associated more with guitar-based rock acts like Cream, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Rush than fusion bands, but it certainly applies to the shape-shifting California instrument ...

  • An Evening with The Ringers

    February 21, 2013   By Ablx Staff


    An Evening with The Ringers Which musicians would make up your dream band? A common icebreaker question next to desert island movies, but for a large group of fans outside the Neighborhood Theater in Charlotte, NC on the night of February 20th, this question had an easy answ ...

  • Rob Lavery: Solo Journey

    February 08, 2013   By D Noyes


    This is a fascinating and oft times invigorating album: it's literally 'All Over The Place' - and I mean that in a very positive sense - but it also, because of the sequencing of the songs, comes across as a really enjoyable cohesive whole. Equally eye opening (well, Ea ...


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