Reviews

  • 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 ...

  • Linear Sphere

    August 20, 2012   By Jan-Mikael Erakare

    Jan-Mikael’s EARS: Linear Sphere: ‘Manvantara’ Evaluation: Linear Sphere's latest record, "Manvantara" adroitly continues in the tradition of  the Mahavishnu Orchestra in blazing a trail across the barren wasteland of what is considered fusi ...

  • Mark Lettieri: Knows

    July 30, 2012   By Ablx Staff


    Anyone who hasn't heard of Texas-based guitarist Mark Lettieri will wonder why upon listening to his debut CD, Knows. A seasoned and versatile session player, Lettieri grew up in California listening to the wide range of iconic bands that emerged from the state during the 1970s ...

  • Donna Grantis: Electric Band: Suites

    June 21, 2012   By Ablx Staff


    Donna Grantis Electric Band: Suites 2012-06-01 Bill Meredith Fusion music is often lumped in with either "rock" or "jazz," from record store bins up through modern Internet retail purchasing, because fusion is looked upon as more of a sub-genre than ...

  • Jeff Kollman: Silence In the Corridor

    June 21, 2012   By Ablx Staff


    Jeff Kollman: Silence In the Corridor 2012-06-03 Bill Meredith A modern guitarist for all seasons, Los Angeles-based Jeff Kollman moves seamlessly between everything from electric funk and metal to acoustic folk and blues on his new CD, Silence In the Corridor. Release ...

  • Ben Tyree: Thoughtform Variations

    June 20, 2012   By Ablx Staff


    Ben Tyree: Thoughtform Variations 2012-06-03 Bill Meredith There's arguably no more baring of a studio situation than an acoustic guitarist recording an unaccompanied instrumental CD, since it involves no effects, amplification or vocals to clothe the otherwise nak ...

  • Spaghetti Western Themes on Nylon String Guitar, by Lou Pecci (2011)

    April 23, 2012   By Ablx Staff


    It's been a while since I've been sent something for a review. It's always a perk to running a site like this. My latest was an excellent CD by guitarist Lou Pecci, called Spaghetti Western Themes on Nylon String Guitar. And the album's a real treat, let me tell ya& ...

  • Gary Husband: Dirty and Beautiful Vol II

    March 16, 2012   By Ablx Staff


    Gary Husband’s latest album, Dirty & Beautiful Volume 2 , is the follow-up to the well-received Volume 1. The music manages to be both evocative and forward-looking. This is no easy trick. All-star albums can present problems. The music can be difficult to take on to ...


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