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John McLaughlin - Live at Ronnie Scotts

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension: Live at Ronnie Scotts

“Ronnie Scott’s…” mused the boundary-shattering guitarist John McLaughlin, “…where would I be without them?” The venerable London jazz club and its charismatic namesake gave so much to McLaughlin’s career, the roots of which extend as far back as McLaughlin’s stint as a member of the club’s house band in the 1960s. Since then, his pioneering spirit, instrumental virtuosity, and improvisational fea... »

Oz Noy and Ozone Squeeze

Oz Noy and Ozone Squeeze

“There are definitely no rules, set parameters – or formula at all,” explains Ozone Squeeze keyboardist and vocalist Rai Thistlethwayte. “It’s always been an intuitive conversation.” Throughout Ozone Squeeze, the trio makes a virtue of space – bravely letting instruments resonate against spartan backdrops, letting the arrangements breathe. Rai Thistlethwayte, known internationally as front m... »

King Baby: The Big Galoot

King Baby: The Big Galoot

The very name King Baby embodies a certain paradoxical logic, at once playful and perplexing – an unlikely twist of fate with curious results…not unlike the band itself. Quickly rising out of Atlanta’s fertile, diverse music scene, King Baby have assembled a uniquely compelling, invigorating sound from shards of their influences, cemented by their long-standing friendship and fearless willingness ... »

Etienne Mbappe: How Near How Far

Etienne Mbappe: How Near How Far

With a rich, singing tone and an unerring gift for melody, bassist Etienne Mbappé imparts even the most demanding musical contexts with a grace, warmth, and humanity that transcends boundaries, genres, and languages. Whether on a fretted and fretless instrument, in technically rigorous fusion or plaintive song-based settings, Mbappé elevates and enriches the ensemble while leaving his own indelibl... »

Scott Kinsey: Near Life Experience

Scott Kinsey: Near Life Experience

Scott Kinsey (Synthesizer, Piano and Vocoder);Steve Tavaglione (Alto, Tenor and Soprano Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Flute); Seamus Blake (Tenor Saxophone)Judd Miller (Evi) ; Martin Ptak (Trombone); Michael Landau (Electric Guitar); Kirk Fletcher (Electric Guitar); Lalah Hathaway (Vocals); Arto Tunçboyaciyan (Vocals); Jason Joseph (Vocals); Maalem Hamid El Kasri(Vocals); Maalem Hassan Boussou (Vocals... »

Oz Noy: Who Gives a Funk

Oz Noy: Who Gives a Funk

Internationally acclaimed Israeli guitarist and composer Oz Noy follows his provocative two-volume exploration and reinvention of his blues roots (Twisted Blues) with Who Gives a Funk – a examination of classic funk and R&B grooves, spiked with his uniquely unhinged improvisational instincts. “Simple, funky music – but soulful,” is how Noy describes it, while acknowledging that simple is not s... »

Alex Machacek’s Fabulous Austrian Trio: Living the Dream

Alex Machacek’s Fabulous Austrian Trio: Living the Dream

Living the Dream is the second chapter of FAT – next-generation guitar modernist Alex Machacek’s Fabulous Austrian Trio, featuring bassist Raphael Preuschl and drummer Herbert Pirker. With the sensitive touch of a jazz guitarist, the intervallic ingenuity and harmonic density of a post-serialist composer, and a seemingly endless capacity for improvisational empathy, Machecek has been turning heads... »

John McLaughlin: Black Light

John McLaughlin: Black Light

Black Light includes 8 original McLaughlin compositions, including a heartfelt homage to his departed colleague, collaborator, and friend Paco De Lucia – with whom McLaughlin had intended to compose an album’s worth of new material just before De Lucia’s untimely passing. McLaughlin has returned to acoustic guitar for a tribute to his friend, entitled “El Hombre Que Sabia” and brings forth from th... »

Gary Willis: Larger Than Life

Gary Willis: Larger Than Life

Gary Willis, one of the world’s leading bassists, has delivered his fifth album Larger Than Life—a delicious collection of fusion-funk for the twenty-first century. Joining Willis on this set of twelve tracks are Gergo Borlai on drums, long-time Tribal Tech band mate Scott Kinsey on keyboards, Steve Tavaglione on saxes and EWI, Claudia Bardagí on voice and Llibert Fortuny on tenor sax and voice. A... »

Wayne Krantz: Good Piranha/Bad Piranha

Wayne Krantz: Good Piranha/Bad Piranha

Known globally for his uncompromising musical vision, staggering virtuosity and deep reserves of soul, Wayne Krantz is one of very few modern guitarists to venture beyond the instrument’s limitations and create an identifiably original style and sound. Good Piranha/Bad Piranha is his full-throttle double-take on four contemporary pop and hip-hop songs, from which he plunders the textural, rhythmic... »

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