March 2011 Albums
The music of New Jersey-based guitarist B.D. Lenz has been licensed to more than 100 television shows internationally, so listeners are more likely to have heard his music through flatscreen speakers than on his seven studio CDs. But while TV provides artists...
A solo recording artist since 1986, Los Angeles-based guitarist Jeff Richman is nonetheless best known as L.A.’s top fusion cover artist for a decade’s worth of arrangements and playing on all-star guitar tributes on Mike Varney’s Tone Center label. Perhaps...
Review of the sprawling funk, jam and jazz fest in Live Oak, Florida on November 10-14, 2010
November 2010 Gearhead
New instructional resources from Billy Martin and Stanton Moore go far beyond rudiments
Chicago-based drummer Dana Hall literally decided on a career in music when he realized it wasn’t rocket science. The Brooklyn-born, Philadelphia-raised musician studied both aerospace engineering and percussion at Iowa State University, and worked for the...
If you remember drummer Paul Wertico from his 1983-2001 tenure in the Pat Metheny Group, then his Mid-East/Mid-West Alliance’s new Impressions of a City will qualify as something completely and noisily different. Wertico complements his regular trio partners...
Reunion DVD is an overlong paean to fusion's heyday
Sans studio sheen, Yellowjackets rip and roar live
Why a music degree is more practical than some parents (and students) might think
October 2009 Albums
Mike Stern is joined by many guests on his latest recording. Too many?
May 2009 Gearhead
Canadian cymbal manufacturer Sabian may be less than 30 years old, but the company has become the primary rival to Zildjian, the 17th-century elder among world cymbal producers. The reasons for Sabian’s ascension include not only its historically affordable...
May 2009 Albums
Guitarist David “Fuze” Fiuczynski set the bar high with his recording debut, the Tony Williams Lifetime-influenced 1994 Lunar Crush project with keyboardist John Medeski. Subsequent releases by his amoebic funk-rock-jazz-rap group, Screaming Headless Torsos...
May 2009 Albums
Fusion became the jazz f-word when guitarists decided they could phrase like horn players, though few were as capable as the likes of Jeff Beck, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, Allan Holdsworth and Scott Henderson. New York City guitarist Brian Tarquin, influenced...
May 2009 DVDs
A vintage performance that both hits and misses
April 2009 Albums
Anyone who heard Gary Husband on guitarist Allan Holdsworth’s 1982 album i.o.u. knew they were listening to a new drumming force. The problem was that the album was released on the small Luna Crack label, meaning few heard one of Holdsworth’s best recordings...
April 2009 DVDs
Medeski, Martin & Wood's drummer upfront
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