Bill Meredith

Bill’s Contributions

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12/13/13    Albums

Sly Reimagined: The Music of Sly and the Family Stone
Global Noize

Keyboardist Jason Miles’ career highlight reel includes programming on Miles Davis’ albums Tutu and Amandla during the 1980s. Yet his playing has been featured as much or more with soul and R&B artists like Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson, and on tributes...

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02/02/13    DVDs

Live in Marciac
Hiromi

Japanese pianist Hiromi left fans perplexed when she disbanded her trio with fellow Berklee alumni Tony Grey (bass) and Martin Valihora (drums) after several standout releases. Yet that trio, often augmented by guitarist David Fiuczynski, built its incredible...

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01/19/13    Albums

HBC
Scott Henderson/Jeff Berlin/Dennis Chambers

As power trios go, it doesn’t get much more powerful than guitarist Scott Henderson, bassist Jeff Berlin and drummer Dennis Chambers. Like an update of the McLaughlin/Pastorius/Williams “Trio of Doom,” HBC succeeds by putting musicality above its overwhelming...

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12/01/12    Albums

Bop! Bang! Boom!
Grant Geisman

L.A.-based guitarist Grant Geissman made his name with the “contemporary” jazz and commercial work that are so much a part of the Southern California scene. Bop! Bang! Boom! is advertised as his third CD in a trilogy that represents his “shift to more traditional...

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10/25/12    Albums

Into the Air
Jeff Coffin and the Mu'tet

Give saxophonist Jeff Coffin credit for truth in advertising, since his Mu’tet band has mutated again. Into the Air , like its 2008 studio predecessor, Mutopia , features keyboardist/flutist Kofi Burbridge and bassist Felix Pastorius, son of Jaco. But Coffin...

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09/04/11    Albums

Platinum
The Headhunters

Herbie Hancock learned how to be ahead of his time while working with Miles Davis in the 1960s and 1970s, and proved it by one-upping his mentor in 1973. Hancock had just recorded on Davis’ 1972 release On the Corner, which was heavily influenced by the...

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08/01/11    Albums

Parting Shot
Steve Khan

On his new album, Parting Shot , the underrated guitarist Steve Khan continues exploring a Latin sensibility and reunites his ’90s-era Eyewitness quartet of bassist Anthony Jackson, drummer Dennis Chambers and percussionist Manolo Badrena, adding Marc Quinones...

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06/17/11    Albums

Duet
Jeff Coffin and Jeff Sipe

Before listening to Duet , it might be best to forget everything you already know about its creators—which may be little about drummer Jeff Sipe (a founding member of the Georgia-based, genre-bending fusion band Aquarium Rescue Unit) and perhaps a bit more...

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March 2011    Albums

Live at Voce
Steve Gadd and Friends

With a 40-year career of recordings that includes classics by everyone from George Benson, Chick Corea and Jaco Pastorius to Eric Clapton, Paul Simon and Steely Dan, Steve Gadd has a well-deserved reputation as the ultimate session drummer. Gadd doesn’t...

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March 2011    Albums

Dirty & Beautiful: Vol. I
Gary Husband

Most musical multi-taskers play a variety of similar instruments: Branford Marsalis an array of saxophones; Alex Acuña drums and percussion; John Medeski piano and organ. Gary Husband, on the other hand, went from being one of the great drummers with guitarist...

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March 2011    Albums

Five & Live
B.D. Lenz

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...

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01/25/11    Albums

The Line Up
Jeff Richman & Chatterbox

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...

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11/15/10    Concerts

Bear Creek Music Festival: Partying Like It's 1969

Review of the sprawling funk, jam and jazz fest in Live Oak, Florida on November 10-14, 2010

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November 2010    Gearhead

Billy Martin & Stanton Moore: Talking Drums

New instructional resources from Billy Martin and Stanton Moore go far beyond rudiments

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03/10/10    Albums

Into the Light
Dana Hall

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...

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03/10/10    Albums

Impressions of a City
Paul Wertico's Mid-East/Mid-West Alliance

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...

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About Bill Meredith

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Native Floridian Bill Meredith started a career as a freelance journalist in 1992, seven years after beginning his career as a drummer, percussionist and vocalist. Aside from occasional sportswriting, his two musical careers have paid the bills ever since. In 2006, he opened for B.B. King with blues band the Hellhounds, a few months after his second interview with Chick Corea.

Meredith has also written for Jazziz, City Link and Closer, and his various bands have opened for Ani DiFranco, Johnny Winter and Warren Hill.

Bill Meredith joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008