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Jeff Richman and Viva Carlos!: Ax Magic Men

Jeff Richman

With the Santana tribute Viva Carlos!, his latest project for Tone Center, guitarist Jeff Richman may have unwittingly solidified his status as one of the top cover-tune artists in Los Angeles. If you aren’t familiar with his name, this may be part of the reason.

Richman produced and arranged four other 2005-2006 tribute CDs for the California fusion label, all with multiple guest guitarists. They honored John Coltrane (A Guitar Supreme), Miles Davis (Fusion for Miles), the Mahavishnu Orchestra (Visions of an Inner Mounting Apocalypse) and Steely Dan (The Royal Dan). Through each one, he also played comparably, if in relative anonymity to, guitar icons like Larry Coryell, Eric Johnson, Bill Frisell, Steve Morse, John Abercrombie, Robben Ford and Al Di Meola.

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