Sean Driscoll Group: Islands
One of 12 bands to win Musician Magazine's "Best Unsigned Band Contest" in 1997, the Sean Driscoll Group is a jazz-fusion outfit fronted by guitarist-composer Sean Driscoll, yet another attendee of the Berklee School of Music in Boston. His group consists of six young musicians from four countries the U.S., Mexico, Sweden and Venezuela who met as college students in Boston and have since relocated to New York. Driscoll and company joined forces in 1994, and Islands is their second self-produced release.
The verdict? This is simply the best independent jazz release I've heard since I began this site in March of '97, and it's one of the better fusion efforts I've heard in 1998, independent or otherwise.