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Scott Henderson / Jeff Berlin / Dennis Chambers: HBC

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Not simply a super-group, but more like a jazz-fusion superpower as this formidable trio melds classic fusion works amid a few originals on its debut release, although the artists have crossed paths over the years. Bios and resumes would transcend the limitations of a review or analysis. So, it's the in-your-face attitude, creative impetus, and the respective musicians' gargantuan chops that account for a passionate exposition. Guitarist Scott Henderson's enviable technique as a monumental blues-rock soloist shines on his “Wayward Son of Devil Boy," inflicting pain on his axe via some serious shedding and molding a blues-with-a-vengeance stance ...

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Scott Henderson Trio: Bangkok, Thailand, March 18, 2011

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Scott Henderson TrioMello YelloBangkok, ThailandMarch 18, 2011 The Scott Henderson Trio crowned an impressive inaugural fortnight at Mello Yello, with an electrifying performance in front of a small but appreciative audience. With jazz clubs few and far between in Bangkok, the opening of Mello Yello at RCA, in the clubbing heartland of the city, is welcome news indeed. The intimate, informal venue offers two local bands per night from Monday to Saturday and in its first two weeks it has also hosted the Italian quartet of Luca Ciarla, and Pe'z, a Japanese quintet which impressed ...

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Scott Henderson: Welding Sounds

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Any jazz lover who believes the boundaries of musical genres can't melt together to influence the technical development of improve-based music needs to take a listen to guitarist, Scott Henderson. Henderson's early musical influences of rock and blues transcends through his hard-hitting jazz compositions.Henderson studied guitar in his native state at Florida Atlantic University. Soon after graduation he moved to Los Angeles where he quickly started getting gigs with notable performers like Chick Corea, violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, and Joe Zawinul. It was not until he formed his own fusion band, Tribal Tech, that his own unique styles of ...

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Scott Henderson: Live

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Scott Henderson's double CD carries a lot of sizzle and a powerful sound, considering the band is just three people. His fiery electric guitar and the drummer's consistent back beat allow them to romp with passions unleashed. Henderson has a lot to say, and it all came out during these live sessions at a familiar Los Angeles nightspot.

The guitarist's original compositions make up most of the program. This allows him to dip and slide through an emotional maze of expressions. MP3 samples may be found at the artist's web site.

You can find distinct impressions ...

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Scott Henderson: Live!

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While guitarist Scott Henderson has been mining post-Weather Report fusion territory for years with Tribal Tech, he has also been exploring a more blues-based direction with recordings including Dog Party , Tore Down House and, most notably, '02's stripped-down Well to the Bone , one of the most potent examples of the power trio to be released in recent years. So when Henderson and the road-tested Well to the Bone trio settled into their home base, the La Vee Lee jazz club in Los Angeles, it was clear that sparks were going to fly. And fly they ...

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Scott Henderson: Well to the Bone

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Scott Henderson is nothing if not unpredictable. In Tribal Tech and Vital Tech Tones he has distinguished himself as an endlessly creative performer with impeccable musicianship. Well to the Bone also bears a heavy dose of creativity, to be sure, yet many of the selections come off as oddly disconcerting. Despite its label, the disc has been filed away here at AAJ under Fusion instead of Blues because even adamant blues non-purists might shake their heads in confusion.

“Lady P” typifies the experimental side of Henderson’s mutant blues, its constant rhythmic shifts making it nearly impossible to pin down the ...

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Scott Henderson: Well to The Bone

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The latest rock-blues solo effort from guitar hero Scott Henderson features more of a fusion spin than some of his previous efforts, although the guitarist's fabled Tribal Tech aggregation is firmly rooted within the fusion arena. But Henderson is not merely content with rehashing tried and true formulas. With this release, he continues to explore just about every nook and cranny his instrument of choice has to offer. Sure, his jaw-dropping chops are intact, amid abundant doses of mildly discordant passages, machine-gun like flurries, slithery lines and ringing harmonics.

Henderson makes his guitar wail, shriek, and beg for ...



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