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by John Kelman
While he was far from a household name when he passed away in September, 2003 at the tender age of forty, guitarist Shawn Lane was considered something of a god within fusion circles. Starting out professionally at the age of fifteen in the unlikely context of the '70s Southern Rock outfit Black Oak Arkansas, he quickly refashioned the band into more of a jazz-rock affair by the mid-'80s, more akin to Return to Forever than the Allman Brothers. When the ...read more
by Souvik Dutta
Shawn Lane was a dear friend of mine and though he wasn't a household name outside the world of fusion and prog-rock, the impact he had on guitarist around the world was profound. His contribution to music can only be understood by listening to his collective works which crossed many genres. An endless learner, a passionate reader and a keen observer, he always appreciated the good in everything. He was a musician first, then ...read more
by Scott Andrews
Memphis guitarist and composer Shawn Lane continually blurs the lines between solo composer, guitar hero, and fusion improvisationalist. Lane may be the best unknown fusion guitarist, or the most musical guitar shredder," or simply a gifted guitarist, pianist, and composer whose anonymity masks his impressive versatility and talent.
Instrumental guitar fans know Lane's work from his 1992 solo album Powers of Ten, on which Lane wrote all the music and (on one of the two released versions) played all the ...read more