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Multiple Reviews

Shawn Lane with Jonas Hellborg: Issues and Reissues

Read "Shawn Lane with Jonas Hellborg: Issues and Reissues" reviewed 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 ...

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Opinion

Remembering Shawn Lane: 1963-2003

Read "Remembering Shawn Lane: 1963-2003" reviewed 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 ...

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Album Review

Shawn Lane: The Tritone Fascination

Read "The Tritone Fascination" reviewed 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 ...


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