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.
Track Listing: Half Circle, Half Square; Archipelago; No One to Tell; Watch You Fly; Where We're From; Bright Spot; If You Ask; 3 Faces; North.
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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