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Mike Keneally: You Must Be This Tall

Read "You Must Be This Tall" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Virtuoso guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Mike Keneally has been all over the musical radar, spanning the past three decades. Performing with Frank Zappa in 1988, the artist has also aligned with avant-garde guitar hero Henry Kaiser and currently mans the keyboards amid some guitar work in support of iconic progressive rock guitarist Joe Satriani. With his 24th solo album, Keneally propagates some insanely complex time signatures, perhaps deriving influence from Zappa but mixes it up poignantly by infusing humor, slamming backbeats, ...

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Jeff Kaiser / Kronomorphic / Keneally-Minnemann-Beller: San Diego, March 11, 2011

Read "Jeff Kaiser / Kronomorphic / Keneally-Minnemann-Beller: San Diego, March 11, 2011" reviewed by Robert Bush

Jeff Kaiser / Kronomorphic / Keneally/Minnemann/BellerPorter's Pub, UCSDSan Diego, CAMarch 11, 2011 The Friday, March 11 show at Porter's Pub, organized by UCSD promoter Brian Ross, was a wild, kaleidoscopic affair. Featuring two Southern California-based creative improvising exponents with a rock-fusion headliner represented a certain degree of risk: would the headliner's fans tolerate the opening acts? Conversely, would the jazz crowd stick around for the main attraction? Well, it all seemed ...

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Mike Keneally: Behind the Creative Mind

Read "Mike Keneally: Behind the Creative Mind" reviewed by Matthew Warnock

Percussionist Marco Minnemann's Normalizer 2 series grew out of an interesting and challenging premise. The accomplished drummer recorded an hour-long improvisation and then submitted the same recording to other artists, including John Czajkowski, Phi Yaan-Zek, Trey Gunn and Alex Machacek, and asked them to compose accompanying music to pair with his improv. Though this approach to composition sounds difficult to say the least, the results have proven to be highly inventive and musically smooth, if one didn't read the liner ...

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Mike Keneally: Scambot 1

Read "Scambot 1" reviewed by John Kelman

If there's anyone carrying on Frank Zappa's legacy today, it's Mike Keneally. A monster guitarist, capable of shredding with the best of them, for many that would be enough. Keneally may have played in Zappa's last touring group before the legendary satirist/composer/guitarist died, too young, in 1993--sharing an equally eclectic, unfettered and label-less view of what music can and should be--but it would be unfair to suggest he sounds anything like the man who was an early mentor. In the ...

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Mike Keneally Band: Guitar Therapy Live

Read "Guitar Therapy Live" reviewed by John Kelman

A musical chameleon who can fit into any context, Mike Keneally first arrived on the scene as guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist in Frank Zappa's last touring band. Since then he's recorded and/or performed with the likes of Robert Fripp, XTC and Greg Osby. While his own records have been as eclectic as the company he's kept, Guitar Therapy Live is the rock guitar album fans have been waiting for. Keneally is as comfortable in the contemporary classical context of The Universe Will Provide ...

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Mike Keneally + Metropole Orkest: The Universe Will Provide

Read "The Universe Will Provide" reviewed by John Kelman

An incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist whose style knows no boundaries, Mike Keneally first gained notoriety as a member of Frank Zappa's last touring band from '87 onwards, contributing guitar, keyboards and vocals. Also a fine percussionist, Keneally has since gone on to record a number of solo albums that demonstrated a similar penchant for the absurd, even playing simultaneous guitar and keyboard solos with his group Beer for Dolphins. For his first effort with Favored Nations, Keneally hooked up with Holland's ...

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Mike Keneally: Dancing

Read "Dancing" reviewed by Michael Askounes

“Hey, this sounds like Joe Jackson! No, no, wait a minute... it’s a lost Frank Zappa tune! Yeah, that’s it – it’s... hold up – that’s Adrian Belew! Those guitar stunts could only be done by... err... now what it Dave Matthews doing here? Oh never mind... it doesn’t matter who it is when it’s THIS good!”

The above was the conversation that would’ve been going through this reviewer’s head had I not had Mike Keneally’s Dancing CD cover directly ...


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