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Michael Landau: The Guitarist's Guitarist

Read "Michael Landau: The Guitarist's Guitarist" reviewed by Jim Worsley

"He is the best guitarist in the world," states guitarist and Grammy winner Steve Lukather. Indeed, Michael Landau is an important figure in the modern era and one of the most widely respected guitar players on the planet. Landau made his mark as an A list session player in the '80s and '90s. He has, perhaps, recorded on more records than any other guitarist in history. I did say perhaps. I don't believe that category is in the ...

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The Michael Landau Liquid Quartet

Read "The Michael Landau Liquid Quartet" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Always free flowing and sometimes raging, The Michael Landau Liquid Quartet is currently traversing through Europe. The tour features stops in Austria, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republic, and Italy. I was quite fortunate to see and hear this powerful blues rock influenced band on January 27th in a pre tour show as part of the NAMM Show festivities at The Baked Potato in North Hollywood. Guitarist extraordinaire Landau was accompanied by bassist Jimmy Johnson, ...

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The Michael Landau Group: Organic Instrumentals

Read "Organic Instrumentals" reviewed by John Kelman

What do Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Neil Diamond have in common? Well, aside from being amongst the more important singer/songwriters of the past forty years, they've all recruited Michael Landau at one time or another. Between hundreds of recordings and plenty of high profile tours, it's more than a little surprising that the guitarist hasn't become a household name. Still, success needn't be measured solely on popular recognition; Landau's already achieved plenty as a guitarist's guitarist--a musician's musician whose ...

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Michael Landau / Robben Ford / Jimmy Haslip / Gary Novak: Renegade Creation

Read "Renegade Creation" reviewed by John Kelman

While by no means an absolute, there's a strong case for great jazzers making great rockers: Larry Carlton with Steely Dan and Michael Jackson; drummer Steve Gadd with Eric Clapton and Paul Simon; and saxophonist Michael Brecker with Billy Joel and Blue Oyster Cult. Renegade Creation's four artists may possesses a broader jazz vernacular, but it's all in service of the grit and grease of an unequivocal rock record, from the Bo Diddley beat of “What's Up" and slow grind ...

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The Michael Landau Group: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by John Kelman

Michael Landau has been a major force on the Los Angeles studio scene for 25 years: a musical chameleon playing on hundreds of albums by artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Neil Diamond, Julio Iglesias and Dolly Parton. In the jazz world, he's played with Joe Sample, Tom Scott and George Duke... even Miles Davis (Amandla, Columbia 1989).

But in all those years the guitarist has released only a handful of solo albums on small labels. ...