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Andy Summers: Creating Light from Dark

Read "Andy Summers: Creating Light from Dark" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Andy Summers is a renowned modern guitarist and composer. He is also an accomplished photographer and a traveler. While he may be better known for his achievements during his time in one of the most popular and beloved rock bands in music history, The Police, Summers, in his own memoir “One Train Later" and the music documentary which is based on this memoir, titled “Can't Stand Losing You," reveal a career full of great ups and downs, joys and disappointments. ...

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Andy Summers: The Last Dance of Mr X.

Read "The Last Dance of Mr X." reviewed by AAJ Staff

Though perhaps best (or at least better) known for his work with The Police, guitarist Andy Summers seems to be doing rather well for himself these days. He may not be filling arenas and attracting screaming teenage girls, but their mothers can scream pretty loud as well, and as it is to them that Mr. Summers now appears to be playing, his maturity and vision work in his favor. Backed by bassist Tony Levin and drummer Gregg Bissonette (except on ...

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Andy Summers: Peggy's Blue Skylight

Read "Peggy's Blue Skylight" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

The former Police guitarist assays the multifaceted works of Charles Mingus on this compelling disc, offering updates of the temperamental bassist’s timeless compositions. Summers previously tackled solid material by Mingus, Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk and other jazzmen on his 1997 project The Last Dance of Mr. X, with bassist Tony Levin and drummer Gregg Bissonette. Peggy’s Blue Skylight finds Summers and a wider cast mining Mingus’ legacy more deeply, revealing that these classic tunes still have plenty to offer contemporary ...

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Andy Summers: Green Chimneys

Read "Green Chimneys" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although I don’t mean to sound as though I’m damning with faint praise, Green Chimneys is better than I thought it might be. Guitarist Andy Summers, best known for his work with the rock group the Police, is, as it turns out, a longtime fan of Thelonious Monk, hence this well–meaning if not always riveting tribute to Monk’s music. Summers, naturally, is the glue on which the success of the enterprise depends, and he does his best to bind things ...

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Andy Summers: Green Chimneys

Read "Green Chimneys" reviewed by Ian Nicolson

What an albatross to have the Police hanging round your neck. So when it's all over, the singer gets even more famous and corners the market in sophisticated JazzRock, the drummer gets on with spending the money and stretching into movies and session fun, and the guitarist gets to play whatever he wants.Which has varied from turn it up Progressive Rock to echo Summers' days in the Soft Machine to delicate Blues and Folk experiments. But Green Chimneys ...

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Andy Summers: Face to Face

Read "Face to Face" reviewed by Mike Williams

Andy Summers has finally done it. He has finally made a great fusion or rock-jazz album. Since the Police, Andy's albums have been mostly minimalist, esoteric or gimmicky endeavors. Many of them, especially the ones co-lead by Robert Fripp literally put me to sleep. His new album, The Last Dance of Mr. X is anything but boring. In addition to Andy on guitars, the players are Tony Levin on bass and Gregg Bissonette on drums. Tony has worked on innumerable ...


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