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Vinnie Colaiuta/Robben Ford/Jimmy Haslip: Jing Chi

Read "Jing Chi" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

Another Tone Center supergroup strikes gold. Ex-Zappa drummer Colaiuta joins Yellowjackets bassist Haslip and blues-jazz guitar god Ford for a pretty damned satisfactory fusion foray. The big ears and fleet fingers required to pull off music like this are present in spades, and Ford's pedigree revives the blues feeling that's been so often absent in jazz-rock outings.

This is actually a fairly relaxed set compared to some of the barn-burners Tone Center has released of late. The impression is that ...

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Vinnie Colaiuta - Robben Ford - Jimmy Haslip: Jing Chi

Read "Jing Chi" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Guitarist Robben Ford has established a successful solo career; bassist Jimmy Haslip gained notoriety with the Yellowjackets; and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta is perhaps one of the most called upon session artists in the business. One might have high expectations for this joint production, yet not much happens until we get to the piece titled “Going Nowhere."

A few of these works may rekindle notions of the late '60s power trio Cream, thanks to Ford's velvety blues licks, staccato-like crunch chords, ...


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