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Jaco Pastorius: Jaco Pastorius

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For any serious fan of jazz fusion, the release of Jaco Pastorius' debut solo album should have come as no surprise. Largely self taught, by 22 he was already teaching bass at the University of Miami, where he forged a strong friendship with guitarist Pat Metheny, one which would lead to the two eventually recording together, issuing a little known LP (simply titled Jaco) in 1974. But it wasn't until he became a member of fusion pioneers Weather Report that ...


Miroslav Vitous: Music of Weather Report

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The music on bassist Miroslav Vitous' Music Of Weather Report is a fascinating document by an original member of that seminal group, formed in 1970. Revisiting music he helped to create as well as one tune that came after he left the group in 1974 (along with new music he wrote and one from original member Wayne Shorter's time with Miles Davis), one can enter the mind of this man's singular reinterpretations of such gems as “Seventh Arrow," but also ...


U.K.: Ultimate Collectors' Edition

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Well, there's certainly been a wait for this one, but for fans of what may be the last high profile progressive rock group to emerge in the 1970s, U.K.'s Ultimate Collectors' Edition proves well worth it. What began as an already sizeable 16-disc box for a group that, during its relatively brief tenure, released just two studio albums and one live recording, has become an 18-disc set with the addition of a recording of the group's final show in Nijmegen, ...


King Crimson: Radical Action (To Unseat The Hold of Monkey Mind)

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Plenty has already been written about King Crimson's surprise reemergence in 2014 at All About Jazz, beginning when the now 47 year-old progressive/art rock band commenced its first tour since 2008 (and its first extensive one since 2003) with a new, expanded lineup featuring a front-line of three drummers and a back-line of two guitarists (one, also, a vocalist), a bassist/stick player and a reed/woodwind multi- instrumentalist. From reviews of two nights at San Francisco's Warfield Theater in the fall ...


Anderson / Stolt: Invention of Knowledge

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Guitarist Roine Stolt and fellow members of Swedish prog rock masters The Flower Kings, Tom Brislin (keys), Jonas Reingold (bass), Daniel Gildenlöw (backing vocals), Michael Stolt (bass) and Felix Lehrmann (drums) align with one of the founding fathers of the British prog movement Jon Anderson (Yes) for a strikingly arranged rock and electro-orchestral program, fabricated with an artistic flair. Stolt and associates would theoretically assume the roles of the 'newer' post-90s extension of prog's glory days, where bands such as ...


2016 Guitar Star series winner Zayn Mohammed

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Appearing on the main stage at the Latitude Music Festival was Zayn Mohammed's prize for winning the 2016 season of the UK SkyArts TV series Guitar Star. He was welcomed to the stage by legendary rock producer Tony Visconti, of David Bowie fame, as, “an incredible performer, a consummate artist, great guitarist, great musician and a visionary!" George Benson, who like Visconti was a judge and mentor on the series, appeared via video on the stage screens with these words, ...


John McLaughlin & Paco de Lucia: Paco and John - Live at Montreux 1987

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It's truly a shame that, all too often, artists with diverse careers become pigeon-holed, defined by the primary genre in which they first achieved notoriety. Take guitarist John McLaughlin, for instance. Ask most jazz fans about him and what will first come out of most of their mouths will include either the words “fusion," “jazz-rock" and/or Miles Davis, in any permutation/combination (not that there's anything wrong with that). Those a little further in the know might also be aware of ...


Levin Minnemann Rudess: From the Law Offices of Levin Minnemann Rudess

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It may look good on paper, but you can never really know how “super group" collaborations are going to work out until they actually get together and do something. In the case of the power trio named after its members--bassist/stick player Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, Stick Men), drummer/guitarist Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats, Joe Satriani) and keyboardist Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment), all names familiar to progressive rock fans--it would seem a low-risk proposition, given ...

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