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Alejandro Coello: Percussion Theory

Read "Percussion Theory" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The music of Spanish percussion master Alejandro Coello doesn't slot easily into any categorical opening, and it's likely he prefers it that way. A sharp-minded individualist, he creates compelling works that nod toward contemporary percussion ensemble aesthetics, modern classicism and chamber jazz all at once.

Utilizing his own instrumental gifts along with those of ...

NEWS: RECORDING

DarWin Releases Debut Concept Album Origin Of Species Internationally Featuring Drum Legend Simon Phillips

DarWin Releases Debut Concept Album Origin Of Species Internationally Featuring Drum Legend Simon Phillips

Welcome to the near-future: the world of DarWin. An intricate musical fantasy concept that launched in November 2018 in the UK only with the ambitious single release of “Escape The Maze,” followed by the full length album Origin Of Species. The album is now available internationally on all major digital distribution platforms, with an epic cinematic video ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Guitarist Ramin Partovi To Release His Breakout Album Featuring Scott Henderson, Simon Phillips, Carl Verheyen, Jimmy Johnson, Mike Stern

Guitarist Ramin Partovi To Release His Breakout Album Featuring Scott Henderson, Simon Phillips, Carl Verheyen, Jimmy Johnson, Mike Stern

Aviator and Hollywood guitarist Ramin Partovi is about to release his breakout album 27 Faces Of A Broken Heart with a completely new concept. The album features an all-star line-up with Scott Henderson, Simon Phillips, Carl Verheyen, Jimmy Johnson, Mike Stern and several others. The double CD is a unique idea where several well known musicians ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Simon Phillips Protocol: 4

Read "4" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

All-universe drummer Simon Phillips can navigate just about any rock-related genre with the greatest of ease, given his tenure with Toto, The Who; voluminous discography as a session artist and ongoing leadership with his jazz-rock ensemble, Protocol. On 4 guitar hero Greg Howe replaces Andy Timmons, and Dennis Hamm takes over keyboard duties for Steve Weingart, ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Simon Phillips Protocol at Catalina Jazz Club

Read "Simon Phillips Protocol at Catalina Jazz Club" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Simon Phillips Protocol
Catalina Jazz Club
Hollywood, CA
February 6, 2018

Early on, the very engaged crowd at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood knew we were in for a treat. Perhaps it was enough that drummer Simon Phillips and his quartet Protocol were ready to take the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hiromi: Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda Live In Montreal

Read "Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda Live In Montreal" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Here's a good rule of thumb to consider when reviewing a jazz record and by that, I mean any jazz record. Jazz music is live music so if it sounds good in the studio will it sound even better on the stage? In other words, if you're willing to pay $50 for a ticket, you're probably ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Drum Legend Simon Phillips Releases "Protocol 4"

Drum Legend Simon Phillips Releases "Protocol 4"

Drum legend & producer extraordinaire Simon Phillips has released Protocol 4 on October 27th on Phantom Recordings, distributed by AMPED. Simon Phillips is by far one of the world's most renowned and respected drummers, whose style not only reflects his technical gift but also his distinct musical sensibility. Whether it is Rock, Fusion, Jazz or World, ...

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Bunny Brunel And Stanley Clarke Bring Notable Bass Players Together For This Historical New Bass CD, Entitled "Bunny Brunel And Friends - Bass Ball"

Bunny Brunel And Stanley Clarke Bring Notable Bass Players Together For This Historical New Bass CD, Entitled "Bunny Brunel And Friends - Bass Ball"

“I think Bass Ball is a great, innovative record with some of the best bass players in the world, encompassing a variety of styles.” –Bunny Brunel If you like the bass, then you will love Bass Ball, a new CD encompassing everything that’s great about the bass. The innovative album is produced by Bunny Brunel and Stanley ...

Hiromi: The Trio Project at the Annenberg Center Live

Read "Hiromi: The Trio Project at the Annenberg Center Live" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Hiromi: The Trio Project
Annenberg Center Live
jny: Philadelphia, PA
April 1, 2016

She walks onstage without a word, makes sure to gesture towards the other players for their share of applause, and gives the cheering a minute to subside before getting down to business. The first song starts with a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Simon Phillips: Protocol 3

Read "Protocol 3" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This is the 3rd installment of all-universe drummer Simon Phillips' (The Who, Toto, Hiromi...) Protocol band. And he imparts a commanding presence via lyrically charged fills and mesmeric polyrhythmic flurries amid the resonating output from his large rock kit. Akin to the previous albums, the quartet intertwines jazz fusion, jazz rock and progressive rock into a ...