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Grupo Fantasma: American Music Vol. VII

Read "American Music Vol. VII" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The thirteen new tracks on American Music Vol. VII celebrate Grupo Fantasma's first studio album in five years as well as the nineteenth anniversary of Austin's preeminent Tex-Mex party band. In several ways, Vol. VII sounds like much of their previous music: This Grupo can spice up and rock an energetic, celebratory party sound ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Riding Waves, Moving Boundaries, and Building The Wall

Read "Riding Waves, Moving Boundaries, and Building The Wall" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Franco Ambrosetti Quintet Long Waves Unit Records 2019 Trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti balances in the middle of three jazz generations, the father of saxophonist Gianluca and son of saxophonist Flavio, who once played opposite Charlie Parker at the Paris Jazz Festival. Although he grew up studying classical ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Grupo Fantasma: Problemas

Read "Problemas" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

It took five years and a new producer for Grupo Fantasma, the powerhouse Austin (TX) fusion ensemble that brings together musicians from Texas and Latin America, to follow-up their 2010 Grammy-winner El Existential (Ingrooves/Nat Geo Music).But Problemas, the first release that the band did not produce itself, proves worth the wait. “We thought a ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Unraveling the Mysteries of Monk, the Night Tripper & More

Read "Unraveling the Mysteries of Monk, the Night Tripper & More" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Terry Adams Talk Thelonious Clang! Records / Euclid Records 2015 Thelonious Monk's music has been more misunderstood and misinterpreted than most composers.' How you play Monk's music is just as important as what you play, and what you don't play is often just as important as what you do. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The Funk Ark: "High Noon" + Tour Dates + MP3

The Funk Ark: "High Noon" + Tour Dates + MP3

After a highly praised debut, Washington DC’s The Funk Ark is back with an even tighter follow up album. Less than a year has passed since the release of From The Rooftops on ESL Music and the world funk ensemble has established itself as one of the strongest players in the scene both in the studio ...

NEWS: RECORDING

New Release/MP3/Tour: The Funk Ark: 'From The Rooftops' (ESL Music)

New Release/MP3/Tour: The Funk Ark: 'From The Rooftops' (ESL Music)

The Funk Ark is a world funk ensemble based in Washington DC. The group draws on influences from the African and Latin funk/dance music scenes of the 1960s and 70s and the result is a gritty and soulful mix of inspired Afrobeat and big band funk. The eight-piece band is fronted by keyboardist and songwriterWill Rastwho, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brownout: Aguilas and Cobras

Read "Aguilas and Cobras" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The best little R&B band in (Austin) Texas is the Latino little brother to Grupo Fantasma, which often backs up the miniature R&B tornado known as Prince. “It's funny because we can be rehearsing with Grupo Fantasma one night and then the next night the same group of guys can go back to the rehearsal room ...

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Grupo Fantasma: Sonidos Gold

Read "Sonidos Gold" reviewed by James Taylor

When you've got Prince's seal of approval, little else matters. Austinites Grupo Fantasma have long been the Purple One's band du jour, logging a two-month residency at his Las Vegas nightclub 3121, a Golden Globes after party performance that saw the band joined by Prince, Talib Kweli, Will.i.am, Mary J. Blige, and Marc Anthony, as well ...


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