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Content by tag "Allan Holdsworth"

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tom Guarna: The Wishing Stones

Read "The Wishing Stones" reviewed by John Kelman

An unfortunate reality for too many musicians--even those who are well-known--is that most of their audiences are aware of but a portion of their true work...their fullest capabilities. Recordings only tell part of the story, since artists often tour with groups that are never documented. And even those tours, for those fortunate enough to experience them, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bruford: Seems Like a Lifetime Ago 1977 - 1980

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With the plethora of box sets being issued these days with new masters and, perhaps even more importantly, new mixes of classic recordings, it was inevitable that the small but significant discography of drummer Bill Bruford's first steps into a solo career with his band Bruford should finally get the deluxe treatment. Seems Like a Lifetime ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Allan Holdsworth: Eidolon

Read "Eidolon" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

L'etichetta americana Manifesto Records ha curato una importante ristampa quasi integrale del materiale discografico inciso dal chitarrista inglese Allan Holdsworth e ha pubblicato un bel cofanetto di 12 CD che raccoglie il tutto, escludendo solo il disco Velvet Darkness del 1976 per esplicita volontà del chitarrista stesso che non aveva avallato la sua pubblicazione all'epoca, a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

CEO Experiment With Kurt Rosenwinkel at The Sugar Club

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CEO Experiment with Kurt Rosenwinkel
The Sugar Club
jny: Dublin, Ireland
September 30, 2017

CEO Experiment's Dublin concert with special guest Kurt Rosenwinkel seemed to be a long time coming. For months there'd been speculation that the great American guitarist might rock up for this one-off gig. When it was ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Jan Zehrfeld: Heavy Jazz

Read "Jan Zehrfeld: Heavy Jazz" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

The German group Panzerballett may have a metal edge on much of their music, but there's no mistaking that by any rational judgment this is also a definitive jazz band. Fans can always count on unpredictably adventuresome twists to the standard form on classics like “Birdland" or “Take Five" amidst inspired originals.

Much of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Stick Men at Havana

Read "Stick Men at Havana" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Stick Men
Havana
New Hope, PA
August 15, 2017

Stick Men look like a secondary project or side endeavor on the surface--probably inevitable since the members are most known in the progressive music world for being part of the King Crimson family--but there's a real difference between being a side ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jean Luc Ponty Band at the Boulder Theater

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Jean Luc Ponty Band
Boulder Theater
Boulder, Colorado
June 13, 2017

One thing we learned Tuesday night: Enigmatic Ocean (Atlantic, 1977), Jean Luc Ponty's fourth album for Atlantic Records, is his favorite. And why not? It made it to number one on the jazz charts in 1977. Plus, it's pretty good. ...

Allan Holdsworth: The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever!

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In a time when album sales are a challenge being mitigated, at least to some extent, by the release of deluxe editions and box sets, it's still more necessary than ever to grab potential listeners with imagery and words; the title of a box set can have, especially for those less than intimately familiar with the ...

Olli Hirvonen: New Helsinki

Read "New Helsinki" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Hailing from Finland but now resident in Brooklyn, New York, Olli Hirvonen won first prize in the 2016 Socar Montreux Jazz Electric Guitar Competition. Significantly, the jury was presided over by John McLaughlin.

“Arps" opens with cascades of Robert Fripp-like quick-fire obligato notes, rapidly ascending and descending the fretboard and instantly hooking the listener. ...