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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary

Read "Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

More than any other person, Leonardo Pavkovic has made me write some crazy shit.

Pavkovic is the primal force behind the joyously eclectic MoonJune Records, which he established in 2001. “Established" may not be the right word: “I am truly an unusual and rules breaking call-it-record-company with a 'label' identity despite the fact that ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Alexander Baboian: Alex Baboian - Piano Bench

Read "Alex Baboian - Piano Bench" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Jazz trio treatment of classical music is nothing new. French pianist Jacques Loussier has been doing it for 30 years with releases like Bach: The Brandenburgs (Telarc, 2006) and Mozart Piano Concertos 20/23 (Telarc, 2006), among many others. So, Alex Baboian's Piano Bench might not appear as novel as it is. But it is unique in ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Unreleased Rare Recordings Of Guitar Legend Tommy Bolin To Be Released On New Compilation - Whirlwind

Unreleased Rare Recordings Of Guitar Legend Tommy Bolin To Be Released On New Compilation - Whirlwind

Los Angeles, CA: A spectacular collection of rare and unreleased recordings from famed guitarist of Deep Purple, James Gang and the Billy Cobham band, Tommy Bolin will be released on August 13th by Purple Pyramid Records. Whirlwind, produced by Greg Hampton and Johnnie Bolin, features rare material from Bolin's jazz-rock band Energy, an epic 26-minute version of “Marching Powder” (here called “Marching ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Scott Henderson / Jeff Berlin / Dennis Chambers: HBC

Read "HBC" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Not simply a super-group, but more like a jazz-fusion superpower as this formidable trio melds classic fusion works amid a few originals on its debut release, although the artists have crossed paths over the years. Bios and resumes would transcend the limitations of a review or analysis. So, it's the in-your-face attitude, creative impetus, and the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tommy Bolin: The Definitive Teaser Collector’s Edition

Read "The Definitive Teaser Collector’s Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette

Guitarist Tommy Bolin elevated the role of journeyman to a high art. After leaving his home in Colorado, where he played with Energy and Zephyr, he worked with fusion drummers Billy Cobham and Alphonse Mouzon, joined a post-Joe Walsh James Gang, and went on to Deep Purple when Richie Blackmore left the group. All of this ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jeff Beck: Denver, April 15, 2011

Read "Jeff Beck: Denver, April 15, 2011" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Jeff Beck
Paramount Theatre
Denver, Colorado
April 15, 2011

Jazz-rock fusion originally came from the jazz side,Miles Davis and his sidemen-turned-leaders--Weather Report, Return to Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra--but a few practitioners came at it from the rock side, emphasizing the rock angle a little more than the jazz guys. Jeff Beck is one of ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Follow Your Heart: John McLaughlin Song by Song

Read "Follow Your Heart: John McLaughlin Song by Song" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Follow Your Heart: John McLaughlin Song by Song

Walter Kolosky

Softcover; 306 pages

ISBN: 978-0-9761016-5-9

Abstract Logix Books

2010

The title of Walter Kolosky's guide to the entire compositional oeuvre of guitarist/composer John McLaughlin captures the essence of what makes McLaughlin tick. Whether alienating jazz purists at the ...

Manu Codjia: Manu Codjia

Read "Manu Codjia" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Manu Codjia is among the most active sidemen on the French jazz scene and one of the most original guitarists playing jazz anywhere. His playing--clearly indebted to Bill Frisell, but also to Allan Holdsworth, Tommy Bolin on Billy Cobham's Spectrum (Atlantic, 1973), and a host of other influences--constantly generates new ideas on several levels at once: ...

Tommy Bolin & Friends: Live At Ebbets Field 1974

Read "Live At Ebbets Field 1974" reviewed by AAJ Staff

After his stint with femme-vox driven, Zeppelinesque Zephyr and during his days with James Gang, Tommy Bolin managed to get together with some friends and jam out for two nights in June of 1974. From Denver, Colorado, Bolin and crew blasted the night skies with high-speed, ferocious, and free-spirited blues-rock. Yeah, there was even some jazz-rock ...