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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Colosseum II: War Dance

Read "War Dance" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Colosseum was established in 1968, following drummer Jon Hiseman--who sadly passed away in 2018 --and saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith's affiliation with Graham Bond's Organisation, and John Mayall's now historic Bluesbreakers collective. As history dictates these bands became proving grounds for artists such as guitarists John McLaughlin (Graham Bond) and Eric Clapton (Bluesbreakers) amid others notables too numerous ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Soft Machine: Hidden Details

Read "Hidden Details" reviewed by John Kelman

Following a series of releases for Moonjune Records under the moniker Soft Machine Legacy, beginning with 2005's Live in Zaandam and concluding, most recently, with 2013's Burden of Proof, this quartet consisting largely of members from the classic Canterbury group Soft Machine has finally decided to drop the “Legacy" and go it with the original name ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Gibbs With The Gary Burton Quartet: Festival 69

Read "Festival 69" reviewed by Roger Farbey

On the first two discs of this previously unreleased three CD set, recorded at a single concert on 20th November 1969, the music is regularly punctuated by Gary Burton's announcement tracks, which are not always easily intelligible. However, his announcement preceding Steve Swallow's joyously rousing “Portsmouth Configurations" (actually “Portsmouth Figurations," from the 1967 RCA studio album ...

Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars

Read "Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars" reviewed by Doug Collette

Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars
Eagle Vision
2018

There's a point right near the end of Lili Fini Zanuck's film devoted to Eric Clapton where the archetypal guitar hero makes a solemn statement regarding the profound importance of music in his life. His declaration strikes an unusually resounding ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Jeff Berlin

Jeff Berlin is a legend of the electric bass. Simply put, he is considered by many to be the finest electric bass player in the world. Surprisingly, he is a pioneer of slap bass when he brought this new percussive-style bass playing in 1979 to the second Bill Bruford album, "One of a Kind", on the tune called 5G. Jeff also pioneered two handed tapping when he performed this style on Motherlode from his 1985 release of his first solo album called "Champion". When these styles began to catch on with other bass players, Jeff stopped playing these styles.

Jeff is known as a major innovator through his incisive playing through recordings and performances for the last thirty years.  Jaco Pastorius regarded Jeff as a better soloist than he was. Geddy Lee referred to Jeff as the "greatest bass player on the planet". Marcus Miller told people that he wanted to be the "Black Jeff Berlin".

Chris Squire: Fish Out of Water (Deluxe Edition)

Read "Fish Out of Water (Deluxe Edition)" reviewed by John Kelman

If ever there were an album that deserved the deluxe treatment, it would be Fish Out of Water (Atlantic, 1975), which would turn out to be (more or less) the only solo album ever released by Yes co-founder and electric bass trailblazer Chris Squire. There was a special remastered edition released in 2007 by Castle Music, ...

Jeff Berlin: Joe Frazier Round 3 (CD Single)

Read "Joe Frazier Round 3 (CD Single)" reviewed by John Kelman

In the world of music, there are plenty of “could have beens," but far fewer “should have beens." Count Jeff Berlin amongst the latter. The American electric bassist first made a number of marks in the second half of the musically innovative 1970s on a series of '76 recordings by singers Patti Austin and Esther Phillips, ...

Mike Gibbs Band: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 1991...Playing The Music Of Mike Gibbs And John Scofield.

Read "Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 1991...Playing The Music Of Mike Gibbs And John Scofield." reviewed by Roger Farbey

This kind of album only appears once in a blue moon and is a near-perfect recording of a concert, in mixing desk quality stereo, that took place at Birmingham's Symphony Hall on Friday 18 October 1991. It boasted a starry line-up of British and American virtuosos including Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor and Tony Coe from the ...

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: SOCAL JAZZ

John Mayall: In The Pocket at 84

Read "John Mayall: In The Pocket at 84" reviewed by Jim Worsley

For the past five and a half decades, John Mayall has written scores of both relevant and joyous music. It should come as no surprise that at the tender age of 84 he continues to do so. It soothingly, and ingeniously, seems to flow out of him like a calm, yet telling, river.

Many ...