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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John McLaughlin: John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring - Live in San Francisco

Read "John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring - Live in San Francisco" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

If you're a concert-goer of a certain age (and ilk), 2017 and early 2018 have proven fairly remarkable. Whether “last waltzes," overdue reunions or just plain old-school tenacity, many titans and heroes of the jazz-rock/prog era--such as Brand X, King Crimson, Soft Machine and The Dixie Dregs--have been making the rounds in some major markets and ...

Brand X: Locked & Loaded

Read "Locked & Loaded" reviewed by John Kelman

There are a great many bands whose lineups have been so fluid that keeping track of who was in the band when is no mean feat. Few bands have, however, had as complicated a history as Brand X. Even in its latest re-reincarnation, there's been a lineup shift between the high octane fusion group's January, 2017 ...

Brand X: But Wait… There’s More! / Live 2017

Read "But Wait… There’s More! / Live 2017" reviewed by Roger Weisman

But Wait... There's More!, the new live album by Brand X captures a complete performance of the classic Anglo- American prog-jazz-fusion band (can we fit a few more hyphens in here?) from their recent, eagerly anticipated, recent tour. Recorded in January at the Sellersville Theater, it is a blistering, high energy set, reexploring material from their ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz-Fusion Legends Brand X Reunite To Tour U.S. Fall 2016 And Spring 2017

Jazz-Fusion Legends Brand X Reunite To Tour U.S. Fall 2016 And Spring 2017

Legendary Jazz-Rock-Fusion band BRAND X has reunited and is preparing to celebrate their reunion with a Fall 2016/Spring 2017 U.S. tour, including a headline performance at Progtoberfest in jny: Chicago on October 21st. Also on this initial run will be shows in jny: Milwaukee, jny: Detroit, jny: Cleveland and jny: Boston to name a few. BRAND X ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Interview: Multi-Instrumentalist Paul Stafford

Q: You received your first drum kit at the age of five. Did your family already know you had an interest in music? A: I would say yes. The drum kit was purchased based on the constant beating on shoe boxes. My mindset was drumming as one would do in a school marching band. Although not being ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Cellar and Point: Ambit

Read "Ambit" reviewed by Vic Albani

Due chitarre, violino, violoncello, vibrafono e ritmica. Curiosa line-up per uno dei gruppi più interessanti del momento, capace forse di rispondere alla domanda “dove sta andando la musica?."

Molti recensori e critici festeggiano la strada di The Cellar and Point chiedendosi che razza di musica proponga questa formazione. New jazz o new pop? ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Gonzo Multimedia To Release Rare CDs By UK Prog-fusion Legends Brand X And Bass Icon Percy Jones

Gonzo Multimedia To Release Rare CDs By UK Prog-fusion Legends Brand X And Bass Icon Percy Jones

London, UK - Although typically considered an off-shoot band for Genesis legend Phil Collins, UK prog-fusion group Brand X was much more than that. Featuring several virtuosic musicians (as well as Collins), Brand X took the genre of fusion to a whole new level of expertise. Along with Collins on drums, the band featured Percy Jones (bass), John Goodsall (guitar) Robin ...

Ligro: Dictionary 2

Read "Dictionary 2" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Another great fusion band from Indonesia, Ligro is a co-operative trio comprised of guitarist Agam Hamzah, bassist Adi Darmawan, and drummer Gusti Hendi. Compared to the other Indonesian jazz and fusion artists on the MoonJune roster (Dewa Budjana, Tohpati Ario Hutomo, and the group SimakDialog) Ligro's sound is appreciably more aggressive and, dare I say, more ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Roberta Piket: Making a Difference

Read "Roberta Piket: Making a Difference" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Roberta Piket is a jazz pianist, composer, and arranger with an exceptional range of expression. In the same tune or performance, she moves fluidly between bebop, hard bop, blues, soft and mellow, up-tempo, contrapuntal, and advanced harmonic motifs, making it all come together in meaningful, coherent statements of ideas and emotions. She thinks hard when she ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Anil Prasad: Inner Views, Borderless Perspectives

Read "Anil Prasad: Inner Views, Borderless Perspectives" reviewed by Joe Lang

He may not be a household name and you likely won't hear him mentioned in music journalism classes alongside Robert Christgau, Lester Bangs and Anthony DeCurtis. But for those familiar with his work, Anil Prasad is considered among the most knowledgeable, provocative and forward-thinking music journalists in the world today.

In 1994, Prasad ...