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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 ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Pat Martino: Joyous Lake

Read "Pat Martino: Joyous Lake" reviewed by John Kelman

Pat Martino
Joyous Lake
Warner Bros.
1977

Seemingly a hardcore mainstreamer at heart--though one with no shortage of experimental élan, proven over a series of ten albums from 1967's El Hombre (Prestige) to 1976's wonderful duo with pianist Gil Goldstein, We'll Be Together Again (Muse, 1976)--guitarist Pat Martino came relatively late to the jazz-rock ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Mike Rivard: Entranced By The Music

Read "Mike Rivard: Entranced By The Music" reviewed by Paul Naser

As globalization blends cultures and markets more and more everyday, it is only natural that artistic traditions and the artists that study them do the same. Mike Rivard is a leader in this regard, pioneering some of the most unique blends of musical styles and sounds today. Talking to him about his band Club D'elf and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

John Riley: Inspiring Innovation

Read "John Riley: Inspiring Innovation" reviewed by Ben Scholz

Foremost an innovator, John Riley has always been a “drummer's drummer" in the world of straight-ahead jazz. With nearly a hundred recordings, a dozen videos, and five books under his belt, Riley is a veritable font of knowledge in the bebop realm. In this article, we take a look back at some of his musical endeavors ...

Robin Eubanks + Mental Images: kLassik rocK vol. 1

Read "Robin Eubanks + Mental Images: kLassik rocK vol. 1" reviewed by John Kelman

While jazz purists like to think that the artists they love have always been into jazz and nothing else, the truth is often more than a little different: not only have most jazz artists who grew up in the '60s and beyond been unalterably impacted by more than just the jazz music of their time, but ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jim Beard: Serving The Music

Read "Jim Beard: Serving The Music" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth ]

Joe Zawinul said, “Jim Beard is my favorite keyboard player besides myself." I think that's a pretty high compliment, don't you? Jim Beard has been on the scene since the 1980s with a resume that reads like a sideman's dream: ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ralph Peterson: Music Teaches You Life

Read "Ralph Peterson: Music Teaches You Life" reviewed by George Colligan

[Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]

I was recently in Athens, as part of my tour with Jack DeJohnette. Shortly after arriving, I'm sitting in my hotel room, and I get an unexpected call. “Colligan!" “Uh...yes?" And then I hear one of my obscure compositions, “Reaction," being sung ...

Mark Murdock: Cymbalic Encounters

Read "Cymbalic Encounters" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Drummer, keyboardist and vocalist Mark Murdock's Cymbalic Encounters features eminent progressive-rock unit Brand X alumni, guitarist John Goodsall, bassist Percy Jones, and drummer Kenwood Dennard along with legendary jazz-fusion keyboardist David Sancious and other guests. Murdock shines as a renaissance man and offers a diversified set, highlighted by the largely memorable compositions and aided by a ...