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Mike Stern: Trip

Read "Trip" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

In the blink of an eye an accident can happen and when it does it can be a life-altering event. Think of a brain surgeon or a pro quarterback. Think of what it would mean it they suffered some sort of injury which made it impossible to grasp a scalpel or throw a football with the ...

Mike Stern: Trip

Read "Trip" reviewed by James Nadal

Having established himself as an imaginative technical wizard in the forefront of the fusion movement during the 1980's, guitarist Mike Stern has left an indelible mark on the way the instrument is utilized in the jazz idiom. But there would be an unforeseen event that would test his physical and emotional will to overcome adversity. In ...

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Peter White: Groovin'

Read "Groovin'" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Some musicians simply have an affinity for certain genres. Peter White, having assumed the crown from George Benson has established himself as the gold standard for smooth jazz guitarists and this means he now has the freedom to do whatever he wants. What White wants to do with Groovin' is demonstrate how deft a touch he ...

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Fourplay: Silver

Read "Silver" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Any band in any genre of music, be it rock, country, classical or jazz can't make it two and a half decades based solely on pure dumb luck. Fourplay defied the critics who dismissed them as pop schlock when they debuted in 1991 and shook off the haters who never thought they would still be here ...

Mindi Abair: Wild Heart

Read "Wild Heart" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Courtney Love courted controversy in a Rolling Stone interview when she shrugged off Clarence Clemons, the late and great “Big Man" saxophonist of Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band, “My Springsteen problem is just that saxophones don't belong in rock & roll," she said. “They just don't belong."

Mindi Abair would like a word with you ...

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Jeff Lorber Fusion: Hacienda

Read "Hacienda" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

If the word “fusion" is a dirty word don't tell Jeff Lorber. In 1977, the Jeff Lorber Fusion made the scene and 36 years later there's a new incarnation of the band built around Lorber's keyboards, synths and occasional guitar, Jimmy Haslip on bass, and Eric Marienthal on saxophone. What's changed in nearly four decades later ...

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George Duke: Dream Weaver

Read "George Duke: Dream Weaver" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

The end comes eventually for us all with only the time and method to be determined. Dream Weaver is an album constructed around death, loss, healing and moving on. George Duke lost his wife, Corine, in 2011 as well as guitarist Jef Lee Johnson, and vocalist Teena Marie who passed away in 2010 as she was ...

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Fourplay: Esprit De Four

Read "Fourplay: Esprit De Four" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Fourplay

Esprit De Four

Heads Up International

2012

Bands don't last over two decades with minimal turnover in personnel and continued success if they're composed of egotists, prima donnas, drama queens or people that just don't play nice together. Fourplay has endured and thrived because it is an egalitarian coalition of seasoned ...

Mike Stern: All Over The Place

Read "All Over The Place" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Guitarist Mike Stern projected a stylish, chops-heavy impression on the general jazz populous during his auspicious entry into the circuit, supporting jazz-fusion era Miles Davis. Indeed, one of the more distinctive guitarists spanning several decades, the artist enlists a who's who of current bass greats amid appearances by longtime associates, trumpeter Randy Brecker and former Davis ...

David Benoit: Conversation

Read "Conversation" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

If a touch of grey makes a man look distinguished, his full head of hair gone grey makes David Benoit positively aristocratic. The knock on Benoit is he makes music that is pleasant yet not memorable and, at times, is dismissed as being lightweight. It's time to reassess that somewhat harsh appraisal as time has been ...