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Kozo Suganuma: Kozo

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In the early '90s, drummer Kozo Suganuma formed half of the rhythm section of the legendary Japanese fusion trio Fragile. His eponymous solo CD on the Jewel Sound label features eight tracks of modern and traditional fusion, including one Coltrane standard and four tracks written by Fragile guitarist Koichi Yabori.



Kozo opens with the ...

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Koichi Yabori: Elevation

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As the guitarist in Fragile, the legendary Japanese fusion group of the early '90s, Koichi Yabori introduced many fusion fans around the globe to the thriving Japanese fusion scene. His Pat Metheny-influenced guitar synth work filled this trio with a wall of sound. Elevation, Yabori's second solo CD from 2002, offers a more mellow vibe than ...

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Virtual Dream: Casuality

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Virtual Dream is an instrumental fusion trio from Italy. After eight years of stylistic migration and personnel changes around founding guitarist Fabio Cerrone, the group released its second full-length CD, Casuality, in 2002. Joined by drummer/percussionist Lucrezio de Seta, bassist Pierpaolo Ranieri, and several guest musicians, Virtual Dream winds through twelve tracks of modern electric fusion ...

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Paul Santa Maria: Johnny Speaks

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Paul Santa Maria is a jazz guitarist, composer, and longtime bassist and studio engineer for Larry Coryell. In an ode to his 1961 Gibson Johnny Smith, Santa Maria plays eleven tracks of unaccompanied jazz guitar on his self-released 2002 CD Johnny Speaks.



The round tone of Santa Maria's vintage hollow-body guitar shimmers through these ...

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Bernhard Reinke's Roller Coaster: Moving Images

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Dutch guitarist Bernhard Reinke leads his band Roller Coaster through ten original instrumental tracks of modern electric jazz on 1999's Moving Images, the group's second record after 1996's Under Your Skin.



Reinke's songs include heavy fusion like “Mauna Loa," slow ballads like “Once," light Holdsworth-style chordal tunes like “Du Vent," syncopated grooves like “Angel ...

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Barbara Jungfer: Vitamin B-3

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German jazz guitarist and composer Barbara Jungfer has been on the European jazz scene for over a decade. Her 2001 release Vitamin B-3 features eight original compositions and one standard in an organ trio format.



The mellow vibe of hollow-body guitar and sustained Hammond chords accentuates the somber mood of Jungfer's songs. The mid-tempo, ...

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Spontageous: Spontageous

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Spontageous is the project of Philadelphia fusion guitarist/composer Audric Jankauskas. Along with bassist Rob Lewcun, drummer Tom Cottone, and keyboardist Lin Fred, this quartet in the Tribal Tech mold moves through nine tunes of mellow electric fusion on their self-titled recording.



The playing on Spontageous has the smooth, assured feel of professional musicianship. Jankauskas ...

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Larry Coryell: Power Trio: Live in Chicago

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After two recent electric fusion project records with drummer Steve Smith ( Cause and Effect and Count's Jam Band Reunion ), veteran fusion guitarist and composer Larry Coryell returns with Power Trio: Live in Chicago. In this live set captured at the Jazz Showcase, this trio swings through mellow moods with traditional jazz sonic textures, in ...

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Sphere3: Comeuppance

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Britain's Sphere3 blends light Tribal Tech-style fusion with a prog rock feel on Comeuppance, the group's first full-length recording in over ten years of writing and performing with various lineups.

Comeuppance features ten instrumental tracks, ranging from the concise “Eat First, Ask Questions Later" to the elongated “December Gaze." Synth textures and guitar ...

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NDV: Karma

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Under the moniker NDV, drummer Nick D'Virgilio's first solo record Karma steps away from the grandiose, symphonic neo-progressive rock of his regular band, Spock's Beard, to explore a wide variety of musical styles. D'Virgilio has also played with Tears for Fears and Sheryl Crow.



The opening two minutes of the first track, “The River ...