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Earle Brown: Synergy

Read "Synergy" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Never quite as celebrated as his New York contemporaries Morton Feldman and John Cage, Earle Brown was, nevertheless, a composer of exceeding brilliance. His music bespoke of breathtaking vistas, informed by his undying love of the New England of his birth as much as it was by his exceptional grasp of the immense fluidity of compositional ...

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Synergy: Later

Read "Later" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

San Antonio's Mike Brannon has one of the most uplifting guitar tones and approaches to improvisation in contemporary jazz, besides a flair for composition. His playing and writing are informed by fellow travelers like Metheny and Scofield, but not derivative of either. And he knows how to draw out the best from his associates, be they ...

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Synergy: Later

Read "Later" reviewed by John Kelman

Synergy may be a collective in name, but it's really the brainchild of guitarist Mike Brannon. With keyboardist Andy Langham the only carryover from 2000's Barcodes, Brannon handles all compositional/arrangement duties on Later, barring the title track, co-arranged by Brannon and drummer Gerry Gibbs. Like Barcodes there are a number of high profile guests on this ...

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Synergy: Bar Codes

Read "Bar Codes" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

Synergy's Bar Codes is a highly enjoyable fusion excursion that makes for great drive-time or social listening. All of the musicians are quite technically adept and show impeccable musicianship, and they temper their talents with a comfortable restraint that makes the disc more than just another chops-flaunting festival. Berklee alumnus Mike Brannon and company create music ...

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Dave Weckl Band: Synergy

Read "Synergy" reviewed by Dave Hughes

Dave Weckl is one of today's most versatile and technically accomplished drummers. In tandem with keyboardist Jay Oliver, he's also a proficient composer. After a year of touring, the band (which includes veteran guitarist Buzzy Feiten, saxophonist Brandon Fields, and bassist Tommy Kennedy) is cohesive and tight. . This is definitely a band project--all members contribute ...

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Dave Weckl Band: Synergy

Read "Synergy" reviewed by Ed Kopp

Explosive drummer Dave Weckl leads a talented ensemble that sounds a bit like his old group, the Chick Corea Elektric Band, minus the venerable Mr. Corea. This second release from the Weckl Band is an energetic mix of improvised fusion and pop-jazz.

Spunkier than Spyro Gyra and more rock-oriented than the Yellowjackets, the Weckl Band ...

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The Dave Weckl Band: Synergy

Read "Synergy" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although drummer Dave Weckl and his sidemen (I assume that this is his working quintet) know exactly where they want to go and how to get there, the kind of Jazz they play simply doesn’t interest me in the least. I’m sure they must think it swings; with some exceptions (“Swunk,” parts of “Synergy,” for example) ...

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Dave Weckl: Synergy

Read "Synergy" reviewed by Jim Santella

Contemporary jazz offers featured roles for electric guitar, electric bass, horns and keyboard. And then there’s the drummer. No longer a timekeeper, the drummer sits amid his extended set of percussion instruments and propels his band with a variety of tools. Dave Weckl employs practiced rudiments on his large set to create patterns that interact with ...

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Dave Weckl Band: Synergy

Read "Synergy" reviewed by Paula Edelstein

When Dave Weckl decided to have a “band writing day, rehearsal kind of jam session” while touring with his present ensemble, he couldn’t have made a wiser decision. That day ended up yielding the foundation for almost half of the material on Synergy, his latest release on Stretch Records. The band, Brandon Fields on tenor sax, ...