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Joe Zawinul: Faces and Places

Read "Faces and Places" reviewed by Kris Perdew

It is reassuring and life-affirming to hear in Faces and Places, a return to form for Joe Zawinul at age 70. On this album, the Austrian-born keyboardist revisits many of the themes he originally unveiled with his famous collective Weather Report three decades ago. On this exceptional set, Zawinul is joined by Cameroonian bassist and singer ...

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Steve Khan: Backlog

Read "Backlog" reviewed by James Nadal

In what could best be described as an enduring exploration, Steve Khan has undertaken the role of expanding and redefining the role of the guitar in the hybrid genre of Latin Jazz. Backlog continues with the concept established as far back as 2005 on The Green Field (Tone Center), in the transformation of straight-ahead jazz compositions ...

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Various Artists: Mahavishnu Redefined: A Tribute to John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra

Read "Mahavishnu Redefined: A Tribute to John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra" reviewed by John Kelman

With guitar icon John McLaughlin's greater visibility, thanks to recent tours with his 4th Dimension group and Five Peace Band collaboration with pianist Chick Corea, there's been a flurry of reassessment of his vast and vital output as a repertory source. Drummer Gregg Bendian's Mahavishnu Project delivered first-time performances with Return to the Emerald Beyond (Cuneiform, ...

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Ahmad Mansour: Free Speech

Read "Free Speech" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Iranian-American Ahmad Mansour has been stirring things as a modern jazz guitarist bent towards the edgier side. With heavy does of rock, jam-band and an attitude that shakes it all up, Free Speech is an introduction to his music in a live setting. Recorded in Europe in 2006, the recording finds Mansour in ...

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Prophetz of Time and Space: String Theory

Read "String Theory" reviewed by John Kelman

Steve Vasconcellos sure knows how to pick them. With a core group including legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra violinist Jerry Goodman, Weather Report drummer Leon “Ndugu Chancler, in-demand LA saxophone ace Brandon Fields and Miles Davis percussionist Munyungo Jackson, the bassist's five year-old Prophetz of Time and Space has plenty of potential as an approachable but uncompromising contemporary ...

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Aa. Vv.: Emergency Funk Radio

Read "Emergency Funk Radio" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Guerriglieri del groove, combattenti del new funky, estremisti della fusion: questo CD - compilation è un bignami delle nuove tendenze. Ma non solo. Uno dopo l’altro, in una sfilata di talenti straordinari (Soulive, Groove Warriors, Medeski, Martin & Wood, tra gli altri), gli artisti chiamati a “raccolta” mostrano quanto la lezione di padri e “padrini” del ...

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Prophetz of Time and Space: String Theory

Read "String Theory" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Comprimari di lusso, i Prophetz of Time and Space hanno un curriculum alle spalle da paura. Jerry Goodman, violinista, faceva parte della Mahavishnu Orchestra; Brandon Fields, sassofonista, spesso alla corte di George Benson; Munyungo Jackson, percussionista con gente come Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock e Joe Zawinul; Otmaro Ruiz, tastierista con McLaughlin; Leon Chancler, batterista di Davis ...

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David Garfield & Friends: The State of Things

Read "The State of Things" reviewed by John Kelman

Unless you frequent Los Angeles clubs like The Baked Potato and La Ve Lee, chances are you haven't heard of keyboardist David Garfield. But you've heard him. Appearing on over a hundred albums, Garfield has worked with artists like trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and guitarist Larry Carlton. He's a co-founder of Los Lobotomys and Karizma, two fusion-based ...

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Steve Khan: Got My Mental

Read "Got My Mental" reviewed by John Kelman

The great thing about the ECM label is that it never deletes a title, which means that new fans of legacy artists like pianist Keith Jarrett can go back and explore their artistic development. Sadly that's rarely possible with most labels, and it's becoming even more challenging when an artist's career spans several, as is the ...

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Various Artists: Mysterious Voyages - A Tribute to Weather Report

Read "Mysterious Voyages - A Tribute to Weather Report" reviewed by John Kelman

Weather Report's fifteen-year tenure was not only the longest of the fusion groups that emerged from the post-Bitches Brew era--including John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra, Chick Corea's Return to Forever, and Herbie Hancock's Headhunters--it was arguably the most broadly influential. Starting out as an electric free jazz collective but ultimately honing a sound that included world beat ...


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