Content by tag "Jing Chi"

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Jim Worsley's Best Releases of 2017

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As 2017 was another exceptional year in new music, choosing the recordings that rise above is a daunting task. It is also a lot of fun. Yes, such “drudgery" to listen to countless strong musical efforts from artists all over the world. The vast spectrum of seasoned pros, to new blood, and everything in between provided ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Mark Isham: Blue Sun

Read "Mark Isham: Blue Sun" reviewed by John Kelman

Mark Isham
Blue Sun
Columbia Records
1995

Better-known, perhaps, for his work in the film arena as scorer for movies including 1986's The Hitcher, the 1992 reboot of Of Mice and Men and 1998's Blade, Mark Isham has, nevertheless, demonstrated his instrumental prowess as a trumpeter on albums including pianist Art Lande's Rubisa Patrol ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Landau / Robben Ford / Jimmy Haslip / Gary Novak: Renegade Creation

Read "Renegade Creation" reviewed by John Kelman

While by no means an absolute, there's a strong case for great jazzers making great rockers: Larry Carlton with Steely Dan and Michael Jackson; drummer Steve Gadd with Eric Clapton and Paul Simon; and saxophonist Michael Brecker with Billy Joel and Blue Oyster Cult. Renegade Creation's four artists may possesses a broader jazz vernacular, but it's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jing Chi: 3D

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Following a 2003 release, Live at Yoshi’s , which leaned a little more towards the jazz side of the jazz-rock fence, Jing Chi returns with 3D , a pounding affair that places itself more firmly in the rock camp, influenced strongly by power groups from the late ‘60s and ‘70s including Cream, Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jing Chi: Jing Chi Live!

Read "Jing Chi Live!" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

Jing Chi’s 2001 debut was eagerly anticipated by contemporary jazz fans worldwide. For the most part it satisfied, save for feeling a bit too loose around the edges. One whole point of the project was to explore more open-ended improvisation in an electric fusion context, at which the disc succeeded admirably.

Hindsight is always 20/20, however, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vinnie Colaiuta/Robben Ford/Jimmy Haslip: Jing Chi

Read "Jing Chi" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

Another Tone Center supergroup strikes gold. Ex-Zappa drummer Colaiuta joins Yellowjackets bassist Haslip and blues-jazz guitar god Ford for a pretty damned satisfactory fusion foray. The big ears and fleet fingers required to pull off music like this are present in spades, and Ford's pedigree revives the blues feeling that's been so often absent in jazz-rock ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vinnie Colaiuta/Robben Ford/Jimmy Haslip: Jing Chi

Read "Jing Chi" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

Another Tone Center supergroup strikes gold. Ex-Zappa drummer Colaiuta joins Yellowjackets bassist Haslip and blues-jazz guitar god Ford for a pretty damned satisfactory fusion foray. The big ears and fleet fingers required to pull off music like this are present in spades, and Ford's pedigree revives the blues feeling that's been so often absent in jazz-rock ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vinnie Colaiuta - Robben Ford - Jimmy Haslip: Jing Chi

Read "Jing Chi" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Guitarist Robben Ford has established a successful solo career; bassist Jimmy Haslip gained notoriety with the Yellowjackets; and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta is perhaps one of the most called upon session artists in the business. One might have high expectations for this joint production, yet not much happens until we get to the piece titled “Going Nowhere." ...