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Deep Energy Orchestra: Playing with Fire

Read "Playing with Fire" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Deep Energy Orchestra is unique in its musical repertoire, approach, and style, all of which burn light and heat into their first live recording Playing with Fire. DEO's lead voice comes equally from progressive guitar pot-stirrer and King Crimson mainstay Trey Gunn; Carnatic percussionist V. Selvaganish, a member of John McLaughlin's transcendent group Remember Shakti; electric ...

Big Bands, Orchestras and Soft Machines

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Randy Brecker & NDR Bigband
Rocks
Piloo Records & Productions LLC
2019

The easiest answer isn't always the best answer, but sometimes it is. So it's both easy and proper to point out that trumpet and flugelhorn master, composer, and bandleader Randy Brecker was kind enough ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazztopad 2015: World Premieres

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Jazztopad 2015: World Premieres
National Forum Of Music
jny:Wroclaw, Poland
November 27-29, 2015

November in Wroclaw means jazz. Ten days no less. Jazztopad, however, is more than just another jazz festival. A core component of the programme since Piotr Turkiewicz took up the reins as Artistic Director in 2008 ...

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Walter Kolosky: Power, Beauty and Passion - The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra

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Power, Passion and Beauty: The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra

Walter Kolosky

Pages: 325

ISBN:978-0-9761016-8-0

Self-published e-book

2012

Walter Kolosky's Power, Passion and Beauty: The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra (Abstract Logix Books, 2005) now finds its way into e-book format, which is good news for trees ...

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New Universe Music Festival: Day 2, November 21, 2010

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Day 1 | Day 2
The New Universe Music Festival
Raleigh, North Carolina
November 20-21, 2010

It's no small challenge to make a new festival viable, especially when it represents something of a niche within a niche. The attendance at the first day of the New Universe Music Festival was impressive enough, but ...

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New Universe Music Festival: Day 1, November 20, 2010

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Day 1 | Day 2
The New Universe Music Festival
Raleigh, North Carolina
November 20-21, 2010

With so many jazz festivals taking place around the world--and new ones emerging each and every year--just as it's become increasingly challenging, in this world of DIY recordings, for artists to filter through and be heard, how ...

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Ranjit Barot: Bada Boom

Read "Bada Boom" reviewed by John Kelman

He was the rhythmic center of John McLaughlin's Floating Point (Abstract Logix, 2008)--an album that found the fusion guitar great exploring his decades-long interest in an east/west nexus from the electrified and harmony-centric angle of the jazz tradition, rather than the opposing angle of his longstanding and largely acoustic Shakti and Remember Shakti groups, which weighed ...

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Remember Shakti: Remember Shakti

Read "Remember Shakti" reviewed by Walter Kolosky

In the mid-1970's many believed John McLaughlin had committed commercial suicide by abandoning electric instruments and Western sensibilities in favor of an all-acoustic group with Indian musicians. In fact, record sales for this group, Shakti, were quite disappointing. Sometimes though, a musician has to follow his muse. In this case, McLaughlin was led to create a ...

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Remember Shakti: Saturday Night in Bombay

Read "Saturday Night in Bombay" reviewed by Walter Kolosky

Last year's Saturday Night in Bombay suffers from a bit of confusion in the liner notes. They refer to a “certain Friday Night in San Francisco in 1978." That certain Friday night Jacques Denis was talking about, The Guitar Trio's Friday Night in San Francisco , actually took place in 1980. Liner note mistakes like that ...