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NEWS: RECORDING

DarWin Releases Debut Concept Album Origin Of Species Internationally Featuring Drum Legend Simon Phillips

DarWin Releases Debut Concept Album Origin Of Species Internationally Featuring Drum Legend Simon Phillips

Welcome to the near-future: the world of DarWin. An intricate musical fantasy concept that launched in November 2018 in the UK only with the ambitious single release of “Escape The Maze,” followed by the full length album Origin Of Species. The album is now available internationally on all major digital distribution platforms, with an epic cinematic video ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matt Mayhall: Tropes

Read "Tropes" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Tropes. Una meravigliosa avventura sonora. Nonché album di debutto del batterista, multistrumentista e compositore losangelino Matt Mayhall. Nome forse ai più sconosciuto ma con un lasciapassare che parla da solo, batterista nelle ultime sedute di registrazione di Charlie Haden! Anche se l'esperienza che marca decisamente la formazione musicale è quella negli Spain gruppo che miscela rock, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

BKO Quintet: Bamako Today

Read "Bamako Today" reviewed by James Nadal

While most musicians have the convenience of being in a relaxed atmosphere while preparing to produce a record, this was not the situation for the members of the BKO Quintet. Amidst the revolutionary turmoil which embroiled Mali in late 2012 to the brink of civil war, they maintained focused on their musical endeavor, albeit with a ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Mark Guiliana: Beat Poet Of A Different Sort

Read "Mark Guiliana: Beat Poet Of A Different Sort" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer Mark Guiliana's work has nothing to do with benzedrine, berets, William S. Burroughs and the like; he's a beat poet of a different sort, shrewdly dissecting and interpreting the language of rhythm in real-time. Guiliana is one of the few drummers who can successfully and creatively straddle and blur the electro-acoustic dividing line, and he's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Larry Carlton / Tak Matsumoto: Take Your Pick

Read "Take Your Pick" reviewed by John Kelman

It's a shame that artists' careers are reduced to oversimplifications of who they are and what they're capable of. Guitarist Larry Carlton, for example--despite releasing kick-ass blues-centric records like Sapphire Blue (Bluebird, 2004) and, more recently, the exciting yet unfailingly tasty Live in Tokyo (335 Records, 2007), not to mention delivering iconic solos on Steely Dan ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Larry Carlton: Greatest Hits Recorded Volume One

Read "Greatest Hits Recorded Volume One" reviewed by John Kelman

Since emerging as a ubiquitous session ace--his sweet tone and lyrical bent creating some of the 1970s' most definitive guitar solos for artists including The Crusaders, Steely Dan and Joni Mitchell--Larry Carlton has combined unerring melodic instincts and stunning harmonic knowledge into a discography as accessible as it is deep. For some, he's veered too close ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Larry Carlton With Special Guest Robben Ford: Live in Tokyo

Read "Live in Tokyo" reviewed by John Kelman

With blues/jazz guitarist Robben Ford's Soul on Ten (Concord, 2009) receiving widespread attention, it's a good time to look at Live in Tokyo, a somewhat overlooked but unmistakably smokin' 2007 release from another West Coast guitar god, Larry Carlton. Carlton invited Ford to join his band for some dates in Tokyo in the fall of 2006, ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Shogun Warrior to Record Live at the Baked Potato

Shogun Warrior to Record Live at the Baked Potato

The jam band Shogun Warrior, celebrating six years of playing the first weekend of every month at L.A.'s famed Baked Potato, will be recording live for two nights at the legendary club on December 6th and 7th.

The band features founder Mike Elizondo on bass, who produced Rilo Kiley and Maroon 5, as well as co-writing ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Babko: Mondo Trio

Read "Mondo Trio" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Stepping out of the confines of the house-band on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live Show, keyboardist Jeff Babko recruits drumming legend Vinnie Colaiuta and Bela Fleck's saxophonist Jeff Coffin to record Mondo Trio,(Abstract Logix, 2007) his first effort as leader. The nine original tunes deftly mix up elements of prog-rock/fusion, funk, plus jazz, and it makes for ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Babko: Mondo Trio

Read "Mondo Trio" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

These eminent session gurus roll up their sleeves and let the good times roll on this power-packed and rather idiosyncratic studio session. Multifaceted keyboard artist Jeff Babko pulls out the proverbial stops here with saxophonist Jeff Coffin (Béla Fleck & The Flecktones) and all-universe drummer Vinnie Colaiuta. Nonetheless, the musicians let their respective chops fly during ...