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Gary Husband: A Meeting of Spirits: Interpretations of the Music of John McLaughlin

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As a followup to his remarkable The Things I See: Interpretations of the Music of Allan Holdsworth (Angel Air, 2001), veteran drummer/keyboardist Gary Husband tackles another guitar legend on A Meeting of Spirits. Both records are wonderful solo piano tributes to their sources' distinctive compositional skills and harmonic innovations. But Husband's latest effort takes the concept ...

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Jason Smith: Think Like This

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Sometimes you have to get beyond the biases suggested by an artist's past experience. Drummer Jason Smith has been a busy west coast session player on soundtracks and pop records by artists like Enrique Iglesias. Not exactly a pedigree bound to generate excitement on the jazz front. Still, he's also worked with Mike Keneally, the guitarist ...

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Allan Holdsworth: Against the Clock: The Best of Allan Holdsworth

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It's rare enough to find artists who have developed a voice so unique that they can be recognized within the space of a few notes. Rarer still are those who have evolved such a distinctive vernacular that their music can be identified without them personally playing a single note. Scarcer still are those who can work ...

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Riptyde: Sonic Undertow

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Sonic Undertow is the culmination of nearly ten years of occasional studio finagling by multi-instrumentalist Chris Hoard, also one half of the team that runs the fledgling Alternity Records, which made its mark last year with its first release, Then! , an archival live release from '90 by guitar phenom Allan Holdsworth. Upon reading the liner ...

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Allan Holdsworth Group: Then!

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Recorded twelve years before his latest release, the similarly-live All Night Wrong , and at the same location in Tokyo, guitarist Allan Holdsworth demonstrates that while he's come a long way in the ensuing years, there's absolutely no reason not to look back at archival material such as this and stand in awe of a stylist ...