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ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Dave Weckl: The Cymbal of Excellence

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Attention to details and impeccable standards coupled with a desirous curiosity and a wealth of talent have served Dave Weckl well. The savvy and astute musician has meticulously traversed the jazz and fusion world over the past few decades. Weckl is on a very short list when the topic of drumming icons is broached. Perhaps best ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Oytun Ersan: Fusiolicious

Read "Fusiolicious" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Bass prodigy Oytun Ersan is a Turkish Cypriot based in Nicosia, North Cyprus He's performed or collaborated with a host of jazz stars including Wycliffe Gordon, Mitchel Forman and drummer Dave Weckl who's featured on this high voltage fusion album.

On the frenetic opener, “Oh, That Butterfly!" there's are coruscating solos from Eric Marienthal, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Duncan Eagles: Citizen

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Citizen is London-based saxophonist Duncan Eagle's first album under his own name and follows his signing to the burgeoning U.S. label Ropeadope. His other major vehicle is the band Partikel whose eponymously titled debut album was released in 2010 followed by three more critically acclaimed recordings for the Whirlwind label, Cohesion (2013), String Theory (2015) and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Allan Holdsworth: Live in Japan 1984

Read "Live in Japan 1984" reviewed by John Kelman

The loss of Allan Holdsworth in the spring of 2017 remains the passing of one of the most distinctive and innovative guitarists of the past half century. Born in the U.K in 1946, but moving to the U.S.A. in the early '80s, most who are familiar with Holdsworth's work also know how vastly influential he became, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

FAT: #awesome

Read "#awesome" reviewed by John Kelman

While the appropriately titled #awesome represents Alex Machacek's third album in six years with his (similarly witty and self-effacingly monikered) FAT (Fabulous Austrian Trio), this trifecta of virtuosic Austrian musicians goes much further back. Both bassist Raphael Preuschl and drummer Herbert Pirker appeared on roughly half of the expat-Austrian/Los Angeles-based guitarist's acclaimed 2006 Abstract Logix debut, ...

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Oytun Ersan

Oytun Ersan is a Turkish Cypriot bassist, composer and recording artist best known for his soulful grooves, technique and melodic Jazz Fusion compositions. At the early age of 15, Oytun joined the International Nicosia Municipality Orchestra as a saxophone and bass player where he is still working for the last 20+ years. Oytun has performed and collaborated with a range of acclaimed artists including trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, trumpeter Rex Richardson, Nigerian singer/songwriter Ola Onabule, Bob Franceschini, Mitch Forman and many others. He released his second Jazz Fusion album Fusiolicious in April 2018

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Brilliant Corners 2018

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Brilliant Corners 2018
Black Box
jny: Belfast, N. Ireland
March 3-10, 2018

Compared to Dublin or cities in the UK, Belfast is usually overlooked when jazz groups tour. When the likes of Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd, Ahmad Jamal, Keith Jarrett or Brad Mehldau come to Ireland it's usually a one-stop ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary

Read "Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

More than any other person, Leonardo Pavkovic has made me write some crazy shit.

Pavkovic is the primal force behind the joyously eclectic MoonJune Records, which he established in 2001. “Established" may not be the right word: “I am truly an unusual and rules breaking call-it-record-company with a 'label' identity despite the fact that ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

John McLaughlin on the Mystery of Creativity, Inspiration, & Music

Read "John McLaughlin on the Mystery of Creativity, Inspiration, & Music" reviewed by Alan Bryson

Improvised music within a sophisticated framework is one if the primary hallmarks of jazz. World class improvisation requires split second reactions, mental agility, dexterity, and the emotive soul of an artist. As a testament to his age defying vitality, on January 29, 2018 at the age of 76, John McLaughlin won a Grammy® Award for the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Meeting of the Spirits: John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring at the Michigan Theater

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Jimmy Herring and The Invisible Whip + John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension
Meeting of the Spirits Tour
Michigan Theater
Ann Arbor, Michigan
November 15, 2017

When it comes to virtuosi, guitarist John McLaughlin ranks high in the jazz fusion world. Having the early fortune to connect with legendary drummer ...