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Michael Landau: The Guitarist's Guitarist

Read "Michael Landau: The Guitarist's Guitarist" reviewed by Jim Worsley

"He is the best guitarist in the world," states guitarist and Grammy winner Steve Lukather. Indeed, Michael Landau is an important figure in the modern era and one of the most widely respected guitar players on the planet.

Landau made his mark as an A list session player in the '80s and '90s. He ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Steve Gadd Band At Lavanderia A Vapore In Collegno

Read "Steve Gadd Band At Lavanderia A Vapore In Collegno" reviewed by Carlo Mogavero

The performance by the Steve Gadd Band at Lavanderia a Vapore in Collegno (Turin), was one of the most remarkable concerts organized in Piedmont during these first three and a half months of 2018. The band included Steve Gadd, Kevin Hays, Jimmy Johnson, Michael Landau and Walt Fowler and the sold out show featured mostly original ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Don Preston / Jeff Boynton / Philip Mantione: TriAngular Bent

Read "TriAngular Bent" reviewed by Dave Wayne

A lot of artists Don Preston's age, with a similar musical pedigree, are revered as “national treasures." For whatever reason, this hasn't yet happened for the veteran sonic explorer, still going strong after 84 years on the planet. Perpetually a “Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition," he's most frequently remembered for his groundbreaking work with Frank Zappa. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Gadd Band: 70 Strong

Read "70 Strong" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Since the 70s, Steve Gadd has pretty much seen it and done it all, and recognized as one of the most influential drummers of the modern era, spanning numerous musical genres. His slippery cross-sticking between the hi-hat and snare drum amid new ways and means to generate a funk groove, along with his famous drum solo ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Gadd Band: Gadditude

Read "Gadditude" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer Steve Gadd, the man responsible for some of the most memorable grooves and explosive drum solos on record, is often looked at as a perpetual sideman and session giant. Over the past four decades he's laid down the rhythmic law for everybody from Steely Dan to James Taylor and Chick Corea to Paul Simon, but ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Michael Landau Group: Organic Instrumentals

Read "Organic Instrumentals" reviewed by John Kelman

What do Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Neil Diamond have in common? Well, aside from being amongst the more important singer/songwriters of the past forty years, they've all recruited Michael Landau at one time or another. Between hundreds of recordings and plenty of high profile tours, it's more than a little surprising that the guitarist hasn't ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Luis Conte: En Casa De Luis

Read "En Casa De Luis" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Luis Conte may not be a household name, but anybody with access to music in the past thirty years has probably heard his playing. Conte has served as the percussion colorist of choice for the musical elite and, with appearances on hundreds of albums that touch on virtually every genre, from jazz to pop to film ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Judy Wexler: Under A Painted Sky

Read "Under A Painted Sky" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Few singers would dare dive into music associated with Johnny Mathis, Carmen McRae, Abbey Lincoln and the 1962 film, The Music Man, on the same album; even fewer would be able to pull it off as vocalist Judy Wexler does on Under A Painted Sky. Wexler possesses a voice for the ages, and puts it to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael O’Neill: Michael O’Neill

Read "Michael O’Neill" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz

When Michael O'Neill isn't touring with George Benson he does his thing and Touch the Past is his thing. For this Yamaha-sponsored guitarist, the recording is a compliment to the so-called Blue Note era of jazz. His radio-friendly songs, however, don't seem to dwell much in the past, and are very much in the here and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Clinco: Neon

Read "Neon" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

As a first-call support artist, you must be an adaptable and, of course, knowledgeable player, possessing a broad musical vernacular. Guitarist Mike Clinco transmits these attributes on his 2009 release, featuring a top-flight ensemble of proven jazz veterans. It's easy to discern why Clinco has been summoned to perform with vocalists Bobby McFerrin and Natalie Cole ...