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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bob James: Piano Player

Read "Bob James: Piano Player" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

In a career that spans about five decades, Bob James has made an impact on a variety of musical genres. His roots are in jazz, but he has run the gamut from playing avant-garde jazz on the outer fringes--which he was doing when discovered by Quincy Jones--to composing and arranging for a variety of people in ...

Jazz Funk Soul (Loeb, Harp & Lorber): More Serious Business

Read "More Serious Business" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Let's get two things out of the way first. First thing is Jazz Funk Soul is an awful name for a band. It sounds like the way records were categorized in a record store back in the Dark Ages when such things as record stores existed. Second thing is the second Jazz Funk Soul joint, More ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Fourplay: Silver

Read "Silver" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Any band in any genre of music, be it rock, country, classical or jazz can't make it two and a half decades based solely on pure dumb luck. Fourplay defied the critics who dismissed them as pop schlock when they debuted in 1991 and shook off the haters who never thought they would still be here ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Eric Marienthal and Chuck Loeb: Bridges

Read "Bridges" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

What happens when the guy manning the guitar seat in Fourplay meets up with the erstwhile sax guy for the Jeff Lorber Fusion? More than what you might expect. In fact, Eric Marienthal (the sax guy) and Chuck Loeb (the guitar guy) both defy and go beyond expectations on the surprisingly eclectic and entertaining Bridges. Marienthal ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Catching Up With Nathan East

Catching Up With Nathan East

Nathan East is one of the world’s premiere session musicians. He’s perhaps best known as Eric Clapton’s favorite bassist, but that’s also Nathan East on Michael Jackson’s Bad and Daft Punk’s recent Grammy winning album. Of course he’s a founding member of the highly successful jazz group Fourplay. Some of his other credits include: Anita Baker, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2013 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival: Ottawa, Canada, June 21-26, 2013

Read "2013 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival: Ottawa, Canada, June 21-26, 2013" reviewed by John Kelman

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada
June 20-July 1, 2013
Having made the decision, in 2012, to broaden its stylistic purview to include not only music on the periphery of jazz, but artists with no real connection to the founding raison d'être of the festival, the 2013 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival continued to bring extracurricular music ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Larry Carlton & Robben Ford "Unplugged"

Larry Carlton & Robben Ford "Unplugged"

The New Morning club in Paris presents the incredible - and long awaited - pairing of two guitar giants for their first Unplugged show. Imagine: Larry Carlton and Special Guest Robben Ford, two legendary guitarists... one stage unplugged... a guitar lover’s dream! This unique pairing of two all-time great guitar legends delivers an unforgettable evening of ...

NEWS: EVENT

10 Years Of Tradition: Earl Klugh's Weekend Of Jazz At The Broadmoor!

10 Years Of Tradition: Earl Klugh's Weekend Of Jazz At The Broadmoor!

Grammy Award-Winning Artist Earl Klugh Returns This April! Colorado Springs, Colo. (January 14, 2013) – For a 10th straight season, GRAMMY-winning guitarist Earl Klugh hosts his Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor featuring exceptional musicians and performances, along with unique culinary and wine experiences. This April 4-6, join Earl Klugh and The Broadmoor to celebrate 10 years of ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Fourplay: Esprit De Four

Read "Fourplay: Esprit De Four" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Fourplay

Esprit De Four

Heads Up International

2012

Bands don't last over two decades with minimal turnover in personnel and continued success if they're composed of egotists, prima donnas, drama queens or people that just don't play nice together. Fourplay has endured and thrived because it is an egalitarian coalition of seasoned ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bertram Turetzky: Contrabass Pioneer

Read "Bertram Turetzky: Contrabass Pioneer" reviewed by Robert Bush

Contrabassist Bertram Turetzky's career is nothing short of extraordinary. He almost single handedly redefined the role of the bass in 20th Century classical music, from one of back row support to that of featured and celebrated soloist. Even within the confines of classical music, Turetzky's range is huge: he is a master of early, pre- Bach ...