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John McLaughlin: John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring - Live in San Francisco

Read "John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring - Live in San Francisco" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

If you're a concert-goer of a certain age (and ilk), 2017 and early 2018 have proven fairly remarkable. Whether “last waltzes," overdue reunions or just plain old-school tenacity, many titans and heroes of the jazz-rock/prog era--such as Brand X, King Crimson, Soft Machine and The Dixie Dregs--have been making the rounds in some major markets and ...

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John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension: Live at Ronnie Scott's

Read "Live at Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Music has taken him and his guitar to some of the most exotic far reaches of the world, but Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club will always have a special place in John McLaughlin's heart. His mid-1960s time in the famous jny: London venue's house band was a key early step in his musical life, and he idly ...

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Maverick Guitarist Wayne Krantz Announces Fall Tour With 2x Salvation

Maverick Guitarist Wayne Krantz Announces Fall Tour With 2x Salvation

Wayne Krantz, the innovative and improvisational guitarist, announces his FALL 2016 US “Undercover Pop Tour." This time out Krantz brings his unique sensibilities to the works of a wide cross-section of musicians: Sonic Youth, Talib Kweli & Mos Def, Paul McCartney, Ryuichi Nakamoto, Jethro Tull and others. Taking two different bands on the road for this ...

Scott Kinsey: Near Life Experience

Read "Near Life Experience" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been a full decade since Scott Kinsey last released an album under his own name (the 2006 Abstract Logix debut, Kinesthetics) and, if anything, Near Life Experience manages to trump actually its predecessor in both ambition and Kinsey's significant cast of invited contributors. Near Life Experience also continues to hone the cinematic keyboardist's increasingly expansive, ...

(Living the Dream)

Read "(Living the Dream)" reviewed by John Kelman

While he's been living in Los Angeles for many years, Alex Machacek clearly values longterm musical relationships. While the majority of his recordings for the Raleigh, NC-based Abstract Logix imprint have seen the Austrian-born guitarist working with the likes of Jeff Sipe, Matthew Garrison, Neal Fountain and Gary Husband, his 2005 label debut, [sic], was notable--beyond ...

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John Mclaughlin To Release "Black Light" This Fall

John Mclaughlin To Release "Black Light" This Fall

“I have explored ways in music and recorded them with happiness. 'Black Light' has opened a portal that is neither Jazz nor Rock, nor Indian nor Blues, and yet all of these: it's an open door." As a musician, composer, and bandleader, John McLaughlin's vast contributions to contemporary improvisational music are only just beginning to be fully understood, appreciated, and absorbed by ...

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Legendary Improv-Rock-Jazz Pioneers Col. Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit To Reunite For Limited Tour Dates This Summer

Legendary Improv-Rock-Jazz Pioneers Col. Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit To Reunite For Limited Tour Dates This Summer

Special 2015 edition of beloved absurdist jam-driven outfit to feature Col. Bruce Hampton alongside original members Oteil Burbridge, Jimmy Herring, and Jeff Sipe Referred to in a recent Relix feature as “The Jamband Velvet Underground,” the influential dada-jam trailblazers Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit will return to rattle the landscape this summer with a series of live performances – than band’s ...

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Jeff Sipe Trio: Jeff Sipe Trio featuring Mike Seal and Taylor Lee

Read "Jeff Sipe Trio featuring Mike Seal and Taylor Lee" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Drummer Jeff Sipe was a member of Colonel Bruce Hampton's Aquarium Rescue Unit and has played with many other musicians. But probably his most visible association was the power trio with Jonas Hellborg and Shawn Lane, followed by a more recent trio with guitarist Alex Machacek. So he is clearly very comfortable in an improvising rock/jazz ...

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Wayne Krantz 2015 World Tour Announced!

Wayne Krantz 2015 World Tour Announced!

Known for his uncompromising musical vision, unique rhythms and deep reserves of soul, guitarist Wayne Krantz ventures beyond the guitar’s limitations to create an identifiably original style and sound. On the heels of a sold-out Ronnie Scott’s show in jny: London, Krantz sets to embark on his Good Piranha/Bad Piranha World tour, starting on February 11th ...

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Wayne Krantz: Good Piranha Bad Piranha

Read "Good Piranha Bad Piranha" reviewed by Ian Patterson

If Wayne Krantz seemed to be embracing vocals on Krantz Carlock Lefebvre (Abstract Logix, 2009), where he sang on a third of the tracks, then the transition seemed complete on Howie 61 (Abstract Logix, 2012), where he sang on eight of the ten tracks, with the guitar--at least as an improvisational tool--taking a back seat to ...