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Jan Sturiale: Roadmaps

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Italian born, New York-based guitarist Jan Sturiale wastes no time on his latest record, Roadmaps; from the first notes of the opener it's evident that everyone on the record, which was cut in just one day, came ready to push the compositions to their limits. Sturiale writes tunes that are complex, but they develop organically and ...


Patrick Grant: A Sequence of Waves (Twelve Stories and a Dream)

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Multi-instrumentalist and composer Patrick Grant's music can be difficult to classify. This is probably, at least to a degree, intentional. The NYU film school professor and multiple-time ASCAP Plus Award winner was a long time member of the legendary Robert Fripp's Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists and has scored multiple theater and dance companies' projects.


Shrek Is Love: Vol. 1 - This Is My Swamp

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It's hard to know where to begin with Shrek Is Love. Their sense of humor and dedication to the Shrek theme could be a completely separate topic of discussion, leaving aside the music. Though this review intends to focus on the compositions and playing, their unique backstory warrants at least a mention.

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Saul Losada: Energy - Saul Losada

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Los Angeles, and Hollywood in particular, is heavily saturated with artists and musicians carving a niche for themselves. Of the many electric guitarists that call the greater L.A. area home, it's more difficult than not to find one that has not in some way been influenced by giants like Jimi Hendrix. Few, however, try to make ...


Joan Torres's All Is Fused: Of The Musical

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Bassist Joan Torres's journey as a musician led him to many interesting places. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he gravitated towards bass at an early age and attended several Berklee College of Music programs as a high school student. It was through one of these that Torres met world-renowned bassist Oscar Stagnaro, whom he counts ...


Logan Metz: The Last Remaining Payphone in L.A.

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There aren't many young players around actively channeling the powerful feel of New Orleans musicians like Doctor John, let alone doing it convincingly. This doesn't describe Chicago based musician/composer Logan Metz fairly, though. His danceable, joyful music has that same spirit, but it draws on too many influences to be so quickly categorized. Not too surprising, ...

Dan Costa: Suite Três Rios

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The rich musical history of Brazilian music parallels the development of jazz in the United States' in many ways. At the same time, the two informed and influenced each other as they matured. Brazilian legends like Antonio Carlos Jobim and Dori Caymmi are remembered for their influence on the development of Bossa Nova, and Jobim, like ...


John Daversa Big Band at The Baked Potato

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John Daversa Big Band
The Baked Potato
Los Angeles, CA
May 29, 2016

It's a rarity to find a modern big band dedicated to playing original music in Los Angeles; home to some of the world's most talented musicians and entertainers, pretty much every style of music imaginable is represented here, ...

Mac Gollehon: Mac Gollehon & The Hispanic Mechanics

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It's not often you hear of Miles Davis complementing trumpet players, but apparently prolific studio player Mac Gollehon was one of the rare exceptions. Nicknamed “chops" by the jazz icon (according to myth anyway), Gollehon has a very impressive resume; arranging and playing lead trumpet on over 500 gold/platinum records, he worked with big names like ...


Jim Wellman: Dawn to Dusk

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Jim Wellman, multi-instrumentalist and co-founding member of acid jazz outfit the Brand New Heavies, was all but done working in music when the idea for his latest release, Dawn to Dusk, gripped him and wouldn't let him go. According to him, after witnessing certain world events, in particular events in Ukraine, he “felt he had to ...