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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine: Tasty Tunes

Read "Tasty Tunes" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Tasty Tunes is the fifth CD by Ira B. Liss' stalwart San Diego-based Jazz Machine, which was formed almost forty years ago, in 1979--a span that, when reckoned in big-band years, is much closer to a century or more. While other bands have come and gone the Jazz Machine has adamantly stayed the course, presenting dynamic ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Just Announced! The Dean Brown Band ROLAJAFUFU Fall Tour 2017

Just Announced! The Dean Brown Band ROLAJAFUFU Fall Tour 2017

TOUR DATES Nov 02: Bemowskie Centrum Kultury Warsaw, Poland
Nov 03: Jazz w muzeum Festival Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland
Nov 04: Vier Peh Stuttgart, Germany
Nov 05: Ronnie Scott’s London, United Kingdom
Nov 07: Master Class. University of Music Mannheim Mannheim, Germany
Nov 08 New Morning Paris, France ...

NEWS: RECORDING

For Your Grammy Consideration - Dean Brown's "ROLAJAFUFU"

For Your Grammy Consideration - Dean Brown's "ROLAJAFUFU"

Contemporary Instrumental Album: ROLAJAFUFU
Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “PHILLY MAN"
Best Instrumental Arrangement: “AND SO IT GOES"
Best Instrumental Composition: “OLD SOLDIERS" Guitarist and composer Dean Brown has always done things his way. Nowhere is that in greater evidence than on ROLAJAFUFU, his fifth album as a leader. The title ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Dean Brown Band To Tour Europe Fall 2016

Dean Brown Band To Tour Europe Fall 2016

Guitarist and composer Dean Brown has always done things his way. Nowhere is that in greater evidence than on ROLAJAFUFU, his fifth album as a leader. The title is a playful acronym that encompasses rock-Latin-jazz-funk- fusion, the universes Brown explores on this diverse, kinetic recording. Brown’s fiercely independent streak is also exemplified by the fact that this ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jazz-Rock Renegade Dean Brown Unleashes Expansive, All-Star Roller Coaster "ROLAJAFUFU"

Jazz-Rock Renegade Dean Brown Unleashes Expansive, All-Star Roller Coaster "ROLAJAFUFU"

Guitarist and composer Dean Brown has always done things his way. Nowhere is that in greater evidence than on ROLAJAFUFU, his fifth album as a leader. The title is a playful acronym that encompasses rock-latin- jazz-funk-fusion, the universes Brown explores on this diverse, kinetic recording. Brown’s fiercely independent streak is also exemplified by the fact that this ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Steve Smith: Drummer For All Seasons

Read "Steve Smith: Drummer For All Seasons" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Drummer Steve Smith has traced the history of jazz drumming--pretty much most of American music drumming--in his storied career that has seen him drive big bands, small jazz combos, and fiery fusion groups, including tenures with Jean Luc Ponty and the rock band Journey.

Though sometimes--as in the case of jazz-rock fusion--he was thrown ...

NEWS: EVENT

Billy Cobham's Spectrum 40 Spring USA Tour And CD Release, Spectrum 40 Live

Billy Cobham's Spectrum 40 Spring USA Tour And CD Release, Spectrum 40 Live

JAZZ FUSION VIRTUOSO BILLY COBHAM ANNOUNCES SPRING 2015 TOUR OF SPECTRUM 40 SHOW AND RELEASE OF LIVE CD World-class jazz fusion drummer Billy Cobham announces his Spring 2015 USA Spectrum 40 Tour, in conjunction with the release of the double CD recording, Spectrum 40 Live. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Cobham’s breakthrough album, Spectrum—widely regarded as one of the genre’s most ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

Jan Rivera's "Advanced Rhythmic Concepts For Guitar" -- Foreword By Alex Machacek

Jan Rivera's "Advanced Rhythmic Concepts For Guitar"  -- Foreword By Alex Machacek

An in-depth study on Metric Modulation, Polyrhythms and Polymeters Jan Rivera's Advanced Rhythmic Concepts for Guitar is a step by step guide through the process of identifying, dissecting, constructing, practicing and applying: Metric Modulations, Polyrhythms, “Ratio” Polyrhythms, Polyrhythm Divisions/Polyrhythms within Polyrhythms, Intrinsic Polymeters, Extrinsic Polymeters, Polymetric Accompaniment, and Polymetric Improvisation. "I wish I'd had this book 20 years ago." —ALEX MACHACEK ("NOW" ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Ira B. Liss: It's About Time

Read "Ira B. Liss: It's About Time" reviewed by Jack Bowers

So are there any first-rate big bands worth hearing in California outside of the Los Angeles area? So happy you asked. As a matter of fact, San Diego is solidly entrenched in that position thanks to the superb Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine which, coincidentally, has recorded a spectacular new album, It's About Time. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Stephan Sieber & Signs Releases "Her Song"

Stephan Sieber & Signs Releases "Her Song"

Swiss Musician/Composer Stephan Sieber has released his new album that features some unique musicians in a wonderful sonic setting. Signs was founded by Swiss drummer/composer Stephan Sieber in 1986. His intention was to create a laboratory where he could develop his musical language. The original cast were the American tenor- saxophonist Dave Peterson, German pianist Frieder Lang on ...