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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Shambhu: Soothing Guitar for Stressful Times

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The times we live in call for reflection and one of the ways of providing it is through music. Music can slow our lives down and make us live in the moment, but it can also connect people. Since he discovered music, guitarist and composer Shambhu Neil Vineberg has been on a journey that has seen ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mahavishnu Orchestra: Apocalypse

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Well, there's not much to say about the new release of Apocalypse. Well, not as much as many Mahavishnu fans had hoped; rumours of a long awaited and much needed remastering of this legendary album, making the rounds of the mailing lists were alas, premature. So what is this CD? Answer: it's the exact same, level-for-level ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Drum Legend Narada Michael Walden To Release New Full Length Album "Evolution" On Tarpan Records

Drum Legend Narada Michael Walden To Release New Full Length Album "Evolution" On Tarpan Records

Tarpan Records is pleased to announce the international release of Evolution the upcoming full-length album by Narada Michael Walden releasing on October 30th 2015. The albums’ first single, Billionaire On Soul Street, which was released on August 14th, 2015 and the forthcoming album represent a change of direction for Narada, one that brings him back to his roots in Dance and Club ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Light of the Supreme: Carlos Santana’s Devadip Trilogy

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To the casual music fan in 1971 Carlos Santana appeared as if he was on top of the world. His band's appearance at Woodstock two short years earlier, plus their cover of Fleetwood Mac's “Black Magic Woman" had catapulted him to stardom. Yet, behind the scenes, his band was splintering. Different musical and personal objectives, plus ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Bathed in Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond by Colin Harper

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Bathed in Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond
Colin Harper
480 Pages
ISBN: 978-1908279514
Jawbone
2014

Few guitarists in the history of jazz have leapt onto the scene the way John McLaughlin did when the relatively new British expat made two very different appearances on albums ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Tarpan Records Announces The Release Of Thunder 2013 By Grammy And Emmy Award Winning Multi-platinum Producer / Drum Legend Narada Michael Walden

Tarpan Records Announces The Release Of Thunder 2013 By Grammy And Emmy Award Winning Multi-platinum Producer / Drum Legend Narada Michael Walden

San Rafael, CA, - Tarpan Records is pleased to announce the national release of Thunder 2013, a new full length album by Narada Michael Walden on September 17th 2013. This release features new songs that span Rock, Fusion, Funk and even a ballad or two. This is the first worldwide official release by Narada Michael Walden on his new imprint Tarpan ...

NEWS: CAREER

Music Legend And Tarpan Records Founder Narada Michael Walden Announces Hiring Of New Label President Steffen Franz, CEO Of Independent Distribution Collective

Music Legend And Tarpan Records Founder Narada Michael Walden Announces Hiring Of New Label President Steffen Franz, CEO Of Independent Distribution Collective

San Rafael, CA, - Tarpan Records is pleased to announce that Steffen Franz is joining as company President. The announcement was made yesterday by Tarpan’s CEO and founder, Narada Michael Walden from the company’s headquarters in San Rafael, California. Franz is a longtime independent record label owner who started his own imprint Positive Sound Massive Recordings, a conscious Reggae record label in ...

Dewa Budjana: Dawai In Paradise

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Though Dawai In Paradise is the first U.S. release by guitarist Dewa Budjana, careful study of the liner notes indicates that the Bali native has been playing jazz at a very high level for quite some time. Listening to this polished gem of an album, it's readily apparent that Budjana is no neophyte. In fact, he's ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

John McLaughlin: Risk, Magic And Mystery

Read "John McLaughlin: Risk, Magic And Mystery" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Shortly after completing a successful European tour with the 4th Dimension, guitarist John McLaughlin has some time to put his well-traveled feet up at his home in Monaco and reflect on the evolution of this band, its second CD, Now Here This (Abstract Logix, 2012), and the mysteries of live performance. Yet, just two days before ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jeff Beck: Denver, April 15, 2011

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Jeff Beck
Paramount Theatre
Denver, Colorado
April 15, 2011

Jazz-rock fusion originally came from the jazz side,Miles Davis and his sidemen-turned-leaders--Weather Report, Return to Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra--but a few practitioners came at it from the rock side, emphasizing the rock angle a little more than the jazz guys. Jeff Beck is one of ...