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Allan Holdsworth is widely regarded by fans and contemporary musicians as one of the 20 th century's most prominent guitarists. He is one of a handful of musicians who has consistently proven himself as an innovator in between and within the worlds of rock and jazz music. Many of music's best-known instrumental masters cite Holdsworth as that rare and shining voice—a legendary player who continues to push the outer limits of instrumental technique and the electric guitar's range of tonal and textural possibilities. Particularly during the 90s, Holdsworth has enjoyed the recognition so many musicians strongly feel he deserves, given that he has developed his career outside the big label mainstream and has consistently produced his own recordings with complete creative control since the mid-80s

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Arie Salma

Read "Take Five with Arie Salma" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Arie Salma Pianist/keyboardist/composer Arie Salma is a versatile musician who focuses on Jazz-Fusion music, many times with World influences. Born to Spanish parents in Israel, Arie was exposed to elements of flamenco, Latin, African and Mediterranean music, which he likes blending with his Jazz playing and compositions. Arie was introduced to Jazz as ...

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Article: Interview

Cameron Graves: Inventing Thrash-Jazz

Read "Cameron Graves: Inventing Thrash-Jazz" reviewed by Scott Krane


Pianist and composer, Cameron Graves, arrived on the scene in his late teens and early twenties, possessing a proclivity for classical music, an unquenchable passion for heavy metal, and a jazz sensibility and lexicon of musicality. According to the website of Mack Avenue Records, the label that signed Graves and put out his debut solo release, ...

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Article: Album Review

Skuli Sverrisson with Bill Frisell: Strata

Read "Strata" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Approda finalmente in formato digitale (CD e piattaforme di streaming) l'album frutto della recente collaborazione tra il bassista islandese Skúli Sverrisson e il chitarrista Bill Frisell, già precedentemente pubblicato nel 2018 esclusivamente su vinile in una edizione a tiratura limitata per collezionisti andata rapidamente esaurita nonostante il prezzo non propriamente a buon mercato. Ora che il ...

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Article: Top Ten List

Top Jazz-Rock Fusion Recordings

Read "Top Jazz-Rock Fusion Recordings" reviewed by Douglas Groothuis


The emergence of jazz-rock fusion in American music in the late 1960s was controversial. To some, those who played it were traitors to the cause of jazz. Others thought it has saved jazz from extinction. Sometime in the 1960s, rock had eclipsed jazz in popularity in America, and many jazz aficionados were none too happy about ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid

Read "Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid" reviewed by Jim Worsley


From the outset, the equation was simple enough. Jazz + rock = fusion. However, whether it was Miles Davis, Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin, or any of the pioneers of fusion, the music has always been far from simplistic. Musical depth has long been the trademark of a genre that has been through many incarnations and traversed ...

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Alan Pasqua: Day Dream

Read "Day Dream" reviewed by Jim Worsley


When you hear that Alan Pasqua has put out a new record, the first thought--other than perhaps happiness--is what genre are we talking about? Pasqua has worn many hats in his career. To his credit, he looks quite fashionable in any of them. Maybe you think of fusion Pasqua, who mixed it up with the genre's ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Andrea Balestra: A Rich Sicilian Odyssey

Read "Andrea Balestra:  A Rich Sicilian Odyssey" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Guitarist Andrea Balestra makes a cerebral investment with every note he plays and with all of his compositions. A lot of guitarists like to jam. Balestra isn't one of them. Substance is preferred over droning speed. His highly intensified music is born of traditional Italian music...being from Sicily perhaps a factor...a deep integration of blues, a ...

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Article: Radio

New and recent releases in jazz fusion

Read "New and recent releases in jazz fusion" reviewed by Len Davis


Today we feature the new album from Steve Hunt Connections, which features many superb musicians. Steve has not released many albums of his own over the years, but has worked with many great musicians all around the world including Allan Holdsworth and Virgil Donati also music from guitarist Scott Jones from his album Fictional Characters, Oz ...

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Article: BackTracks

Five From Four

Read "Five From Four" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


Welcome to the inaugural edition of BackTracks, where we look back at some notable albums that were somehow absent from All About Jazz's extensive 50,000 plus review archive (or are just plain worthy of another look). For the first installment we have five guitar-led projects from four artists that somehow got by us (but needn't get ...


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