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In the summer of 97, millions of people were beguiled by an Andy Summers guitar lick, just as they were regularly in the decade previous. A single by a certain rap impresario copped the Police's "Every Breath You Take," and the song's arresting power once again held sway at the top of the charts. Sure Sting wrote the sampled tune, but it was that tolling Andy riff that set it into enduring motion. Since 1986, when the Police left the stage as the biggest rock band in the world, Andy Summers has followed his own muse, cultivating the ambient and improvisatory streaks always evident in his distinctive soundprint

ARTICLE: RADIO

The (Jazz) Police

Read "The (Jazz) Police" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

September 2019 will mark the 40th anniversary of “Message in a Bottle," an auspicious opportunity to look back at the seminal work of The Police, through a jazz lens. With both Sting and Andy Summers coming to The Police with jazz in their background and Stewart Copeland being a master of polyrhythmic drumming it's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Soft Machine: Hidden Details

Read "Hidden Details" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Hidden Details celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of Soft Machine's 1968 eponymous debut, a seismic event in the British psychedelic, jazz and rock music landscapes that still reverbates as the Canterbury scene/sound. This anniversary studio celebration also brought about Soft Machine's first tour of North America since 1974, with several 2018 shows featuring Gary Husband as guest ...

Big Bands, Orchestras and Soft Machines

Read "Big Bands, Orchestras and Soft Machines" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Randy Brecker & NDR Bigband Rocks Piloo Records & Productions LLC 2019 The easiest answer isn't always the best answer, but sometimes it is. So it's both easy and proper to point out that trumpet and flugelhorn master, composer, and bandleader Randy Brecker was kind enough ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Soft Machine: Hidden Details

Read "Hidden Details" reviewed by John Kelman

Following a series of releases for Moonjune Records under the moniker Soft Machine Legacy, beginning with 2005's Live in Zaandam and concluding, most recently, with 2013's Burden of Proof, this quartet consisting largely of members from the classic Canterbury group Soft Machine has finally decided to drop the “Legacy" and go it with the original name ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Christy Doran: 144 Strings For A Broken Chord

Read "144 Strings For A Broken Chord" reviewed by Ian Patterson

In a long and distinguished career, Christy Doran has fronted or been a founding member of a number of important jazz-fusion / jazz-rock groups, from the seminal Swiss band OM in the early 1970s, to current outfits New Bag and Sound Fountain. His collaborations with some of the most important jazz artists on both sides of ...

Triboluminescence

Label: Cargo Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: If Anything; Triboluminescence; Adinkra; Elephant Bird; Shadyland; Haunted Dolls; Gigantopithecus; Pukul Bunye Bunye; Garden of the Sea.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Andy Summers: Creating Light from Dark

Read "Andy Summers: Creating Light from Dark" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Andy Summers is a renowned modern guitarist and composer. He is also an accomplished photographer and a traveler. While he may be better known for his achievements during his time in one of the most popular and beloved rock bands in music history, The Police, Summers, in his own memoir “One Train Later" and the music ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Shrieve's Spellbinder: Michael Shrieve's Spellbinder

Read "Michael Shrieve's Spellbinder" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer Michael Shrieve's Spellbinder is not your garden variety group. It's a beast of band that slams, seduces, grooves, jams, and rocks in high gear. Should we expect anything less from the rhythmic motor behind Santana? While Shrieve is best known as the driving force behind that legendary outfit, both in its original ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rik Wright's Fundamental Forces: Green

Read "Green" reviewed by Jack Gold-Molina

Rik Wright is a Seattle based guitarist inclined toward the styles of the fusion-esque rock of Andy Summers and John Abercrombie as much as the post bop stylings of Miles Davis and Charles Mingus. On this album, as with his previous two outings, he teams up with reeds and flautist James DeJoie, acoustic bassist Geoff Harper, ...


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