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Joe Zawinul: Faces and Places

Read "Faces and Places" reviewed by Kris Perdew

It is reassuring and life-affirming to hear in Faces and Places, a return to form for Joe Zawinul at age 70. On this album, the Austrian-born keyboardist revisits many of the themes he originally unveiled with his famous collective Weather Report three decades ago. On this exceptional set, Zawinul is joined by Cameroonian bassist and singer ...

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Steve Khan: Backlog

Read "Backlog" reviewed by James Nadal

In what could best be described as an enduring exploration, Steve Khan has undertaken the role of expanding and redefining the role of the guitar in the hybrid genre of Latin Jazz. Backlog continues with the concept established as far back as 2005 on The Green Field (Tone Center), in the transformation of straight-ahead jazz compositions ...

Backlog

Label: ESC Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Criss Cross; Conceptious In C; Latin Genetics; Our Town; Head Start; Rojo; Invisible; Emily; Go Home; Catta.

Mahavishnu Redefined: A Tribute to John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra

Label: ESC Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: CD1: Celestial Terrestrial Commuters (Gary Husband); Dding Dek (Nguyên Lê); Thousand Island Park (Mitchel Forman); Guardian Angels (Pascal Bournet); Eternity's Breath Pt. 1 + 2 (HR Big Band feat. Billy Cobham); Some Timeless (Ron Thaler); Sanctuary (Mahavishnu Project); In All Her Finery (Jim Beard); JM (Pete McCann); A Lotus on Irish Streams (John Stowell); Visions of Fire (Trinity Xperiment); The Wish (Lucas Pickford & Steve Hunt); The Same Day (Gustavo Assis-Brasil). CD2: Trilogy (Wild Strings Quartet); Way Down (John Bruschini); Meeting of the Spirits (radio.string.quartet.vienna); Paris on Mine (Dennis Chambers); Do You Hear the Voices You Left Behind (Göran Klinghagen Trio); La Mere De La Mer / Smile of the Beyond (Mahavishnu Project String Quartet); Would you like to dance? (Vic Stevens); John's Blues (Kimo Williams & Kimotion); Open Country Joy (Pascal Bournet & Enrique Alberti); One Word (Gianfranco Continenza); Song to John (Mads Tolling); Cosmic Strut (Richard Smith).

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Various Artists: Mahavishnu Redefined: A Tribute to John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra

Read "Mahavishnu Redefined: A Tribute to John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra" reviewed by John Kelman

With guitar icon John McLaughlin's greater visibility, thanks to recent tours with his 4th Dimension group and Five Peace Band collaboration with pianist Chick Corea, there's been a flurry of reassessment of his vast and vital output as a repertory source. Drummer Gregg Bendian's Mahavishnu Project delivered first-time performances with Return to the Emerald Beyond (Cuneiform, ...

Free Speech

Label: ESC Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: Free Speech; Happenstance; Modulator; Nebula; Rule and Divide; Out on a Limb.

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Ahmad Mansour: Free Speech

Read "Free Speech" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Iranian-American Ahmad Mansour has been stirring things as a modern jazz guitarist bent towards the edgier side. With heavy does of rock, jam-band and an attitude that shakes it all up, Free Speech is an introduction to his music in a live setting. Recorded in Europe in 2006, the recording finds Mansour in ...

Dante's View

Label: ESC Records
Released: 2007

String Theory

Label: ESC Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: Boo Jee Woo Gee; Finnigan's Dream; Milesaway; Transplacement of the Underbearing; SieraRiviera; Healing and Revealing; Reminiscence; Tangashaka; Gem; Footprints (live).

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Prophetz of Time and Space: String Theory

Read "String Theory" reviewed by John Kelman

Steve Vasconcellos sure knows how to pick them. With a core group including legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra violinist Jerry Goodman, Weather Report drummer Leon “Ndugu Chancler, in-demand LA saxophone ace Brandon Fields and Miles Davis percussionist Munyungo Jackson, the bassist's five year-old Prophetz of Time and Space has plenty of potential as an approachable but uncompromising contemporary ...


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