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Jeff Babko's varied musical interests have influenced his diverse endeavors over the years. From fulfilling his duties as keyboardist and arranger at ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," to his innovative orginal groups and supporting work for many recording artists, as well as extensive work in TV and film, Jeff has become one of Los Angeles' busiest keyboardists. A native of Southern California, Jeff studied privately at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts while still in high school. Collecting all styles of used vinyl, Jeff also developed a strong interest in pop/rock FM radio, as well as jazz and fusion music. After high school, Jeff went across the country to attend the University of Miami School of Music, and quickly became one of South Florida's hardest working musicians as well

NEWS: RECORDING

DarWin Releases Debut Concept Album Origin Of Species Internationally Featuring Drum Legend Simon Phillips

DarWin Releases Debut Concept Album Origin Of Species Internationally Featuring Drum Legend Simon Phillips

Welcome to the near-future: the world of DarWin. An intricate musical fantasy concept that launched in November 2018 in the UK only with the ambitious single release of “Escape The Maze,” followed by the full length album Origin Of Species. The album is now available internationally on all major digital distribution platforms, with an epic cinematic ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Matt Mayhall: Tropes

Read "Tropes" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Tropes. Una meravigliosa avventura sonora. Nonché album di debutto del batterista, multistrumentista e compositore losangelino Matt Mayhall. Nome forse ai più sconosciuto ma con un lasciapassare che parla da solo, batterista nelle ultime sedute di registrazione di Charlie Haden! Anche se l'esperienza che marca decisamente la formazione musicale è quella negli Spain gruppo che miscela rock, ...

Bamako Today

Label: Buda Musique
Released: 2015
Track listing: Ntana; Beleba chima; Strange wassolon; Donsolu; Djelike; Kononale; Sacred bird; Comment ca va? Kongo kono; King of Segou; Bko nana.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

BKO Quintet: Bamako Today

Read "Bamako Today" reviewed by James Nadal

While most musicians have the convenience of being in a relaxed atmosphere while preparing to produce a record, this was not the situation for the members of the BKO Quintet. Amidst the revolutionary turmoil which embroiled Mali in late 2012 to the brink of civil war, they maintained focused on their musical endeavor, albeit with a ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Mark Guiliana: Beat Poet Of A Different Sort

Read "Mark Guiliana: Beat Poet Of A Different Sort" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer Mark Guiliana's work has nothing to do with benzedrine, berets, William S. Burroughs and the like; he's a beat poet of a different sort, shrewdly dissecting and interpreting the language of rhythm in real-time. Guiliana is one of the few drummers who can successfully and creatively straddle and blur the electro-acoustic dividing line, and he's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Larry Carlton / Tak Matsumoto: Take Your Pick

Read "Take Your Pick" reviewed by John Kelman

It's a shame that artists' careers are reduced to oversimplifications of who they are and what they're capable of. Guitarist Larry Carlton, for example--despite releasing kick-ass blues-centric records like Sapphire Blue (Bluebird, 2004) and, more recently, the exciting yet unfailingly tasty Live in Tokyo (335 Records, 2007), not to mention delivering iconic solos on Steely Dan ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Larry Carlton: Greatest Hits Recorded Volume One

Read "Greatest Hits Recorded Volume One" reviewed by John Kelman

Since emerging as a ubiquitous session ace--his sweet tone and lyrical bent creating some of the 1970s' most definitive guitar solos for artists including The Crusaders, Steely Dan and Joni Mitchell--Larry Carlton has combined unerring melodic instincts and stunning harmonic knowledge into a discography as accessible as it is deep. For some, he's veered too close ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Larry Carlton With Special Guest Robben Ford: Live in Tokyo

Read "Live in Tokyo" reviewed by John Kelman

With blues/jazz guitarist Robben Ford's Soul on Ten (Concord, 2009) receiving widespread attention, it's a good time to look at Live in Tokyo, a somewhat overlooked but unmistakably smokin' 2007 release from another West Coast guitar god, Larry Carlton. Carlton invited Ford to join his band for some dates in Tokyo in the fall of 2006, ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Shogun Warrior to Record Live at the Baked Potato

Shogun Warrior to Record Live at the Baked Potato

The jam band Shogun Warrior, celebrating six years of playing the first weekend of every month at L.A.'s famed Baked Potato, will be recording live for two nights at the legendary club on December 6th and 7th. The band features founder Mike Elizondo on bass, who produced Rilo Kiley and Maroon 5, as well as co-writing ...


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