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Jazz fusion supergroup Niacin, composed of star rock bassist Billy Sheehan, keyboard guru John Novello, and funk rock drummer Dennis Chambers, has both returned fusion to its roots with the resurrection of the venerable Hammond B-3 organ and given it a shot in the arm with an injection of hard rock sensibility. Formed in the mid-1990s, the group has continued to produce albums and tour into the 2000s, racking up accolades along the way—even as its members nurture solo careers and contribute to other bands.

Niacin was formed in the middle of the 1990s when rock bassist Billy Sheehan teamed up with keyboard player John Novello to create a vehicle for their work in jazz fusion and progressive rock. The duo brought in drummer Dennis Chambers to complete the trio. All three musicians were well established in rock and jazz circles at the time of the group's formation, crossing easily between the two musical styles. The centerpiece of the band is the Hammond B-3 organ, an instrument that has graced many a jazz and progressive rock recording and, until the late 1970s, was almost as essential to rock and jazz as the guitar or drum. The instrument also lent the group its name; niacin is also known as vitamin B3.

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The Best Of '90s Jazz Fusion

Read "The Best Of '90s Jazz Fusion" reviewed by Len Davis


John Mclaughlin The Heart Of Things, Michael Brecker, Brecker Brothers, Miles Davis Live Around The World, Jeff Richman, Niacin from High Bias, Chick Corea Electric Band, and Tunnels with Percy Jones. Playlist John McLaughlin “Healing Hands" from The Heart Of Things  (Verve) 00:00 Michael Brecker “Escher Sketch" from Now You See It-Now You Don't  ...

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Miles Davis, Return To Forever, Tony Williams Lifetime, Niacin and Al Di Meola

Read "Miles Davis, Return To Forever, Tony Williams Lifetime, Niacin and Al Di Meola" reviewed by Len Davis


We go back to a few classics with Miles Davis from Decoy, Return To Forever, Tony Williams Lifetime, Niacin and Al Di MeolaPlaylist JK Special “Crossfire" from JK Special (Lipstick) 00:00 Miles Davis"That's Right" from Decoy (Columbia) 08:05 Return To Forever “Senor Mouse" from The Mothership Returns (Eagle) 16:00 Tony Williams Lifetime"Million Dollar Legs" ...

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Niacin, Mike Stern, Bob Berg, Dave Weckl, Lee Riteniour

Read "Niacin, Mike Stern, Bob Berg, Dave Weckl, Lee Riteniour" reviewed by Len Davis


John McLaughlin from The Boston Record, the late Bob Berg, Mike Stern and Wayne Krantz.Playlist John McLaughlin & 4th Dimension"Call & Answer" from The Boston Record (Abstract Logix) 00:00 Niacin “Revenge" from High Bias (Stretch) 07:45 Bob Berg"American Gothic" from Back Roads (Denon) 15:30 Dave Weckl “7th Avenue South" from Heads Up (GRP) 23:26 ...

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Allan Holdsworth, Niacin, Brand X, Steps Ahead and Yellowjackets

Read "Allan Holdsworth, Niacin, Brand X, Steps Ahead and Yellowjackets" reviewed by Len Davis


We remember the late Allan Holdsworth on his birthday. The choice of three tunes from the late guitarist have been selected by Richard Hallebeek from the Netherlands, Alex Machacek from the US and Brett Garsed from Australia, and we thank them for their contribution. We also have Cab with Bunny Brunel, Dennis Chambers and Tony McAlpine, ...

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John McLaughlin, Gary Willis, Tribal Tech, David Binney, Tom Coster

Read "John McLaughlin, Gary Willis, Tribal Tech, David Binney, Tom Coster" reviewed by Len Davis


Today a fusion fest with some of the finest releases over the last 30 years John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Niacin, David Binney and much more.Playlist Niacin “Prelude & Funky Opus" from Krush (Prosthetic) 00:00 John McLaughlin"Mr DC" from The Heart Of Things (Verve) 07:24 Chick Corea “El Stephen Parts 1&2" from The Ultimate Adventure ...

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Scott Jones, Pickpocket Funk, Marcus Miller and more

Read "Scott Jones, Pickpocket Funk, Marcus Miller and more" reviewed by Len Davis


Our Tony Palkovic tribute continues, plus Scott Jones, Marcus Miller, Pickpocket Funk and much more. Playlist Niacin “High Bias" from High Bias (Stretch) 00:00 Jan Hammer “Midnight" from Beyond the Minds Eye (MCA) 05:49 Yellow Jackets “Go Go" from Times Squared (Heads Up) 11:37 Brian Auger “Freddies Flight" from Retrospection (Sunset Blvd Records) 17:24 ...

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Jaco Pastorius, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Bill Evans-Randy Brecker and more

Read "Jaco Pastorius, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Bill Evans-Randy Brecker and more" reviewed by Len Davis


Jaco Pastorius: The Criteria Sessions, John McLaughlin: The Heart Of things, John Scofield and much more. Playlist Jaco Pastorius “Baloon Song" from Modern American Music: The Criteria Sessions (Omnivore) 00:00 Niacin “Elbow Grease" from Time Crunch (Magna Carta) 08:31 John McLaughlin “Healing Hands" from The Heart of Things (Verve) 16:50 John Scofield “Protocol" from ...

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Krush

Label: Prosthetic Records
Released: 2013
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Niacin: Krush

Read "Krush" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


After a lengthy hiatus, the high-impact progressive rock and jazz-fusion trio fires back with its 6th studio album. The respective musicians' demanding schedules as first-call session aces and ongoing affiliations with other bands, both in and out of the studio, spans multiple jazz and rock related genres. Here, the trio's vigorous turbo-powered gait remains intact, along ...


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