Since his days with Blood Sweat & Tears in the mid-1970s, followed by stints with Billy Cobham and Miles Davis’ band in the ‘80s, and a solo career that now spans more than 25 years, guitarist Mike Stern has used his jazz roots as a starting point for exploring a range of alternate territories that include R&B, rock, swing, funk, world music and numerous other regions along the musical topography. The recipient of Guitar Player magazine’s Certified Legend Award for 2012, he’s an artist who’s not afraid to bring numerous styles and ideas – however diverse – into the same place just to see what happens. Continue reading
At a glance, Story City is a very unique name for a group with a exceptional sound. The original idea for the record was comprised in 2008 by drummer Steve Jennings, joined with the capable minds and gifted musicianship of bassist Terry Burn with Metheny alumni and co-producer Steve Roby “Time and Materials” was born. As a matter of fact, this record is conceptually fresh, challenging and overall a very interesting to listen too. The compositions here encompass an intricate spectrum of voicing’s, and the ensemble’s interplay is absolutely supreme. If you love fusion bond together with it’s cousin contemporary jazz this recording is for you. —Rob Young | Urban Flux Media
Story City -][- TIME and MATERIAL –Mp3– [Story City Music, 2012] –
Story City began their musical journey in 2008 when Steve Jennings brought saxophonist Andrew Schwandt, keyboardist Fred Goetz and guitarist Karl Koopman together to learn some very challenging fusion jazz composed by Michael Brecker, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, and Don Grolnick among others. Just for the fun of it; just for the love of it.
The commitment and accomplished skill of these musicians led to greatly satisfying sessions. However it was their sharing of influences, mutual respect of this music and BBQ cuisine that convinced Jennings to establish Story City (named after the Iowa town where his great-great grandparents settled in 1870). Continue reading
Out July 31 on Mode Records
Take one Italian guitarist active in the Downtown Improvisation and New Music scene – combine with youthful influences of movie music and Spaghetti Westerns – mix well with a love of ‘60s Surf sound bathed in reverb – top with bass and drums… and you get the Italian Surf Academy!
Cappelli explains: “Back then in the 1950s-1970s, the U.S. was more than a geographic place, it was a concept to which we dreamed of belonging: the prairies, a cowboy on his horse riding into the sunset encompassed by that warm guitar sound with a lot of reverb. This image was created by Hollywood and copied in many movies with a “Made in Italy” label, shot in Italy or abroad by Italian directors. That’s why we decided to work on our “Italian Surf Sound” Version. We also pay homage to an “original” by reinterpreting Secret Agent Man, the only American cover in the CD.” Continue reading
EQ -][- TO SPEAK –Mp3– [Vorticity Music, 2012] –
2012 sees Australian jazz-fusion group EQ release their long awaited second album. Following up from 2007’s self-titled release this powerhouse trio returns to offer a bold new step in their music, the addition of keyboards, and creative yet true fusion compositions.
This new recording features the explosive playing of Chris Bieniek (guitar), Chris Broomhead (drums), Kit Riley (bass) and special guest Daniel Gassin (piano & keys), and is the must-have album of the Australian jazz-fusion scene for 2012!
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