Flea Association
10/13/2011 12:00:00 AM
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Jeff Berlin, High Standards [M.A.J. Records]
11/1/2010 1:00:00 AM

With his first disc of all covers and the fourth with his versatile trio (featuring drummer Danny Gottleib and pianist/upright bassist Richard Drexler), Jeff Berlin’s turn toward straightahead jazz comes full swing (no pun) and full force.

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Dweezil Zappa, Return Of The Son Of… [Razor & Tie]
11/1/2010 1:00:00 AM

With this double-disc live album, prodigal son Dweezil Zappa isn’t just honoring his legendary father, Frank, as a guitarist.

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Ray Riendeau, Atmospheres [Groove Theory]
11/1/2010 1:00:00 AM

If you only knew Arizonabased Ray Riendeau from his main sideman gig of recent years—as the touring/recording bassist for Halford, the Judas Priest vocalist’s solo project— you’re in for a shock.

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Saul Zonana, Phatso [20and20 Music]
11/1/2010 1:00:00 AM

Who is Saul Zonana? There’s no short answer.

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Trey Gunn & Marco Minnemann, Modulator [7d Media and treygunn.com]
8/31/2010 1:00:00 AM

The back cover of this disc reads as follows: “This recording was composed and produced on top of a single, 51-minute live drum solo by Marco Minnemann.”

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Esperanza Spalding, Chamber Music Society [Heads Up]
8/31/2010 1:00:00 AM

Esperanza Spalding certainly has got the world on a bass string these days.

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Garaj Mahal, More Mr. Nice Guy
7/1/2010 1:00:00 AM

The term “world music” gets tossed around a lot, and the instrumental rock jazz funk dance fusion on Garaj Mahal’s fourth album could qualify as such, with Indian, Middle Eastern and African influences all sharing space on the tapestry. But

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Stephan Crump with Rosetta Trio, Reclamation
7/1/2010 1:00:00 AM

Five years after recording music in the wake of 9 11, New York bassist Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio offers a stirring encore, an intimately recorded collection of music that is more emotionally direct than the group’s 2006 debut. There’s an

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Dave Sharp’s Secret Seven, 7
7/1/2010 1:00:00 AM

Ann Arbor, Michigan doubler Dave Sharp stays sharp on this recorded debut of his band Secret Seven. He’s a serious groover, as the lilting Afrobeat “Africano” demonstrates, but the record’s diverse stylistic palette shows off a kaleidoscopic competency in a

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Meshuggah, Alive
7/1/2010 1:00:00 AM

With a conceptual opening video sequence and a richly detailed color booklet that pay explicit homage to Ridley Scott’s classic space horror movie Alien, Meshuggah’s live CD DVD Alive is a beautiful, brutal masterpiece of a product. The extra goodies

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John Blackwell Project, 4ever Jia
7/1/2010 1:00:00 AM

For his wide ranging solo debut, powerhouse Prince drummer Blackwell makes the sage choice of Will Lee as his co anchor. In addition to his pocket prowess, Lee serves as co writer on the slick funker “Blackhouse” and the uplifting

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The VW Brothers, Muziek
7/1/2010 1:00:00 AM

The Amsterdam born Van Wageningen brothers have been tearing it up as sidemen since the ’80s—Paul as an L.A. drummer, and bassist Marc as a Bay Area badass with everyone from Sheila E. to Tower of Power. Their long anticipated

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William Parker and Giorgio Dini, Temporary
7/1/2010 1:00:00 AM

Two avant leaning upright jazz bassists veteran musical provocateur William Parker and classically trained Italian player Giorgio Dini meet for five open improvisations that are likely to strike listeners as either rarefied sonic nirvana or moderately difficult listening. With Parker

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Mike Stern, Big Neighborhood
9/8/2009 4:30:00 PM

Mike Stern, Big Neighborhood Heads Up Jazz fusion über guitarist Mike Stern throws caution to the wind, assembles a highly unlikely cast of A listers, and aggressively submerges himself in their divergent timbres and styles for kicks. How unlikely a

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