CD Review: Kenny James "Invisiblemann, Vol. 9: Global Funktion
12/3/2013 7:40:00 PM
On this disc of funky chill-out music, producer/multi-instrumentalist Kenny James uses fretted and fretless basses to put the bottom under an old-school mélange of grooves that harks back to the heyday of Massive Attack and Thievery Corporation.
CD Review: Aaron Germain "Chance"
12/3/2013 7:39:00 PM
On his new album Chance, the San Francisco Bay Area’s Aaron Germain brings his impressive chops to a set of compositions demonstrating his take on jazz, blues, and fusion.
CD Review: Philip Sayce "Steamroller"
12/3/2013 7:30:00 PM
On his fourth solo album, blues guitar virtuoso Philip Sayce unveils his most driving work yet, which features the inspired playing of bassist Joel Gottschalk.
CD Review: Cass McCombs "Big Wheel and Others"
12/3/2013 7:28:00 PM
As restless and peripatetic as his music, singer-songwriter Cass McCombs also has a deep Rolodex.
CD Review: Randy Klein's Two Duos "What's Next?"
12/3/2013 7:25:00 PM
Pianist-composer Klein alternates between duets with metal/jazz guitarist Alex Skolnick and with Boris Kozlov, best known in some circles for being the longtime anchor—on upright, of course—of New York’s Mingus Big Band.
CD Review: Nine Inch Nails "Hesitation Marks"
12/3/2013 7:23:00 PM
NIN’s trademark synth and electronic sounds get a straightforward rock boost on this album courtesy of none other than bass guru Pino Palladino.
CD Review: Randy Brecker "The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion"
12/3/2013 7:18:00 PM
You always remember your first professional gig, and for Will Lee, that was the jazz-funk fusion group Dreams, which in 1971 featured 25-year-old trumpeter Randy Brecker and his younger brother Michael on saxophone.
CD Review: Elvis Costello & The Roots "Wise Up Ghost"
12/3/2013 7:15:00 PM
Proving what happens when old-school hip meets old-school hip-hop, the Roots team up with Elvis Costello on this eclectic and soulful mash-up.
CD Review: Tony Grey "Elevation"
12/3/2013 7:11:00 PM
For his fourth solo outing, Tony Grey—whose mastery of the 6-string ranges from effortless neck-scaling solo flights to panoramic collages of chordal melodies, loops, and effects—shares the spotlight with seven 6-stringers of another kind: guitarists John McLaughlin, Mike Stern, David Fiuzynski, Reb Beach, Nir Felder, Fabrizio Sotti, and Tomayasu Hotei (aided by the supple stickwork of David Throckmorton on all but one track).
CD Review: George Duke "Dreamweaver
12/3/2013 7:01:00 PM
The unexpected death of keyboard giant George Duke in August shook the music world, with especially heavy reverberation in the bass community.
CD Review: HBS "In Deep Owl"
10/29/2013 12:12:00 PM
Ben Shepherd (aka Hunter Benedict Shepherd, or HBS) clearly didn’t take Soundgarden’s 13-year hiatus lying down.
CD Review: Chick Corea "The Vigil"
10/29/2013 12:10:00 PM
Inspired to write for his hand-picked, potent new sextet (saxophonist Tim Garland, drummer Marcus Gilmore, guitarist Charles Altura, and Hadrien Feraud, who splits time between his Smith 5 and his Godin fretless 5 ABG), Corea delivers a choice array of contemporary jazz compositions shaded to various styles, with ample room for each member to interpret and stretch.
CD Review: Of Montreal "Lousy with Sylvianbriar"
10/29/2013 12:08:00 PM
Resembling a lost psych-folk classic some 40 years on the shelf, of Montreal’s latest is a full 180 from the band’s usual leftfield electro- pop.
CD Review: Buddy Guy "Rhythm & Blues"
10/29/2013 12:04:00 PM
On the riff-scorching new album by guitar legend Buddy Guy, blues/country session extraordinaire Michael Rhodes holds down the low end with a little help from fellow studio ace Tommy MacDonald.
CD Review: Gogol Bordello "Pura Vida Conspiracy"
10/29/2013 12:03:00 PM
This beloved band of hard-rockin’ gypsies is back with a wild new album featuring the spirited playing of Thomas Bobena, whose mixed bag includes rock, mariachi, and a dash of polka.
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