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  • The Bad Plus Create an “Inevitable Western” with Latest Release

    The Bad Plus Create an “Inevitable Western” with Latest Release

    The Bad Plus, on the heels of releasing its take on The Rite of Spring earlier this year, has now released its first album of original music since 2012’s Made Possible. is an album “rich with mystery,” according to the website for the leaderless avant-jazz piano-bass-drums trio. The group is devoted to exploring musical forms... »

  • Motorhead’s Aftershock Reissued in a “Tour Edition”

    Motorhead’s Aftershock Reissued in a “Tour Edition”

    Motörhead has added something extra to its 2013 Aftershock album — a live CD. The package, called , features not only the original album, but also the bonus material, culled from the band’s mini Best of the West Coast Tour earlier this year. The live recording features Aftershock tunes and Motörhead classics, like “Ace of... »

  • Rhythm and Swing: Rodney Whitaker Releases “When We Find Ourselves Alone”

    Rhythm and Swing: Rodney Whitaker Releases “When We Find Ourselves Alone”

    It’s all about the rhythm for Rodney Whitaker, the double bassist and head of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University who has released his eighth album, . The record features five originals and six arrangements of others’ work. But in the latter case, even standards become new when a different kind of rhythm is employed,... »

  • Billy Sheehan Appears on “Guitars for Wounded Warriors”

    Billy Sheehan Appears on “Guitars for Wounded Warriors”

    Emmy-award winning composer and guitarist Brian Tarquin has gathered some “Heavy Friends” to create the album, , featuring instrumental music inspired by America’s soldiers. For the record, Tarquin, owner of Jungle Room Studios, called upon a host of metal guitarists, including bass player Billy Sheehan. Sheehan’s work is featured on the album’s opening track, “Black... »

  • Wonderlush EP Offers Taste of Funktastic Album to Come

    Wonderlush EP Offers Taste of Funktastic Album to Come

    Wonderlush’s funk sound is in full display on the , which features five versions (the original and four remixes) of the song “Jam” from their upcoming debut album. Propelled by terrific grooves from one half of the duo, bassist Punk Pappa, “Jam” is quite the… jam. With sounds like these, it’s not surprising the group... »

  • Swedish Trio Dirty Loops Releases Debut Album, “Loopified”

    Swedish Trio Dirty Loops Releases Debut Album, “Loopified”

    Dirty Loops, the Swedish trio known for its wild cover versions of songs by Justin Bieber, Adele and Justin Timberlake, has released its first album, . The band is still somewhat amazed by its success, which led to the creation of the record, according to bassist Henrik Linder. “We thought the combination of fusion and... »

  • Simon Phillips Releases “Protocol II”, Featuring Ernest Tibbs

    Simon Phillips Releases “Protocol II”, Featuring Ernest Tibbs

    Famed drummer Simon Phillips, known for his work as both a session player and in Toto, has released his first solo project in 14 years — the jazz/rock/fusion instrumental , featuring Ernest Tibbs on bass. Tibbs is a renowned session player (David Benoit, David Garfield, Pat Kelley and Kevin Toney) who also teaches at the... »

  • George Mraz Featured on “A Touch of Radiance”

    George Mraz Featured on “A Touch of Radiance”

    Double bassist George Mraz, known for his work with a slew of jazz greats (Oscar Peterson, Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker, and Carmen McRae, just to name a few) has lent his talents to pianist Yelena Eckemoff’s latest, . The album, which is attributed to the Yelena Eckemoff Quartet, is... »

  • MonoNeon Envisions John Cage on Soul Train

    MonoNeon Envisions John Cage on Soul Train

    Ever thought about what it would have been like if avant-garde composer John Cage had performed on the funkiest show on TV back in the 1970s? Well bassist/experimental composer Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas Jr. has. And he, with the help of microtonal guitarist and composer, Michael Vick, has created a 5-track EP called, appropriately enough, John... »

  • SOJA Releases “Amid the Noise and Haste”

    SOJA Releases “Amid the Noise and Haste”

    D.C.-based reggae band SOJA has released its sixth album, . Featuring bassist/vocalist Bobby Lee, SOJA’s latest is the followup to its most successful record, 2012’s Strength to Survive. The record features not only the work of Jamaican producer Supa Dups (Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Eminem) but also guest appearances by Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Michael... »