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Tohpati: Tribal Dance (2014) CD Review

Tohpati: Tribal Dance (2014) CD Review

Award-winning Indonesian guitarist Tohpati Ario Humoto teams up with former Yellowjackets bass player Jimmy Haslip and former Frank Zappa drummer Chad Wackerman for this hard-driving jazz-fusion release. While this CD features strong ensemble performances throughout, Tohpati is in full control of the musical direction. He wrote and produced everything on this CD, and also contributes with a mixture of (mostly) electric and acoustic guitar. With a total run-time under 45 minutes, my only real complaint is that there isn't ENOUGH music on this CD! Click to read the full review.

CD Review: Indonesian guitarist Tohpati Ario Humoto teams up with former Yellowjackets bass player Jimmy Haslip and former Frank Zappa drummer Chad Wackerman for this jazz-fusion release Tribal Dance.

— July 25, 2014 00:00 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Bob James & David Sanborn: Quartette Humaine (2013) CD Review

Bob James & David Sanborn: Quartette Humaine (2013) CD Review

The second collaborative release for Bob James and David Sanborn, Quartette Humaine is a straight-ahead jazz set featuring the bass skills of James Genus and the drumming talents of Steve Gadd. CDs are available in a US and Japanese import releases, with the Japanese version featuring two extra tracks. There is also a 180g vinyl pressing, though this is limited to six out of the total eleven tracks due to restrictions inherent in the recording format. No matter the format, you're sure to enjoy the fantastic performances and outstanding production values of Quartette Humaine.

CD Review: Bob James and David Sanborn are back together to produce Quartette Humaine, a jazz album featuring James Genus on bass and Steve Gadd on the drums.

— May 17, 2014 08:00 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Dave Grusin: Mountain Dance CD Review

Dave Grusin: Mountain Dance CD Review

One of the first all digital (DDD) recordings ever produced, Mountain Dance was originally conceived as a “direct-to-disc” project for JVC that was later released on Dave Grusin's own (GRP) label. This CD remains one of the first (and best) examples of the potential for recording in the digital domain. Great music and great musicians delivering great performances, topped off with outstanding production, make Mountain Dance an all-time favorite of mine. A must purchase if you're a jazz lover with an appreciation for high sound quality.

Review: Dave Grusin Mountain Dance CD. This Jazz CD remains one of the first (and best) examples of the potential for recording in the digital domain.

— February 21, 2014 14:47 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Alien Chatter: Invasion (2007) CD Review

Alien Chatter: Invasion (2007) CD Review

The Indo-Jazz fusion sound of Alien Chatter is the product of two superbly talented musicians: Rodney Lee and Satnam Ramgotra. The music they create is special in many ways, from the writing to the sound to the way it’s ultimately captured. Rarely do two distinct musical styles and tastes (Indian and Jazz) blend so completely into something so unique and fresh. Check out our review of this great music CD.

CD Review: The Indo-Jazz fusion sound of Alien Chatter Invasion is the product of two superbly talented musicians.

— January 03, 2014 12:40 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Star Trek First Contact (2012) CD Review

Star Trek First Contact (2012) CD Review

I'm both a big Star Trek fan and big Jerry Goldsmith fan, so it only stands to reason that this is one of my favorite movie soundtracks. Crescendo records is making a living out of “giving the fans what they want”: re-issues of previously released movie soundtracks. Part of the benefit is modern (digital) remastering, but a big part of their effort is recovering/re-sequencing original material not previously available to the public. Indeed, this re-release of Start Trek: First Contact contains over 30 minutes of additional music not on the original 1996 release.

CD Review: Star Trek First Contact 2012 Limited Edition. This re-release contains over 30 minutes of additional music not on the original 1996 release. A must for music and Star Trek lovers alike.

— November 03, 2013 21:48 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Miles Davis: Kind of Blue CD Review (1997 Reissue)

Miles Davis: Kind of Blue CD Review (1997 Reissue)

Miles Davis' Kind of Blue (1959) was such a ground-breaking recording that books have been written about it. The original LP sold millions (no small feat for a jazz recording), simultaneously launching a musical genre (cool jazz) and elevating Miles Davis to legendary status—all from two recording sessions over two days in March and April of 1959. Nearly every track is considered a jazz classic that may be heard in any number of live jazz venues on any given night; their simplicity belies their genius. This review focuses on the 1997 CD reissue of this classic, but also discusses the various other formats and mixes.

CD review of the 1977 Reissue of Miles Davis Kind of Blue. This was such a ground-breaking recording that books have been written about it. Our review discusses the various releases and formats.

— September 06, 2013 16:30 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Jeff Lorber Galaxy (2012) CD Review

Jeff Lorber Galaxy (2012) CD Review

Jeff Lorber: Galaxy is one of the few CD’s I’ve purchased “at the gig” from an artist. If this was an LP, I would have worn out the grooves long ago! This CD will please both fans from the Jeff Lorber Fusion days (1970’s to early 1980’s), as well as those who discovered him in his “post-pop” era (1990’s to present).

Jeff Lorber Galaxy CD is a must purchase for all jazz fusion fans. Great sound and great music.

— August 09, 2013 18:41 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Grover Washington, Jr.: Winelight (1980) CD Review

Grover Washington, Jr.: Winelight (1980) CD Review

Grover Washington, Jr. is one of a handful of 1970's jazz artists who crossed over to the “pop” charts on their way to commercial success (along with Herb Alpert, Chuck Mangione, Maynard Ferguson and Spyro Gyra). One of the things that makes this particular release so special is the studio “A-list” rhythm section assembled by producers Washington and MacDonald. With multiple Grammy wins and over 1 million in sales (Platinum level)--Winelight was both a commercial and critical success; both the album and the single Just The Two Of Us charted on Billboard's Top 10. Grover fans will want the Winelight CD in their collection as it pairs nicely with a good bottle of red.

Grover Washington Jr. Winelight CD is a modern jazz classic with music that instantly recognizable and enjoyed by any jazz, modern pop enthusiast.

— June 14, 2013 22:59 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Sound of Contact Progressive Rock Band Interview

Sound of Contact Progressive Rock Band Interview

After an amazing debut album, "Dimensionaut", and a successful European tour, I think it’s a safe bet that Sound of Contact will be the next big band to hit the progressive music industry. Anchored by the musical talents of :Simon Collins (Lead Vocals, Drums, Co-producer), Dave Kerzner (Keyboards, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals, Co-producer), and Matt Dorsey (Guitars, Bass, Backing Vocals), it's easy to see why Sound of Contact has hit the ground running. This band was born out of the 70s Prog-Music and in every aspect, they deliver us some of the old famed with a new harder and edgier overall style that we fellow progers continue to love. As Sound of Contact prepares for a focused USA tour, Audioholics caught up to them on the road in Europe. Here’s what they had to say.

We sat down with Simon Collins and the rest of Sound of Contact brand for an in-depth interview and discuss everything from guitar strings to musical influences.

Steve DellaSala — June 13, 2013 11:35 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Mike Stern Big Neighborhood (2009) CD Review

Mike Stern Big Neighborhood (2009) CD Review

This CD is a guitar lover's delight! In fact, Big Neighborhood was up for a Grammy as “Best Contemporary Jazz Instrumental Album” in 2010. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a big rock-and-roll fan, and only someone as good as Mike Stern can steer me towards the type of hard-driving music on this CD. I call it “rock-and-roll jazz” and it is smokin’ hot! A tour-DE-force of recording acumen, this CD features six different lead engineers who recorded in four different studios in three different cities (NYC, LA and Austin). Check it out!

I consider Mike Stern- Big Neighborhood CD a “rock-and-roll jazz” genre of music. It's smokin’ hot! A tour-DE-force of recording acumen, and a must purchase for all music lovers.

— May 24, 2013 22:05 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Progressive Rock Band Renaissance - Annie Haslam Interview

Progressive Rock Band Renaissance - Annie Haslam Interview

The British Progressive Band known as Renaissance was founded in 1969 by Keith Relf and Jim McCarty after the split up of their band, the Yardbirds. Renaissance was set slightly apart from other Progressive bands throughout the 70s, such as Genesis, Yes and ELP, as they emphasized more on symphonic classical music blended into their progressive themes without relying on hard hitting synthesizer or screaming guitars. But make no mistake; they were equally as popular amongst the same fans. In 2009, they got back together for their 40th year anniversary tour. We had a chance to sit down with vocalist Annie Haslam at her studio in Pennsylvania.

We sat down with vocalist Annie Haslam of Progressive Rock Band Renaissance at her Pennsylvania studio to discuss their music and 40th anniversary reunion tour. Read our Renaissance Interview

Steve DellaSala — April 30, 2013 20:00 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Tron Legacy (2010) CD Review

Tron Legacy (2010) CD Review

The Tron Legacy CD Soundtrack is not only one of the few movie soundtracks I own, but it's one of the few imports (of any media type) I own. While this European import is technically out-of-print, you can still pick it up on sites like eBay. Why did I purchase the import? Because it contains an additional CD with five additional tracks not available in the U.S. and it also comes with some very nice liner notes. This soundtrack is a sonic masterpiece. In fact, this disc contains some of the best orchestral percussion I've heard in a long time (think 1812 Overture). You can see why the (Blu-Ray) movie really “brings the boom” since many of the musical cues are duplicated note for note on the soundtrack.

The Tron Legacy CD Soundtrack is a sonic masterpiece. It contains some of the best orchestral percussion I've heard in a long time and you can see why the Blu-ray movie "brings the boom" as a result.

— March 08, 2013 23:10 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Yellowjackets: Timeline (2011) CD Review

Yellowjackets: Timeline (2011) CD Review

It's hard to believe the quantity of high quality original music the Yellowjackets have turned out over the past 30 years. Timeline has CD quickly become one of my all-time favorite Yellowjackets releases, and I bet I listen to it an average of once a week. I believe that drummers are the heart and soul of a group, and I think the essence of the Yellowjackets can be found in the grooves of William Kennedy over the last 20 years or so. Unfortunately, this may be the last release to feature both Kennedy and Haslip, as Jimmy Haslip has now officially been replaced in the bass chair by Jaco Pastorius' son, Felix. Only time will tell if this mix yields similar results, but I'm sure many long-time Jaco fans are dreaming of the possibilities. Great music, great sound quality, get this CD!

This is a review of the Yellowjackets Timeline CD. Great music & great sound!

— March 01, 2013 18:43 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Joe Sample: Ashes to Ashes (1990) CD Review

Joe Sample: Ashes to Ashes (1990) CD Review

To fans of the Crusaders (or Jazz Crusaders) back in the 1970’s and 1980’s, Joe Sample needs no introduction. His writing and keyboard work was the heart and soul of the group; without Joe Sample, there would have been no Crusaders. So, it should come as no surprise that Joe Sample has enjoyed the most successful solo career of all the original band members. While he has had several good releases following Ashes to Ashes, I personally view this CD as his last “great” release, on par with some of his hugely successful late 1970’s solo releases (like Rainbow Seeker). This is one of those CD’s on my “sit back and relax” list, and that’s a pretty short list for me.

This is a review of Joe Sample Ashes to Ashes CD review. This is a personal favorite and must have for any Joe Sample fans.

— January 18, 2013 12:00 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews