Flying Horse Records artists: The Flying Horse Big Band - A Message From The Flying Horse Big Band - New Release Review
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 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, A Message From The Flying Horse Big Band, by The Flying Horse Big Band and it's energetic. Opening with Free For All, the band is off to a hard run featuring Josh Mercado, Adam Zapf, Robert Schmidt, Phebe Rich and Elijah Simmons on trumpet and hard driving James Fortune on drums. Edmond Quint Johnson lays on a nice tenor solo, joined by Paul Van Wormer on lead alto and Micah Silverstein on alto, Steven Grant on tenor and Noah Mosca on bari. Dan Parish, Ralph Rodriguez, Gabe Funk and Ben Fuller on trombone are on brass, Noah C ..read more
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Scott Emmerman - Spheres - New Release Review
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1d ago
 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Spheres, from Scott Emmerman, and it's quite interesting. Opening with title track, Spheres, Scott Emmerman on guitar develops a comprehensive melody line on guitar with intense drum and percussion accompaniment by Marty Zevin. Emmerman weaves a cool, jazzy chord foundation with a Spanish flavored fusion lead, breaking loose with electric branches. Very cool. On Steppin In It, Emmerson builds his melody line over his own keyboard and programmed drumming sequence. Judgement Day has a cool, keyboard intro developing with a wand ..read more
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Strange Woman Records artist: Leigh Pilzer's Seven Pointed Star - Beatin' The Odds - New Release Review
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1w ago
 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Beatin' The Odds, by Leigh Pilzer's Seven Pointer Star, and it's packed with gems. Opening with SKCC, Pilzer's homage to Billy Strahorn's UMMG, Mercedes Beckman on sax and Ally Hany Albrecht on trumpet create the melody line anchored by Amy K Bormet on piano, Sherrie Maricle on drums, and Amy Shook on bass. Albrecht lays down a real nice solo, followed by Beckman on alto and Pilzer on bari who really rips it by the way. A quick solo by Shook brings us back to the melody. Solid opener. Mysterious, The Platinum Taxi, has a dark ..read more
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Horizon Music Group artist: Bart Bryant - Backstage II - New Release Review
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1w ago
 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Backstage II, from Bart Bryant, and it's a solid blues rocker with plenty of energy. Opening with Robin Trower's, Day Of The Eagle, Bart Bryant leads the way on vocal and guitar. The original arrangement is pumped up with horn work by Bill Holloman and the bottom it held rock steady by Alex Giosa on drums and Robert Liptrot on drums. Nice opener. Willie Dixon's I Can't Quit You Baby really has a nice feel. Floyd Domino on piano sets the mood under Bryant's rich vocals and Otis Rush like guitar riffs. Bryant pulls out great re ..read more
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J&R Collective artist: Jennifer Lyn & The Groove Revival - Live From The Northern Plains - New Release Review
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1w ago
 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release Live From The Northern Plains, from Jennifer Lyn & The Groove Revival and I really like it. Opening with shuffle, Gypsy Soul, Jennifer Lyn on lead vocal and Richard Torrance on lead guitar really get this rocking. With Peter Green like riffs, solid piano work by Barb Jiskra, Nolyn Falcon on bass and Jim Anderson on drums, this is a strong opener. On a cover of Chris Smither's Love Me Like A Man, Lyn really digs in vocally with nice phrasing and rich bluesy feel. Jiskra lays down some real nice piano soloing and Torrance ri ..read more
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Dixiefrog Records artist: Bex Marshall - Fortuna - New Release Review
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1w ago
 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Fortuna, from Bex Marshall and it's really good. Opening with blues rocker, Preaching To The Choir, Bex Marshall on lead guitar and lead vocal, sets the pace with Aurora Mannola laying down a driving bottom on bass and Richie Stevens on drums. Toby Baker on keys really works nicely against the wailing guitar lead of Marshall on this strong opener. Funky blues rocker, I Can't Look You In The Eye, features Marshall on lead vocal and slide with Scott Coopwood on lead guitar, Barry Bays on rhythm guitar, Robert Eugene Daniels on ..read more
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Gulf Coast Records artist: Chris BadNews Barnes - BadNews Travels Fast - New Release Review
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1w ago
 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, BadNews Travels Fast, from Chris BadNews Barnes and it's solid set of rock and blues rock. Opening with radio style rocker, and title track, BadNews Travels Fast, BadNews Barns on lead vocal leads the way with a tight guitar lead by Kenny Greenberg, driving bass lines by Tommy MacDonald, and Tom Hambridge snapping tight on drums. Ace harmonica player, Jimmy Hall who led his own band, Wet Willie and worked quite a bit with the honorable Jeff Beck really makes a nice contribution here. Excellent opener. True Blues is a cool, up ..read more
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Ruf Records artist: Alastair Greene - Standing Out Loud - New Release Review
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1w ago
 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Standing Out Loud, by Alastair Greene and it's a potent blues rocker. Opening with Texas style rocker, You Can't Fool Me, Alastair Greene has a relentless attack on guitar and strong vocals. He is joined by Todd Bolden on driving bass and Adam Abrashoff who doesn't miss a lick on drums. Excellent opener. Only Do has a great guitar hook that gives Greene a hard anchor to fall back to between his explosive solos. Steady on bass with Bolden and really tight riffs by Abrashoff on drums. Title track, Standing Out Loud, is my top c ..read more
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Jason Arkins - In Focus - New Release Review
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2w ago
 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, In Focus, by Jason Arkins, and it's an aggressive fusion set. Opening with Mister Behaving, with it's stirring instrumental backing and whirling rhythms, Jason Arkins on sax sets a somewhat sedate melody as a baseline, with Beau Cornelius on piano, Leo Folsom on synths, and with Mike Ramos and Jack Dratch on bass and drums respectively chomping at the bit to run. Arkins leads the crew on a really strong adventure sonically in his second pass with tight rhythmic piano work by Cornelius and Folsom lays in a very cool synth solo ..read more
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Miguel Espinoza Fusion - Gabriella - New Release Review
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2w ago
 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Gabriella, from Miguel Espinoza Fusion, and it's really interesting. Opening with title track, Gabriella, a lively, Latin influenced piece, with Miguel Espinoza on guitar, Randy Hoepker on bass, Dianne Betkowski on cello, Dave Hagedorn on vibraphone and Christian Teele on percussion. Vibrant opener. Howard's Tune features Howard Levy on harmonica with clean, creative, inventive melody, on a foundation of guitar and cello. Very nice. Buleria Estila Antiqua has a real flamenco flair with Spanish style guitar playing by Espinoza ..read more
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