Jazz & Fusion

Content related to jazz, jazz fusion and other genres influenced by the jazzier side of things.

Rock and Roll Feature: Steely Dan Can't Buy a Thrill­

This is the thirty-sixth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

Remembering Les Paul, a True Musical Innovator

The rock and roll and guitar communities have unfortunately lost a true legend in the past few days. Les Paul passed away last Thursday from complications with pneumonia. He was 94 years old and was still playing clubs and making music right up into the end.

Rock and Roll Feature: Unlock the Multifaceted Octahedron with the Mars Volta

This is the thirtieth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

Today I put forward what is the 30th Rock and Roll feature I've done in the past 2-1/2+ years. There's been a lot of variety, albums new and old, during that stretch and each one remains a favorite of mine for some reason or another to this day.

Mark Knopfler: Master of Touch, Tone, Timbre and Texture

When it comes to my influences in my own music and guitar playing, I've got far more than one might expect. Sure I have my core favorite guitarists/musicians to whom I look to the majority of my inspiration, but the number who have inspired me numbers in the hundreds I'm sure, and includes saxophonists, violinists, and even a bagpipe player (no joke). I feel like if there's a great musician out there who's doing something innovative, powerful and emotional... then there's probably something I can appreciate and learn from to enhance my own music.

Mourning the King of Pop: The Passing of Michael Jackson

As I'm sure just about everyone has heard, the music community has lost one of the most well known, most influential artists of all time: Michael Jackson. Jackson died at the age of 50 yesterday after being rushed to the hospital.

Mahavishnu Orchestra Live in the '70s

I think it'd be a stretch to say that Jazz is one of the more mainstream genres of music these days... and if that's the case, then lets not even talk about fusion or some of the more experimental jazz varieties. That's really a shame though, because experimental jazz is where music is evolving faster than anywhere else. There are some absolutely amazing artists out there doing things that musically would have been unheard of even a few years ago, while the mainstream stagnates.

Jeff Beck Performing This Week: Live at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club - A DVD Review

Back last year I was lucky enough to be able to review the latest live offering from one of my most favorite guitarists: Jeff Beck. The album, Performing This Week Live at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club really caused a stir as a pretty incredible listen, a great showcase of the talents of Beck and his latest band, and a great addition to the Jeff Beck catalog, which has been somewhat lacking in live recordings.

Jeff Beck Performing This Week: Live at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club - A CD Review

When it comes to guitar legends, few can measure up to Jeff Beck. Going all the way back to his days with the Yardbirds, Beck has continually infused new life into electric guitar, pushing the boundaries into jazz fusion and forging his own unique technique and style. I've been a fan of Jeff Beck pretty much from the first time I heard him play. He has a way of touching a note and sculpting it in a way that is completely unexpected and can take a simple phrase and wrench more emotion out of it than just about any player I've ever seen.

Tribute to LeRoi Moore

Sadly it appears as if another great musician has left us recently. LeRoi Moore, founding member and saxophonist (and general woodwind player) for the Dave Matthews Band passed away the other day at 43 from complications after a vehicle accident earlier this summer.

Zappa Plays Zappa Giveaway Coming to a Close

The Soul of Rock 'n' Roll's Zappa Plays Zappa DVD giveaway is coming to a close today. Thanks to all those who entered. There was a lot of interest so I'll definitely be considering hosting other giveaways of this type in the future.

An email will be sent to the chosen winners today for a confirmation of their address, and then their free copy of the latest Zappa Plays Zappa DVDs should be on the way. If you entered, keep an eye on your email today for a confirmation notice, and reply with a confirmation ASAP or I might have to give your DVD set to someone else.

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