Jazz & Fusion

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

Final Week of the Soul of Rock and Roll Zappa Plays Zappa Giveaway

That's right we're coming down to the final week of the Zappa Plays Zappa Giveaway here at the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll. I just wanted to make sure that as many people who might be interested in getting a free copy of the Zappa Plays Zappa DVDs gets to enter before time is up. The contest will end promptly on May 21st, exactly one month from the start date of April 21st, so make sure and enter if you haven't already.

Traffic Live in 1972 to Celebrate Steve Winwood Turning 60

It's hard to imagine that back in the early 60s with the Spencer Davis Group that Steve Winwood was a mere 15. It was only 4 years later that he would put together the band Traffic, one of the first bands to delve into jazz fusion. I first came to know about Steve Winwood through his work in Blind Faith with Eric Clapton, but it didn't take me too long to check out Traffic and the rest of his catalog. Although some people might be more familiar with his solo work in the 80s, I always though that Winwood was at his best with Clapton and Traffic.

Zappa Plays Zappa: DVD Giveaway

I was lucky to be offered the opportunity to do something with the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll I have not done before. It's a special event to give something back to the readers... a contest giveaway.

Partnering with Big Honcho Media, the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll is going to be giving away a number of copies of the new Zappa Plays Zappa DVD set. I'm pretty interested in this DVD release myself as I heard that the ZPZ tour was just incredible, critically acclaimed and a lots of fun, so I thought that being able to give away a few copies to some lucky Zappa fans would be pretty cool.

Zappa Plays Zappa: A DVD Review

There's been a number of amazing concert tours in the past few years... many of which I was lucky enough to attend. Certainly up near the top of the ones I wish I could have seen is the Zappa Plays Zappa tour. Critically acclaimed, this project was the brain child of one Dweezil Zappa, who put together an amazing band, complete with a few special guests, to tour performing the music of his late father, Frank Zappa. Having not been able to see Frank when he was still performing, I thought this was a really cool idea and was looking forward to catching a show.

Rock and Roll Feature: Freak Out with the Mothers of Invention

This is the seventeenth 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.

The Twisted, Progressive Guitar Work of Frank Zappa Live

It was a good day yesterday, at least from a musical standpoint for me, as it certainly was a sad day from a world events view what with the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, (condolences to the entire nation of Pakistan and all those affected by the tragedy).

Full Live Set from the Jazzy and Progressive... Tortoise

Some bands go above and beyond in terms of creativity and develop a sound and style that is completely unique. Tortoise is a band like that. A band that's been floating around in my radar for a number of years now, usually in reference to having influenced other artists, I've only recently come to start to take a closer look at their catalog. There unique blend of styles, with a sort of jazzy, progressive twist is unlike anything I've ever heard of before and I'm thoroughly impressed by their artistic style and creative depth.

The Evolving Face of Incubus: 6 Songs from Across The Band's Career

I always like looking back on how I came to some of my favorite bands as it usually results in some ridiculously absurd stories and my first experience with Incubus is no exception. It was during a large concert event back in 1999 that I had attended in order to see a few of the other groups on the bill. I actually walked out on Incubus as soon as they took the stage, before the first song, only to catch a glimpse of Brandon Boyd playing what appeared to be a large conga drum in front of some crazy psychedelic lighting on the televisions in the arena lobby.

Jeff Beck has the Touch, Live in Japan: What Every Musician Should Strive For

There are certain musicians who understand precisely the effect the smallest change can make in their musicality; it's all about subtlety. I use the term subtle in terms of rock and roll a lot (and often in reference to sounds most people would NOT call subtle), despite the fact that describing a musical genre that almost requires being played far louder than anyone would deem sane. It may seem even less appropriate to talk about subtlety in guitar playing to some people, but that's really what it's all about for me.

Tribute to the A Guitar and Musical Legend on PBS, Les Paul: Chasing Sound

In a stroke of luck I happened to catch another great music related program on PBS last night, this time on the legendary Les Paul, called Les Paul: Chasing Sound. He is such a legend in guitar circles and with music buffs that of course I had to watch.

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