Fatal Fusion is a progressive rock band from Oslo, Norway. The group got together in early 2008, after emerging from the ashes of several Rock/Blues covers bands. The release of their debut album "Land of the Sun" in 2010 have received great reviews from around the world, and also got them nominated for "best debut album 2010" by Prog Awards. Utilizing classic instruments, synths, mellotron and hammond organ as part of their sound, they pay homage to the progressive rock bands from the 70´s, whilst still aiming to create their own unique sound, blending in elements form different musical genres as rock, metal, blues, jazz, and latin, trying to get a broad musical landscape.
In The Moment is a fourteen track instrumental jazz fusion album, with the exception of the last track, "Can I Count On You", which features vocalists Christopher Cross, Melinda Doolittle, Bill Champlin, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Ron Hemby, and Mandisa. The highlight of the project is definitely the monster rhythm section of drummer, Vinnie Colaiuta and bassist, Nathan East, who appear on three tracks; a fourth track with Vinnie, the title cut, is a duo with Tom Hemby on electric guitar.
For The Hour of Separation Tawadros and his percussionist brother, James, went to New York and enlisted three of jazz’s heavyweights: drummer Jack DeJohnette, guitarist John Abercrombie and bassist John Patitucci. The results should raise the international profile of Sydney’s leading player of the oud (a fretless lute) to the same heights as his art.
Sting’s “right and left hand,” Dominic Miller, yet again proves that he is a top-notch guitarist. Produced by the legendary Hugh Padgham (The Police, Genesis, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel). Dominic Miller has worked continuously with Sting since they recorded The Soul Cages over 20 years ago! Features Mark King & Mike Lindup (Level 42), Ian Thomas (Eric Clapton), and Jason Rebello (Sting). On tour with Sting in North America through Summer/Fall 2010.
Five CD release from the acclaimed guitarist contains five of his classic albums housed in paper sleeves in one package. This set from the British guitar legend features the albums There And Back (1980), Flash (1985), Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop (1989), Who Else (1999) and You Had It Coming (2001).
Guitarist Lee Ritenour decided to celebrate his 50th year as a guitar player by inviting a bevy of name guitarists into the studio to jam out some tunes, all in the name of love for their chosen instrument. Ritenour's subsequent album, 2010's 6 String Theory, is just that, a varied celebration on the many styles and players who have utilized the guitar. The result is an expansive, ambitious, but never belabored album that touches on jazz, blues, funk, and rock and expands beyond the usual Ritenour approach while remaining true to his unique six-string sound. To these ends, Ritenour duets with such artists as contemporary bluesman Keb' Mo', fusion/post-bop legend Pat Martino, and blues icon B.B. King, as well as George Benson, Slash, Mike Stern, and others. To say this is an all-star affair is an understatement and fortunately, while the album never overplays to expectations, it nonetheless delivers on Ritenour's promise of a guitar celebration.
With production help from Wally Badarou, Fela Anikulapo Kuti offers up an interesting mix of songs (well, two to be exact) in both vocal and instrumental versions. Most compelling is the track "Look and Laugh," which details the attack by Nigerian soldiers on his Kalakuta compound. With simple lyrics, Fela runs down the horror of that attack in a detached, almost journalistic manner: "Till dem come/burn my house/burn my house/all my property/burn burn dem/beat beat me/kill my mama."
Led by original Aera (Humanum Est / Hand Und Fuß) - bandfounder, composer and guitarist Muck Groh and his colleagues from "the early days" , drummer Wolfgang Teske and violinist Christoph Krieger, completed by bass player Jonas Gruber (son of Muck), flautist and sax player Armin Fleissner and guest singer Pia (on 3 titles), now it's time for Neue (New) Aera. Founded in 2008 Neue Aera, first of all, was a "just for fun"- project. But very soon the musicians experienced that the old (and new) magic was (still) there and - like in the early seventies- Muck took over the leading role and composed new stuff without denying his roots of the "old" Aera-period, heavy influenced by a progressive jazz rock and hints of Arabian/ Oriental -sounds…
Acclaimed for his fusion of world music with jazz, vocalist and oud player Dhafer Youssef now focuses more on the acoustic side of jazz with an exciting new quartet that includes pianist Tigran Hamasyan, bassist Chris Jennings and drummer Mark Guiliana. This new recording contrasts the sense of calm and serenity created by Dhafer's mesmeric voice and oud playing with Guiliana's trademark combination of energetic rhythmic multiple layers. The very special mix of musical elements and creative talent produces a new and original soundscape. With the musicians' commitment to exploring and experimenting paired with their subtlety and courage to be silent, it is sure to catch the ear of any attentive listener.