Steve Lukather-All's Well That Ends Well
Luke fanatics will already be all over this long awaited new album,but hopefully his recent strong contribution to Lee Ritenour's 6 String Theory album will remind some forgetful guitar fans that Lukather is a fabulous guitarist.
The Jazz Passengers-Reunited
Manhattans masters of smart ass jazz are back with their usual mix of chops and humor. "Reunion" could refer to the fact that former member Marc Ribot is present and accounted for or that occasional collaborators Elvis Costello and Debbie Harry both make appearances.
Guitar fans disappointed in Dimmu Borgir's keyboard heavy recent work will be glad to hear that guitars are very much back in the mix!
Stanley Turrentine-Sugar (Reissue)
Part of CTI Records 40th anniversary reissue program,this Turrentine program features the typically immaculate Creed Taylor sound. Plenty of space is given to George Benson,who will hopefully get his own reissues for the fine work he did for CTI. Contains a bonus live take of the title track.
Brian Setzer Orchestra-Christmas Comes Alive!
Is it Christmas already? I guess it's never to early to stock up on Christmas music when it's chock full of tasty guitar. Hey...since when is "Stray Cat Strut" a Christmas song? Oh well.
Nels Cline-Dirty Baby
Some of you may be rolling your eyes at the idea of music inspired by paintings. The rest of us will enjoy Nels Cline in large ensemble mode,calling in favors to some of his equally non mainstream musician buddies. Inspired by the Ed Ruscha paintings of the same name,Cline offers up a generous two Cd's worth of his fine guitar playing.
California Guitar Trio-Andromeda
CGT celebrates their 20th year as a group with their first album of all original compositions. Guests include Earl Slick and Tony Levin.
Miles Davis-Complete Live at the Blue Coronet 1969
Yeah,I know there's no guitar on this Cd but it's two Cds worth of previously unissued 1969 Miles with Wayne Shorter,Chick Corea,Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette,so if you think I'm missing out on this one,you're out of your mind!
Bruford Levin Upper Extremities-Bruford Levin Upper Extremities and Blue Night
Welcome reissues of the hard to find 1999 self-titled and 2000 live albums from the jazz rock supergroup.
On one hand,each player brings only what you'd expect to the party,Bruford and Levin in full Crimson mode,trumpeter Chris Botti is moody and ethereal,guitarist David Torn is in his loopy,texture laden glory. On the other hand,the music does seem to add up to more than the sum of it's parts for a satisfying fusion stew.
Lancy Falta Gypsy Stream
With his combination of blistering solos and warm,thick tone Falta bends gypsy jazz well beyond traditional borders. Check out his version of Jaco's "Teen Town"!
Pat Martino-Footprints + Exits (reissue)
Whats better than a reissue of Martino's absolutely essential Footprints album? How about Footprints AND the Exits album all on one Cd. Yes,please.
Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks-Crazy for Christmas
Looking for something a little less traditional for this years Christmas music? This should do the trick. Hicks eccentric humor sometime obscures the tight,well arranged music underneath but you're not fooled,are you?