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by John Kindred - Publisher – Seven-string guitar virtuoso Michael Abdow returns with his sophomore instrumental solo effort titled Life Symbolic. At this stage of his career, Abdow offers 10 instrumental songs that were written and recorded over the last three years. The songs evolved from [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – These days when rock is losing its Dionysian steam and ditches its earnest romanticism, other genres lure in those looking for some back-to-the-basics essentials. The Stimulators may not aim at cutting-edge experimentation, but the way they warm your [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – This polished combination of smooth jazz, pop, rock, and fusion should be at the top of this year’s compulsory viewing of each guitar nerd on the planet. And I’m talking about rockers especially, because if you’re a rock fan looking for a first [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Cleopatra Records/Purple Pyramid Records have put together a two-disc collection of rare and unreleased recordings of the late Tommy Bolin titled Whirlwind. Bolin’s brief career was cut short upon his death in 1976. As an artist, he accomplished quite a lot in [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Here’s a surprise: front-runners of highbrow math metal suddenly put their rational calculations on the backburner to release an album of remarkable emotional depth. The second record by prog metal trio Abnormal Thought Patterns (and their first [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – French guitar guru Christophe Godin continues on his cultural deconstruction mission with the trademark mixture of virtuosity and kooky humor. Most know Godin as the leader of the now legendary outfit Mörglbl – the most original, if not the best, [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Layers of knowledge – not only of music, but of life – are distilled into this unhurried album so naturally, Clapton’s finesse now seems completely innate, not acquired. At times it sounds as if you are listening to a collective popular music mind, [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Venturing to widen his ever-expanding musical horizons even further, Paul Gilbert on his new solo release is stepping outside of his stylistic comfort zone with trademark diligence. Apart from surprising his fans with unexpected jazz fusion detours, [...]