InstruMentalCase.com has posted an interview with guitarist Prashant Aswani. Prashant teaches at GIT, and just re-released his 1998 album "Revelation". The new release, entitled "Revelation: Fully Loaded" features 3 new tracks that did not appear on the original album.
The 2007 incarnation of G3 will feature Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, and Paul Gilbert (!) The new tour will kick off March 14th in Phoenix, with more US dates throughout March and April. There are 5 dates confirmed so far, with more to follow shortly.
The Allan Holdsworth & Alan Pasqua Live at Yoshi's DVD is now available for pre-order directly from the Altitude Digital website. This short clip is one of several from the DVD that Altitude Digital has uploaded to YouTube. The DVD was recorded live at Yoshi's in Oakland California last year, during a tour Holdsworth and Pasqua did with Chad Wackerman (drums), and Jimmy Haslip (bass). On the tour, the band played material from the old Tony Williams New Lifetime band, which Holdsworth and Pasqua were both members of. The show was filmed in HD, but it's not clear from the pre-order page if this is a standard DVD, or an HD-DVD. I'm assuming it's standard. There's no release date listed either, but all indications are it should be released soon.
2/2/07 Update: The release date should be March 6th or 13th, and it's confirmed to be a standard DVD. Check out this thread on the Holdsworth forum for more info.
Keyboardist Derek Sherinian has posted a message on the official Planet X forum regarding the long-awaited new Planet X album. The album will be called "Quantum", and should be released this summer. Allan Holdsworth appears on 2 tracks - "The Thinking Of Stones" and "Desert Girl". Bassist Jimmy Johnson is on the album as well, playing on "She Tyranny", "Poland" and "Alien Hip Hop".
I'm a little surprised that Holdsworth only plays on 2 songs. It originally appeared that Holdsworth would have a more prominent role on the album. Then we learned Brett Garsed plays on a few songs. Now it looks like Garsed is the main guitarist, with Holdsworth playing on just 2 tracks as a "guest". This album has been in the works for a long time now, but it should be worth the wait.
Keyboardist Steve Weingart (Dave Weckl Band, El Grupo) recently released his second solo album, "Dark Blue Dream" (Skeewa Music). Joining Weingart on this album are Frank Gambale - guitar, Jimmy Earl - bass, and Tom Brechtlein - drums; with guest appearances by Ernie Watts - sax, Ronnie Gutierrez - percussion, and Renee Jones (Weingart's wife) - bass and vocals (there's no lyrics on the album, but Jones sings some supporting melodies on 2 tracks). I really liked Weingart's work with Steve Lukather's El Grupo band, and Frank Gambale is one of my favorites, so I was eager to check this disc out.
The album features full band tunes, plus some compositions that Weingart
put together completely on the computer. The group performances on the
band tunes were all recorded live in the studio; a cool approach for a
fusion record. Weingart later added some effects while mixing the
tracks. The whole album has a west-coast feel to it, but it's very
fresh. The combination of Weingart's writing, his use of ambient sound effects, and the live band recordings give the album a very "new" sound.
The opening track, "Night Visitor", is one of the strongest tunes on the
album. The main melody is great, and Gambale takes a nice solo over
some cool changes. Plus, there's some intertwined guitar/keyboard lines
in this song that almost give it a prog-rock feel in places. "3 Till Dawn" really shows Weingart's strengths as a composer and arranger as well. This tune is chock-full of great chords and melodies.
"Dark Blue Dream" has a cool deep-funk groove. I love the way Gambale
builds his solo on this piece. He starts with a measured approach,
playing some sparse bluesy phrases with lots of space, before kicking
it up a notch with some nice sweep patterns. Gambale
also sounds great on "Pursuit"; a wicked funk tune where the band
sounds tight and well-rehearsed.
"Outside In (Part 1)" is a good example of how the live-in-the-studio approach really enhances the band tunes. Gambale and Weingart do some nice trading-off in the tune, and it definitely has a "live" feel. This is some of Gambale's best work on the album. For "Outside In (Part 2)", Weingart took some of Gambale's guitar lines from Part 1 and created an entirely new piece using drum loops and synth sounds. Pretty cool.
this is a very fresh-sounding album. A lot of keyboard-heavy jazz
fusion records sound stuffy to me, but that's not the case here at all.
Weingart's writing and playing are great, and his use of effects and different synth sounds always keep things interesting. And if you're a Frank Gambale
fan, you'll definitely want to pick this up. He plays some great stuff
here, and knowing his solos were done live with the band make them all
the more impressive.
Former Spock's Beard frontman Neal Morse will release his 4th prog-rock solo album, Sola Scriptura, on February 26th. Joining Neal on this album are Mike Portnoy on drums, Randy George on bass, and special guest Paul Gilbert on guitar. Here are some links with more info:
Scott Henderson has listed the following "confirmed" tour dates on his website for spring 2007:
March 15 Athens, Greece - Athina Club
March 16 Athens, Greece - Athina Club March 17 Athens, Greece - Athina Club March 19 Prague, Czech Rep - Lucerna Music Bar March 20 Ostrava, Czech Rep - Parnik Club March 21 Plzen, Czech Rep - House Of Blues March 25 Urbania, Italy - Teatro "D.Bramanta" March 26 Foggia, Italy - Cafeteria Del Centro March 27 Pontassieve, Italy - Teatro Accademia March 28 Rubiera, Italy - Teatro Herberia March 30 Forli', Italy - Naima Club March 31 Velden, Austria - Bluesiana Rock Cafe April 1 Graz, Austria - Generalmusikdirektion April 3 Istanbul, Turkey