January 13th Rose Live - Brooklyn, NY January 25th 3rd and Lindsley - Nashville, TN January 28th 55 Bar - New York, NY Februarypossible Yoshi's - Oakland, CA February Asia Tour Aprilpossible Highline Ballroom, New York, NY May Europe Tour
April 6th Berlin, Quasimodo April 7th Hamburg, Fabrik April 8th NL-Amsterdam, Paradiso April 9th NL-Zoetermeer, Boerderij April 10th Münster, Jovel April 11th NL-Groningen, Oosterpoort April 12th B-Limbourg, Salle Le Kursaal April 13th Bonn, Harmonie April 14th Ludwigshafen, KUZ dashaus April 15th NL-Eindhoven, MC Frits Philips April 16th Karlsruhe, Tollhaus April 17th A-Dornbirn, Spielboden April 18th I-Milano, Live Club April 21st A-Vienna, Planet.tt April 22nd CZ-Ostrava, Ostrava April 23rd CZ-Prague, Lucerna Music Bar April 24th PL-Opole, Open Air
With another year drawing to a close, the time has comeonceagain to reflect back on all the great music that was released over the past 12 months. Here are my favorite albums of 2009, in no particular order.
Nice View (Vectordisc) is the debut release from
Philadelphia-based guitarist Ray Ferretti. It's an ambitious collection
of original fusion instrumentals that run the gamut from heavy,
riff-based tunes to lighter jazzy fare. Ferretti provides all the
guitar, bass, and drum loops on the album, and plays some keyboards as
well. Joining Ferretti are co-producer Richard Burton on Keys, Ron
Thomas on Keys, Jonas Aras on Piano, and Devan Andre on Flute.
Ferretti is a fine player - well-versed in jazz harmony and smooth
legato techniques - his writing skills are probably his greatest
strength. Compositionally, the majority of Nice View is geared
towards a modern fusion-vibe, and when Ferretti really hits the mark
with that style - as he does with "On and On" for example - the results
are as strong and realized as something you might hear on, say, a CAB
album. I'm certain if Ferretti's band featured a live rhythm section, he'd be able to hit that mark more consistently -
especially if their skills were on par with his or Richard Burton's
abilities. Still, that Ferretti was able to craft an album of often
complex fusion music without the luxury of a fleshed out band is quite
In addition to "On and On," tracks such as "Meet My Mind" and "Not Shore" are further examples of standout fusion. These are high-octane tunes,
loaded with convoluted sixteenth-note lines - often doubled with the
synth - and great improv (Ron Thomas' solo on "Meet My Mind" is one of
the album's highlights). There's more than just fusion on Nice View
however - "Seven Heaven" is a fine acoustic jazz piece, while "Song For
Elizabeth" is a pure ballad that utilizes Devan Andre's flute playing
to great effect.
When is comes to guitar tones, Ferretti employs
a high-gain distorted sound on most of the tracks, but he sounds
stronger to me when he chooses a lighter tone, as he does for
"Something Beautiful Something Not" or "Husband and Wife." His solos
breath a bit more on these tracks, due in large part to the snappy,
dynamic tones he employs.
Nice View is an impressive feat
for Ray Ferretti. This album obviously took a lot of hard work and
dedication, though next time around, I'd like to see him throw his
music at a monster rhythm section and see the results.
Ray Ferretti - Guitars, Bass, Keyboards & Drum Loops Richard Burton - Keyboards Ron Thomas - Keyboards, Piano Jonas Aras - Piano Devan Andre - Flute
1. Meet My Mind 2. Hive Got It 3. Slow Day 4. Something Beautiful Something Not 5. Not Shore 6. Nice View 7. Sonik Funk 8. Confused and Alert 9. Husband and Wife 10. On and On 11. One Way Out 12. Seven Heaven 13. Eye Don't Know 14. Song for Elizabeth 15. Kinda Blue Too (jam) 16. Just Kidding
The 2010 Winter NAMM show is fast approaching! The industry-only music instrument trade show runs from January 14th through January 17th in Anaheim, CA. I'll be attending NAMM again this year, and I'm super excited. This will be my 7th NAMM show overall, and it's always a great time. If you're interested, my pics from the last two NAMM shows can be seen here and here. Also check out the posts tagged NAMM for past reports and videos.
One of my favorite parts of the NAMM show experience are all the amazing gigs that take place around town during the week of the show. There's so much great stuff going on, it's often hard to decide what to see and what to pass up. For the past couple of weeks, I've been compiling a list of shows taking place during NAMM that Guitar Channel readers may be interested in seeing. The list can be found on it's own page, which I've linked below and in the Site Map section (upper right). I'll continue to update the list as NAMM draws closer, so check back often!
The following tour dates have been posted on John McLaughlin's official website. McLaughlin will be playing with his 4th Dimension band for these gigs (Etienne Mbappé - Bass, Gary Husband - Keyboards & Drums, Mark Mondesir - Drums).
22/04/10 Nice Conservatoire de Nice France 23/04/10 Bremen Jazz Ahead Germany 25/04/10 Gronau Jazz Fest Germany 27/04/10 Tbilissi Tbilissi Concert Hall Georgia 28/04/10 Yerevan Armenia 29/04/10 Darmstadt Central Station Germany 30/04/10 Kaiserslautern Kammgarn Germany
01/05/10 Kempten Kemptener Jazz Frühling Germany 03/05/10 Thonex, Switzerland 04/05/10 Luxembourg Den Atelier Luxembourg 05/05/10 Rottweil Jazzfest, Alte Stallhalle Germany 06/05/10 Barcelona Palau de la Musica Spain 08/05/10 Uppsala Uppsala Guitar Festival Sweden 09/05/10 Vara Sweden 10/05/10 Liverpool UK 11/05/10 London Barbican UK 12/05/10 Norwich UK 14/05/10 Coutances Coutances Jazz FestivalFrance 15/05/10 Paris Salle Pleyel France 17/05/10 Bucharest Romania 18/05/10 Istanbul Is bank Sanat Hall Turkey 19/05/10 Roma Salla Santa Cecila Italy 21/05/10 Catania Italy 22/05/10 Wien WienerKonzertHaus Austria
A low-quality video of Wayne Krantz, Keith Carlock, and Tim Lefebvre playing "War-torn Johhny" at Sullivan's in NYC on 12/9/09. The audio is so-so in this clip, but I figured it was worth posting. Krantz becomes easier to hear in the solo section.