John Kelman has a review up of the Ultimate Zero Tour - Live album at All About Jazz. The 2-disc set features songs recorded during the prog-rock super group's 2009 tours. The various lineups on the disc include bandleader Eddie Jobson - violin and keys, John Wetton - bass, vocals and acoustic guitar, Greg Howe - guitar, Tony Levin - Chapman Stick, Trey Gunn - touch guitar, Ric Fierabracci - bass, and Marco Minnemann & Simon Phillips - drums.
Greg Howe has scheduled the following clinic tour dates for Europe in 2011. More dates are pending. Visit Howe's official site for updates.
March 1st Nancy, France Music Academy International March 2nd Liestal, Switzerland Musique Favre March 3rd Bordeaux, France Le CIAM March 4th Bristol, U.K BIMM March 5th Torino, Italy Merula Music Store March 6th Roccaforzata, Italy Go West Saloon March 7th Naples, Italy GoodFellas Pub March 9th Geneva, Switzerland The Works March 10th London, U.K ICMP The Institute March 11th Milano, Italy Lucky Music Store March 12th Kavala, Greece Nemesis Guitar School March 13th Kavala, Greece Nemesis Guitar School March 14th Aschaffenburg, Germany Future Music School
Jas Obrecht has posted a previously unpublished interview he conducted with Twiggs Lyndon in 1978. Twiggs was the road manager for the Dixie Dregs and the Allman Bros back in the 70s, and was the inspiration for the Dregs classic "Twiggs Approved." The interview took place at a Dregs show, and features lots of discussion regarding the band's gear. There is also a section on a Les Paul that Twiggs had that was previously owned by Duane Allman (Steve Morse also played the guitar on several old Dregs tracks). Great read.
More footage from the Sept 2nd 2010 "DiMarzio Day" event at Musician's Institute. With Greg Howe (guitar), Marco Minnemann (drums), Jude Gold (guitar) and Billy Sheehan (bass). This clip features snippets from "Kick It All Over" and "Proto Cosmos," as well as some discussion with Sheehan.
The Japanese music site Targie.com has a cool video interview up with Michael Landau and Robben Ford. The interview was conducted on 8/26/10 at the Blue Note in Tokyo when Renegade Creation was in town for a string of gigs. The Targie website also has some great info on Landau and Ford's gear. See link below for the English translation of the page, which includes a link to the video.
Leaf Juice (Vectordisc) is Ray Ferretti’s follow up to his 2009 debut Nice View (Vectordisc). It’s a strong sophomore release for the Philadelphia-based fusion guitarist, as it showcases a natural progression in his writing, playing, and use of guitar tones. Ferretti largely goes it alone on the new disc - providing all of the guitar and bass, the drum programming, plus most of the keyboards - though he is joined sparingly by co-producer Ron Thomas on electric piano and synths (two tracks), pianist Jonas Aras (one track), and vocalist Kristi Lynn Kosh (one track).
Ferretti is a jazz rock fusion musician through and through. That is to say - no matter what other styles he brings to the table, he’s usually fusing them with jazz-flavored harmony, and rock guitar tones or rhythms. Funk is one such style that Ferretti utilizes quite effectively on Leaf Juice. “Henso,” “Chris Funker,” and the Oz Noy-like “Where’s My Car” all feature great funk grooves, mixed with jazzy lines and heavy tones. “Namaste Nepal” has Ferretti mixing in some “tropical” influences on a piece that sounds very much like something Frank Gambale might write. Kristi Lynn Kosh provides some nice vocal accents on this track as well. Other songs such as “The Crooked Straight” and “Dr. Pizza” lean in more rock-oriented directions, yet still include shades of jazz (the overlapping guitar lines leading up to Ferretti’s go-for-broke solo on “Dr. Pizza” is one of the best moments on the album).
Leaf Juice includes some nice ballads as well, such as “Dancing With The Angels,” and “Song For My Mother.” Both feature great writing and playing, though Ferretti relies solely on his clean tones for “Dancing With The Angels” for an airy, pared down mood, whereas “Song For My Mother” is more keyboard oriented and includes some high-gain guitar work.
Overall, the strongest song on Leaf Juice may be its title track which features great solos by both Ferretti and keyboardist Ron Thomas, cool chord changes, and a solid “west coast jazz” feel.
All of the percussion on the album is provided by Ferretti’s drum programming. While this usually suits the song fine (and is often impressive in its complexity), some pieces - such as the rhythmically busy “One Easy Step” - would benefit greatly from the touch and feel of a real drummer. Still, as was the case with Nice View, Leaf Juice is a fine showcase of Ferretti’s compositional and playing skills, and is quite an accomplishment considering the tools he had at hand.
Ray Ferretti - Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Drum Programming Ron Thomas - Electric Piano, Synths Jonas Aras - Electric Piano Kristi Lynn Kosh - Voice
1. The Crooked Straight 2. Voices 3. Namaste Nepal 4. Dancing With The Angels 5. Chris Funker 6. Leaf Juice 7. Eyzs Know 8. Ant Knee 9. Song For My Mother 10. Henso 11. Dr. Pizza 12. Where's My Car 13. One Easy Step 14. Bored Under Water
The Carl Verheyen Band will release a new live DVD entitled The Road Divides in mid January 2011. The disc includes a performance at Hollywood's Musician's Institute from June 2010, and bonus footage from The Canyon Club in LA from November 2010. The disc is curently available for pre-order through Verheyen's website.