LATEST NEWS and NOTES:
Major announcement soon!
I just finished writing the liner notes for an exciting upcoming Larry Coryell and Eleventh House album.
"This is not some nostalgia trip. This is not retro. This is contemporary hard-driving instrumental music sporting its own id. Diamond Dust is how a 21st century power trio should sound."- That is what I have to say about Diamond Dust's It's That Time.
Guitar Channel interviewed me here.
Read my interview with Carlos Santana here.
I highly, highly recommend Wolfgang Schalk's remixed and remastered "The Second Third Man"... and not just because I wrote the liner notes! Wolfgang is one of the finest and most creative guitarists we have. Add legend Michael Brecker and a fine band interpreting Schalk's provocative compositions and you have a wondrous result! I would not lie to you... Buy it here.
Conduit, guitarist Greg Diamond’s latest album is aptly named. A swirling solution of disparate styles and genres flows all through this music. Diamond can lay down husky bebop lines, sound like a nasty Carlos Santana or play it gentle. (And that is just on the first 3 tunes!) Saxophonists Seamus Blake and Brian Hoggins, pianist Mike Eckroth, bassist Edward Perez, drummer Henry Cole and conga player Mauricio Herrara are more than worthy compatriots in the non-homogeneous mixture that will have your head on a swivel one moment and your heart in your hand the next. Conduit does not fit easily into any category except really good music. Check out Greg's website.
I just interviewed Steve Howe, the legendary Yes guitarist, for my upcoming updated Mahavishnu Orchestra eBook!
I spoke with drummer Carmine Appice after a fantastic performance with Vanilla Fudge at TCAN. What a nice guy! I learned that his two all-time favorite bands are The Police and The Mahavishnu Orchestra.
I have an article at the Guitar Channel about the 40th Anniversary of the rise of the Mahavishnu Orchestra! Go to http://tinyurl.com/7no3aja
The exceedingly gifted guitarist Raul Mannola has a new album out. The album, Inner Visions of Flamenco, features both acoustic and electric guitars to produce a unique flamenco amalgam. Read about Raul, his new album and tour here
It was a real pleasure to be speak with Ian Patterson of allaboutjazz. The results are found in this in-depth interview.
I acted as guest blogger at Jazzstage.net. Read the blog here.
I heard the great bass player Tony Grey and his band at the Regattabar in Cambridge. Read more about this remarkable musician and his new album at his website.
Yet another fantastic review! I am so touched. This time out, the legendary rock critic and author Steven Rosen takes a turn. Read here.
Ian Patterson of allaboutjazz.com loves the book! Read here.
A rave review from Guitar International! Read here.
I was on Tom Gagliardi's Philadelphia radio and Internet show. As usual, had a great time. The interview is archived here!
Both evocative and in the here and now, veteran guitarist Joe Guido Walsh's Nothing Left To Say will appeal to fusion fans, progressive rockers and any listener with a clue.