Archive for December, 2006

Guthrie Govan – Erotic Cakes

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Erotic Cakes

Guitarist Guthrie Govan’s “Erotic Cakes” is a scorcher pure and simple. Some of the tunes on this album are just flat out more metallic than FusionGroovin’s sound. But the five tracks I’ve added are perfectly within the vein of intense groove-driven fusion. Guthrie’s liner notes for each track, and on his gear “for the hardcore guitar contingent…”, are particularly notable and fun.

The Exchange

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

The Exchange

Drummer Mike Nappi’s “The Exchange” is one classy album, definitely more on the “jazz” side of the jazz-rock-funk FusionGroovin troika, from which I’m playing two tracks. “Slack” features Jonathan Ball on sax, Dan Asher on bass, Alan Eicher providing the keyboard foundation of a great melody and groove, and tasty solos from all three. “Bizelsnitch” was recorded live as an improv(!) — check out how this tune steadily cranks its way up. Nappi’s drumming defines finesse throughout.

You can buy The Exchange’s self-titled disc at CD Baby, or download individual tracks from iTunes.

Cooper Tisdale & Friends – Live in Atlanta

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Cooper Tisdale & Friends Live in Atlanta

Bold? Complex? Tasty? All three would have to apply to Cooper Tisdale’s debut release and the six instrumental tracks just added to the playlists. Cooper plays with a lyrical quality that reminded me of some combination of Robben Ford and Eric Johnson. If you happen to jump into the beginning of “E.J.”, you might we’ve gone “smooth jazz” — trust me, keep listening.

Talkin’ With You

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

Just caught a listen of “Talkin’ With You”, by Robert Davis. Does wah-wah get any better than that? If it does, let me know so I can get it on the station!

Scott Kinsey – Kinesthetics

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Scott Kinsey Kinesthetics

One listen through Scott’s debut solo album instantly answers the question of where a major portion of Tribal Tech’s sound came from in their later years. But to label the disc soley as “jazz fusion” would barely do the music justice, as the genres are all over the map. Kinsey’s style is unmistakable. This is some of the most original sounding keyboard work I’ve heard in years — a fantastic album.

Doug Johns

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Doug Johns
I remember meeting Doug at the 2005 NAMM show in LA, after watching him play as a literal “one man band”, playing his six-string bass along with a high-hat. To say the crowd was impressed would be quite the understatement. In a rarity for the station, I’m playing nearly the entirety of his debut album.

Michael Landau Group Live

Thursday, December 21st, 2006


Long time listeners will no doubt recognize the “heavy rotation” of Michael Landau’s work. Without a doubt, his sound represents some of the tastiest playing ever to cross a pair of speakers. I’m adding three tracks from Disc 2, where he’s joined by a host of equally tasty players: Gary Novak and Toss Panos on drums, Chris Roy and Jimmy Johnson on bass, and Scott Kinsey on keys.

Thank you, artists and listeners

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

Welcome to FusionGroovin’s new site, and this blog. It’s been nearly five, very exciting and inspiring years. FusionGroovin has taken off beyond my expectations, but has confirmed my long-held suspicion of the huge audience for this amazing music. It seems most appropriate for this first post to be dedicated to the people who make the station possible — the artists — and to the thousands listeners from around the world who’ve kept a steady streaming of encouraging e-mails flowing each week. You’ve made it all possible, and the success of the station is a testimony to you. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t send a big thanks to Live365 — the people who literally made a dream come true.

I hope the new site will provide an even better medium for building the FusionGroovin community. Check back often for announcements of new music and station news… starting right now.