Now that you can get ridonkulous amounts of disk space for a couple of cereal box tops and a self-addressed/stamped envelope, Live365 has passed on these savings to us broadcasters…
What does this mean to you?
Hours and hours of additional great music on FusionGroovin!
Specifically, nearly fifteen hours (for starters, more to come) of great tunes, including many of your favorites from the past from bands like Tribal Tech, Taboo Voodoo, The Jazz Pistols, Matalex and more.
And here’s to Greg Howe, playing Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish” as I type this… one of the funkiest and tastiest remakes I’ve ever heard. As soon as his new album is out, it will be all over FusionGroovin.
Find 9 minutes to check out this smokin’ video of Cosmosquad’s “Epapo Funk”, one of FusionGroovin’s favorites on the playlists. Recorded live at Baked Potato on 02/12/2004, with Jeff Kollman on guitar, Shane Gaalaas on drums and Paul Shannon on bass.
I just came across a fantastically well-written piece by the highly entertaining Gary Willis, making the case against file sharing, or as he calls it, “unpaid downloading”.
FusionGroovin will continue to, as it has from day one, purchase every tune played on the station, unless it was directly submitted by the artist. We listeners of jazz-rock fusion must support the artists whose work we so enjoy. What right do any of us have to imply or demand that their work be delivered to our ears for free?
Many of my absolute favorite fusion recordings are from trios, and this disc immediately makes that list. Check out eight perfect-for-FusionGroovin tracks, from Tom Burda on guitar, Joe Hanley on Hammond organ, and Jed Devine on drums.
Another outstanding trio recording to add to the list (and this one being live to boot), with Charles David Stuart on drums and percussion, Duffy King on guitar, James Simonson on Bass and Mark Byerly on trumpet. Seven tracks, not to be missed.
Check out six tracks off of Jeff’s latest tribute disc, this time to Jeff Beck. Jeff plays rhythm and solo guitar, and is joined by Vinnie Colaiuta and Simon Phillips on drums, Stu Hamm on Bass, Mitchel Forman on keyboards, and a different solo guitarist on each track, including (in addition to Jeff), Steve Morse, John Scofield, Eric Johnson, Adam Rogers, Mike Stern, Warren Haynes, Chris Duarte, Greg Howe and Walter Trout.
Check out four tracks off of Richard Hallebeek’s self titled disc “Richard Hallebeek Project”. Featuring Richard Hallebeek on guitar, Lale Larson on keyboards, Udo Pannekeet on bass, Bas Cornelissen on drums, with special guests Shawn Lane and Brett Garsed on additional guitar.
Another trio, another great disc. OK, so there will be moments on this disc where you think I’ve slipped in some organ outtakes off of ELP’s “Tarkus” — Hammond lovers take note. The lineup is Jeff Babko on keys, Jeff Coffin on woodwinds and Vinnie on drums. One listen will reaffirm these guys as masters of their craft. Be sure to check out Jeff’s notes on the album, and enjoy four completely distinctive tracks out on the station.