Guitarists and fans of guitar based music have a special treat coming soon in the form of
John Jorgenson's triple CD set "Divertuoso".
The word "epic" is tossed around too frequently these days without recognition of the original sense of its meaning; a grand scale poem such as Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey" or the Hindu classic "Mahabharta" . Jorgenson's heroic effort truly deserves to be called Epic as each of the three chapters are completely distinct styles.
Robben Ford's new release "Into The Sun" draws the listener in from the opening track
"Rose Of Sharon" with a lazy, behind the beat groove and tasty fills and solos, like floating down a gently winding sonic river of blues. Ford's smooth vocals make the tracks quite radio friendly but his true voice comes through most clearly on the gorgeous and raunchy guitar tones. Ford also treats fans to some well chosen co-conspirators; Keb Mo and Robert Randolph bring a deep gospel-blues authenticity to "Justified". "Breath Of Me" showcases a bit jazzier side and ZZ Ward's sultry vocals play a perfect counterpoint to Robben's smokey languid fills.
Steve Vai's new concert DVD, "Stillness In Motion," showcases Vai and Band at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on October 12th of 2012. It's a fantastic sort of homecoming for Vai and crew following an exhaustive tour during which they criss-crossed the globe. This was the 49th concert of the tour and viewers will appreciate how the previous 48 shows fostered a cohesion of the band. We get a balance of early tour energy with the absolute confidence of a group truly performing as a single unit.
After the last echoes of the cacophonous din subsided in Anaheim's annual NAMM show Gary Hoey, Matt Scurfield and AJ Pappas took the stage at the Gaslamp Club in nearby Long Beach. An enthusiastic crowd filled the room as Hoey and
band established a cool hypnotic groove with ethereal moans and wails from a very Pagey
looking Les Paul . Once the crowd was entranced the groove exploded into a smokin' version of "Goin Down" that would make Jeff Beck proud. For the first part of the set Gary wielded the Gibson to great effect.