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Al Di Meola - New CD and Tour
Latest News - Music News
Thursday, 17 August 2006
On Consequence of Chaos, the legendary guitar hero and composer Al Di Meola delivers a searing, high caliber recording brimming with colorful and complex arrangements. Due at retail on September 26, 2006, Di Meola’s fifth Telarc album offers a contemporary set of fifteen original, genre-blurring compositions.

While Di Meola has sold more that six million records (including three gold albums) and won countless guitar awards in his prolific career, the jazz fusion pioneer has done something even more important in the process: he’s continued to push himself and his music forward.

“This is really a new and refreshing period for me,” says Di Meola. “This recording marks my return to playing solid-body electric guitar in the context of modern concepts and composition. I love the energy and the fact that I have reconnected to my first love.”

Di Meola’s restlessly creative spirit is joined on Consequence of Chaos by a stellar group of supporting players. Rounding out the core team are keyboardist Mario Parmisano, drummer/percussionist Ernie Adams and percussionist Gumbi Ortiz. The roster of special guests includes pianist Chick Corea, drummer Steve Gadd, keyboardist Barry Miles, bassists John Patitucci and Victor Miranda, and percussionist Kornel Horvath.

“My group has been playing countless years together around the world,” says Di Meola, “and our love of playing is even more evident on this recording.”

The followup to the critically acclaimed Flesh on Flesh (released on Telarc in 2002), Consequence of Chaos was produced by Di Meola and is dedicated to the memory of recording engineer David Baker.

The album begins with the deep grace and forward-thinking lyricism of “San Marco (Moderna)” and “Turquoise,” then shifts to the Eastern overtones of “Tao” and “Black Pearls.” Along the way, Di Meola’s awesome technique manifests itself in many ways: from the paint-peeling guitar work of “Odyssey” and “Red Moon” (one of two tracks featuring Chick Corea) to the challenging rhythmic syncopation of “Hypnose,” Tempest” and “Africana Suite.” Other highlights include the dreamy and introspective “Azucar,” and the heartfelt ballads “Cry for You” and “San Marco Vecchio.”

Di Meola’s electric guitar playing is what first garnered him an international following in the mid-1970s, when the young Berklee student joined Corea’s seminal fusion group Return To Forever.

“Chick was delighted to be a part of the project,” says Di Meola. “I knew he would just tear it up on ‘Red Moon.’ I think it’s some of the best playing I’ve ever heard from him. Our duet piece, ‘Cry for Me,’ was one of the best interactions I’ve ever had with any musician. Chick is truly superhuman on every musical level.”

(Source Telarc  - release date 26 september))

Tourdates 2006
September
09 / 22 / 2006 - NORFOLK, VA - THE ROPER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
09 / 23 / 2006 - SAYREVILLE, NJ - STARLAND BALLROOM
09 / 26 / 2006 - SO. BURLINGTON, VT - HIGHER GROUND
09 / 27 / 2006 - ROCHESTER, NY - WATER STREET MUSIC HALL
09 / 28 / 2006 - PITTSBURGH, PA - MR. SMALL'S THEATRE
09 / 29 / 2006 - NEW YORK, NY - ETHICAL CULTURE CONCERT HALL
09 / 30 / 2006 - ANNAPOLIS, MD - RAM'S HEAD
October
10 / 04 / 2006 - SELLERSVILLE, PA - SELLERSVILLE THEATER
10 / 05 / 2006 - FAIRFIELD, CT - STAGE ONE
10 / 06 / 2006 - BOSTON, MA - BERKLEE PERFORMANCE CENTER
10 / 07 / 2006 - MAMARONECK, NY - THE EMELIN THEATRE
10 / 08 / 2006 - ALBANY, NY - WAMC PERFORMING ARTS
10 / 10 / 2006 - RALEIGH, NC - THE LINCOLN THEATRE
10 / 11 / 2006 - GREENVILLE, SC - THE HANDLEBAR
10 / 13 / 2006 - KENESAW, GA - DOZIER CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS
10 / 14 / 2006 - GERMANTOWN, TN - GERMANTOWN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
10 / 17 / 2006 - FERNDALE, MI - THE MAGIC BAG
10 / 18 / 2006 - CINCINNATI, OH - 20th CENTURY THEATRE
10 / 21 / 2006 - CHARLOTTE, NC - McGLOHON THEATRE of SPIRIT
10 / 22 / 2006 - FALLS CHURCH, VA - THE STATE THEATRE
10 / 27 / 2006 - VILNIUS, LITHUANIA - UPA HALL
10 / 29 / 2006 - SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - UNIVERSITY

November
11 / 02 / 2006 - AZORES, ISLAND OF TERCEIRA - THE FESTIVAL OF RAMO GRANDE
11 / 04 / 2006 - INGOLSTADT,GERMANY - JAZZSTAGE INGOLSTADT
11 / 05 / 2006 - LUNEBURG, GERMANY - KULTURHALLE
11 / 06 / 2006 - BREMEN, GERMANY - GLOCKE THEATER
11 / 07 / 2006 - POTSDAM, GERMANY - NIKOLAI-SAAL
11 / 08 / 2006 - LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY - LEVERKUSENSER JAZZSTAGE
11 / 09 / 2006 - BASEL,SWITZERLAND - FESTSAAL MESSE BASEL
11 / 10 / 2006 - PARIS, FRANCE - NEW MORNING
11 / 11 / 2006 - PARIS, FRANCE - NEW MORNING
11 / 12 / 2006 - DEN HAAG, HOLLAND - WORLD FORUM THEATRE

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 August 2006 )
 
Jade Warrior remasters
Latest News - Music News
Thursday, 17 August 2006

Four Island albums to be remastered for Jade Warrior.

Eclectic Discs has announced that they will be issuing newly-remastered versions of Floating World, Waves, Kites, and Way of the Sun later this year. This is a fully authorized release, legitimately licensed from Universal.

The new versions of these albums will include all of the artwork from the original LPs, fully restored. They will also include new liner notes with a history of the band and a commentary on each individual album (written by yours truly). It's a European/UK release, with copies available in the U.S. via importers.


Release is scheduled for 29 August 2006.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 August 2006 )
 
Paatos dates this Autumn
Latest News - Concert News
Thursday, 17 August 2006

Paatos will be joining Porcupine Tree on a European tour in September.

European tour w/ Porcupine Tree
ACT                                PLACE                                DATE
Teatro Tendastrisce             Rome, Italy                         18-sep
Rolling Stone                      Milan, Italy                          19-sep
Z7                                      Pratteln, Switzerland            21-sep
Muffathalle                         Munich, Germany                22-sep
Garage                              Saarbrucken, Germany        23-sep
Grosse Freiheit 36              Hamburg, Germany             25-sep
Weststadthalle                   Essen, Germany                   26-sep
Paradiso                            Amsterdam, Holland             27-sep
Astoria                              London, UK                         29-sep
Manchester Academy          Manchester, UK                    30-sep
Carling Academy                 Glasgow, UK                    01-okt

 

Paatos touring as headliner

Paatos will be doing a headliner tour shortly after the Porcupine Tree tour.

Paatos headliner tour               

ACT                                PLACE                                DATE
Bergkeller                        Reichenbach, Germany        28-okt
Spirit of 66                        Verviers, Belgium                29-okt
Colos-saal                        Aschaffenburg, Germany    30-okt
Z-7                                 Pratteln, Switzerland            31-okt
Zentrum Altenberg           Oberhausen, Germany          01-nov
13                                   Tilburg, Germany                02-nov
De Boerderij                    Zoetermeer, Netherlands      03-nov
Substage                        Karlsruhe, Germany              04-nov
Nouveau Casino              Paris, France                       05-nov

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 August 2006 )
 
McGill Manring Stevens new CD
Latest News - Music News
Wednesday, 16 August 2006
Mixing a complex blend of heavy fusion, jazz, classical, and progressive rock, Scott McGill, progressive guitarist sets a new standard for guitar virtuosity not often seen in today's world of overnight "rock sensations" and studio-born lip-sync teen supergroups. His unique vision reaches far beyond the conventional formula to create music that is destined to stand the test of time. Scott McGill/Michael Manring/Vic Stevens Scott and his bandmates, Grammy-nominated bassist Michael Manring and drummer Vic Stevens, create a high-energy, high-density wall of blistering and unapologetic jazz-rock fusion, which makes for a challenging and entertaining listen. Their live show retains that energy and more.

McGill/Manring/Stevens - What We Do The new CD "What We Do" from McGill/Manring/Stevens is now available for sale. Like it's predecessor, this is a double CD. The first CD is officially "What We Do," a selection of jazz standards given the MMS touch, mixed and mastered by the legendary David Torn. The second CD is a live recording from 2001.

(http://www.scottmcgill.com/ )

The Lasers Edge writes on the album:

"One night of the band's two-week "Controlled By Radar" tour found Scott McGill, Michael Manring, and Vic Stevens booked into a jazz club in Boston. The fusion trio quickly adapted, adding some choice jazz standards to their set list…but with a twist. They performed these classsics their way – a mixture of straight up jazz, fusion and skronk. The crowd was blown away by the originality and the band's audacity. As the band continued their tour the list of standards in their set grew and the response was always overwhelming. It was decided that the band's third album would be a collection of contemporary jazz standards done the MMS way. These are three virtuoso musicians that had individually and collectively already made their mark in the world of fusion. Why not go back to their roots?

If the band was going to cause a fissure in the fabric of the jazz community why not go all the way? Noted guitarist and texturalist producer David Torn (Jeff Beck, Kaki King) was asked to mix the album. The man behind the Splattercell project was given free reign to take the unmixed session tapes and "do his thing" and that is exactly what he did. The results defy all the standards of what a jazz album should sound like. It's a mutated soundscape that will make the trio villains to some and hopefully heroes to many.

John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Sonny Rollins, among others, composed timeless classics that have been ingrained into the souls of jazz listeners for a generation. "What We Do" takes these compositions, breaks them down and reconstructs them both musically and sonically. It offers a unique and controversial interpretation of these tunes that is pure MMS. What We Do is a punk jazz manifesto for a new generation of jazz fans around the world. "

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 August 2006 )
 
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