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Jam on Guitars
     

Jam on Guitars

 
This compilation of some of the jammier guitar tracks culled from the prog-oriented Magna Carta label looks like a quickie job. There are no liner notes, credits list the musicians on each of the dozen tracks but oddly omit songwriters, and the cover art isn't exactly world-class. Still, there is plenty to enjoy on this sampler likely thrown together with the hopes

Overview

This compilation of some of the jammier guitar tracks culled from the prog-oriented Magna Carta label looks like a quickie job. There are no liner notes, credits list the musicians on each of the dozen tracks but oddly omit songwriters, and the cover art isn't exactly world-class. Still, there is plenty to enjoy on this sampler likely thrown together with the hopes that once you get a taste for the featured tune, you'll spring for the artist's release. Names such as Steve Morse, Charlie Hunter, Alex Skolnick, and Will Bernard are likely familiar to shred and/or jazz guitar fans. Others, like Oz Noy, Chris Poland, Michael Lee Firkins, and Bill Cutler, not so much. The music ranges from the funky yet straight-ahead jazz of Skolnick's "Scorch" to Fareed Haque's east India drone "Gulab Jammin'," and the Clinton Administration's hard funk cover of "Flashlight." All but one are instrumentals, the exception being the closing track, "Starlight Jamboree." This ballad, credited to Bill Cutler, is a schmaltzy tribute to Jerry Garcia, who appears from the grave to donate an overdubbed solo. Despite good intentions, it's the album's weakest song by a large margin. Elsewhere, Tishamingo does a good approximation of Santana on "Rome," and Ozric Tentacles takes off with its patented techno-space rock groove on "Disdots." Mike Stern, who is oddly absent from the cover credits, spars with Oz Noy on the driving "Downside Up," the disc's longest, most intense, and arguably most complex performance. The eclectic nature of the selections works in favor of the album's intent. Even though the styles and genres are varied, the focus on guitars and innovative playing remains constant. Despite its cut-rate appearance, this is a consistently enjoyable listen as a label sampler and should introduce at least a few new names to most jam guitar aficionados for further exploration. In that respect, mission accomplished.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/13/2009
Label:
Magna Carta
UPC:
0614286231821
catalogNumber:
862318
Rank:
301477

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Garcia   Guitar
Steve Morse   Guitar
Fareed Haque   Guitar
Mike Stern   Guitar
Phil Upchurch   Guitar
Chris Poland   Guitar
Michael Lee Firkins   Guitar
Matt Abts   Drums
Will Bernard   Guitar
Russell Bond   Percussion
Anton Fig   Drums
James Genus   Bass
Melvin Gibbs   Bass
Andy Hess   Bass
Charlie Hunter   Guitar
Mark Karan   Guitar
Dave LaRue   Bass
Chuck Leavell   Keyboards
Eric Levy   Keyboards
Van Romaine   Drums
Alex Skolnick   Guitar
Clyde Stubblefield   Drums
Ed Wynne   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar
David Perper   Drums
Jonathan Paul   Bass
Barry Sless   Pedal Steel Guitar
Robert Walter   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Skerik   Saxophone
DJ Logic   Turntables
Dan Leali   Drums
Stanton Moore   Drums
Keith Carlock   Drums
Bill Cutler   Guitar,Vocals
Jess Franklin   Guitar
Joe Russo   Drums
Cameron Williams   Guitar
Jay Cappo   Keyboards
Kai Eckhardt   Bass
Joel Cummins   Keyboards
Jake Cinninger   Guitar
Nathan Peck   Double Bass
Chuck Prada   Percussion
Matt Zebroski   Drums
Kit Potamkin   Piano
Richard Proctor   Drums
Pat Campbell   Bass
Kalyan Pathak   Percussion,Tabla,Vocals
Oz Noy   Guitar
Kris Myers   Drums
Charlie Hitchcock   Guitar
Dan Nimmer   fender rhodes
Brandi Wynne   Group Member
Kit Potamkin   Piano
Robertino Pagliari   Bass
Charlie Hitchcock   Guitar

Technical Credits

Mike Varney   Executive Producer
Peter Morticelli   Executive Producer

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