Jam on Guitars

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/2009
  • Label: Magna Carta
  • UPC: 614286231821
  • Catalog Number: 862318
  • Sales rank: 246,183

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Took the Words Right Outta My Mouth - Michael Lee Firkins (4:56)
  2. 2 Free in the Park - Steve Morse (4:35)
  3. 3 Scorch - Alex Skolnick (7:14)
  4. 4 Dance to the Music - The Clinton Administration (4:32)
  5. 5 Gulab Jammin - The Fareed Haque Group (5:46)
  6. 6 Downside Up - Oz Noy (8:26)
  7. 7 Lake Shore Drive - Ohmphrey (8:19)
  8. 8 Flashlight - The Clinton Administration (6:54)
  9. 9 Dump Truck - Robert Walter's 20th Congress (4:13)
  10. 10 Rome - Tishamingo (5:58)
  11. 11 Disdots - Ozric Tentacles (6:50)
  12. 12 Starlite Jamboree - Bill Cutler (4:15)
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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
Dan Leali Drums
Technical Credits
Mike Varney Executive Producer
Peter Morticelli Executive Producer
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