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Ali Neander (feat. Hellmut Hattler)

Ali Neander

Jazz Fusion & Jazz Rock - Released January 5, 2011 | ESC Records

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Manhattan Sessions Part 1

Barry Finnerty

Jazz Fusion & Jazz Rock - Released June 14, 2010 | ESC Records

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Step Inside Love - a Jazzy Tribute to the Beatles

Various Artists

Jazz - Released January 1, 2008 | ESC Records

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The past inside the present

Gianfranco Continenza

Jazz Fusion & Jazz Rock - Released January 1, 2008 | ESC Records

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Mahavishnu Re-defined - a Tribute to John Mclaughlin & the Mahavishnu Orchestra

Various Artists

Jazz Fusion & Jazz Rock - Released January 1, 2008 | ESC Records

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Tritone Barriers

Gerald Gradwohl

Jazz Fusion & Jazz Rock - Released January 1, 2007 | ESC Records

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Free Speech

Ahmad Mansour

Jazz Fusion & Jazz Rock - Released January 1, 2007 | ESC Records

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Save the Moon

Mike Miller

Jazz Fusion & Jazz Rock - Released January 1, 2006 | ESC Records

The playful cover art immediately draws your attention -- it's like wacky video game characters, including a Planet of the Ape guy -- but it might not give off the right impression of the nature of this disc, which is a hip fusion explosion led by one of L.A.'s most ubiquitous guitar heroes who is known mostly as a first-call sideman. Though there's rhythm and melody to spare, the best way to describe Miller's brand of eclecticism is experimental rock. Over a bouncy bed of blues organ laid by Mitch Forman, Miller lives up to the title of "The Sky Lights Up," modulating his electric strings at different pitches while tweaking out a melody line over the moody grooves. "Beatnik" is less involving melodically, but has an irresistibly creepy groove, featuring Jimmy Johnson's throbbing low-end bass and the trombone harmonies of Bruce Fowler. The title track works as a funky rock-flavored anthem without words, highlighted by a sizzling duet by Miller and Fowler at their most intense. After the intentionally abrasive distorted guitar piece "Rocket Dog," a moody cover of John Lennon's "Julia" is a relief, introducing not only Miller's romantic side but also his love for the Beatles, which puts him on the musical path. He then goes "Lennon extreme" on a booming twist of "I Am the Walrus," which is psychedelic guitarisma at its finest. "A Dark Waltz" cools the pace for another romantic interlude. Miller's a bit all over the map, but that seems to be the point and such characterizes his life as an L.A. musician. Guitar fans will love this best of all, but Beatles fans really need to hear two of the finest instrumental covers ever. © Jonathan Widran /TiVo
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The Loner - A tribute To Jeff Beck

Various Artists

Rock - Released January 1, 2005 | ESC Records

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Pump It Up

Les McCann

Jazz - Released January 1, 2002 | ESC Records

Still trying to recover from the effects of a devastating 1995 stroke, Les McCann relaxed and put out a playful jazz/funk album with a cast of dozens that in some ways harkens back to some of his Atlantic sides from the 1970s. Unlike his other post-stroke albums, he doesn't play any keyboards here, leaving them in the hands of Ricky Peterson, with an emphasis on the Hammond B3. Rather, McCann is content just to sing and rap -- again, a throwback and fallback to records made a quarter-century before. At 66, McCann sounds considerably different -- older and a little shakier on the ballads, but still sly and willing. The grooves are OK in a minimally updated '70s funk manner, but the material, coming from a variety of sources, is rather ordinary as a whole. The guest celebs come in profusion to help out: singer Dianne Reeves sits in on the ho-hum Bill Withers big ballad "You Just Can't Smile It Away," Billy Preston pumps some swampy rhythm from his Wurlitzer electric piano and B3 into the semi-autobiographical "Tryin' to Make It Real," and "Funk It" is dominated by Maceo Parker's staccato alto sax and the acrobatic bass of Marcus Miller. The most poignant passage comes when the elder McCann sings a new lyric over an LP dub of his younger self's piano trio recording "The Truth," from the Pacific Jazz days, with Preston's soulful B3 and Bonnie Raitt on hand to alternate on vocals. It's almost like they're sharing a private moment in McCann's living room. © Richard S. Ginell /TiVo
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Mauthausen

Joe Zawinul

Electronic - Released January 1, 2001 | ESC Records

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Clearance Sale

Boomish

Electronic - Released January 1, 2000 | ESC Records

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Advocate

Jim Beard

Jazz Fusion & Jazz Rock - Released January 1, 1999 | ESC Records

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= Vinx, Will Calhoun, Doug Wimbish

Jungle Funk

Rock - Released January 1, 1998 | ESC Records