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McGill Manring Stevens

Jazz Rock/Fusion

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3 stars McGill, Manring and Stevens are all accomplished musicians, who have been active musicians for quite a while.

This is their third release as a band, and as on their previous outings the music offered is fusion.

What sets this release apart, is that on this release, they take 12 quite well known jazz standards, and drag these tunes through their own custom made fusion filter.

What comes out sounds like jazz with an edge, not quite jazz and not quite fusion - but something inbetween; spiced with energetic performance and the odd moment of rock and metal. Jamming, improvisation and exploring themes through repetitions and slight change of playing is a general description of the structure of the individual songs.

On a more or less limited edition of this release, you'll also get a bonus CD, containing a live performance from 2001 where the band play their own tunes. More rock and straight fusion is on offer here, and much more improvisation.

Not quite my cup of tea, but fusion afficinados and jazz fans with a liberal attitude should check this one out.

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Posted Friday, January 5, 2007 | Review Permalink

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