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Monthly Archives: December 2004

Cornford Hurricane

Exemplary "extension of your playing" amplifier
 

Since its introduction, English amp builder Paul Cornford’s 6-watt Harlequin recording amp has had a reputation for great sound. Many an all-star Brit player, and notable Yanks like Joe Satriani, have been proudly pictured in-studio with one. But for those wanting to perhaps stage a tidy little Cornford combo, but thought six watts probably wouldn’t […]

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The Jimmy Bruno Group – Midnight Blue

 

I dunno… sometimes it seems silly to review things like this. Everyone who follows jazz guitar knows Jimmy Bruno is a knock-down monster player with both chops and soul. In fact, technically, he’s about as good as it gets. So you see what I mean… it’s hard to come up with superlatives to describe him, […]

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BBE DI-1000 and DI-100X Direct Boxes

Electronic Icing for Your Tone
 

Have you ever wished your guitar sound just had a little more zing? A little more kick to your electric, or shine to your acoustic tone? If so, listen up. BBE has created a pair of slick direct boxes to help musicians give their instruments that extra “magic” when plugged straight into a mixer for […]

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Martin Barre

Tull axe man solos agian
 

Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre’s new album, Stage Left, is his third solo effort, and not only does it contain great riffs and tones (every track but one is an instrumental), the veteran musician also opted to cite each primary guitar (or other stringed instrument) used on each track in the liner notes, and illustrations […]

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Greg Koch – Radio Free Gristle

Radio Free Gristle
 

Ya gotta love this stuff! Greg Koch, for those of you who haven’t run across him, is one of those guitarists who spark awe in other players. His chops are impeccable, and his attitude makes pretty much everything he plays a lot of fun. He has made a career of doing clinics and such, and […]

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Bob Dylan on Hybrid SACDs

 

Sony and Phillips have been heavily hyping their new Super Audio CD format since its inception two years ago. For most consumers, SACD and its competitor DVD-A have been non-issues because of the lack of compelling software. Hardware manufacturers don’t seem to understand that people only buy hardware so they can access software. Why attend […]

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Robben Ford – Keep On Running

 

If there’s a guitarist working right now who I like more than Robben Ford, I’m not sure who it’d be. He’s done so many interesting projects in the past six or seven years – not just his own, but stuff with his brothers and Jing Chi, and studio work that just cooks, that it’d be […]

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Echoplex

Roots of Echo Part IV
 

For those of you checking out our Echoplex series for the first time (and regular readers, too), a brief glance back: Part I perused the groundbreaking use of echo by Les Paul, plus the first dedicated echo machine – Ray Butts’ EchoSonic amplifier. In a nutshell, the EchoSonic was the only commercially available echo-producing device […]

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Tal Farlow – The Complete Verve Tal Farlow Sessions

The Complete Verve Tal Farlow Sessions
 

If Mosaic’s compilations haven’t yet appeared on your radar screen, let me enlighten you. Mosaic issues stunningly beautiful and often sprawling tributes to legendary jazz performers like Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, Hank Mobley, J.J. Johnson and, more to the point, important guitarists like Johnny Smith, Joe Pass, Django Reinhardt and Eddie Lang. Their newest offering […]

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C’mon Sheryl Crow – America 2003(DVD), Best of (CD)

 

The latest releases from Sheryl Crow help affirm something I’ve thought for a long time… that she is a “keeper of the flame” for the kind of rock and roll a lot of us grew up with. Her music is a nice mix of folk, country, pop, blues, and everything in between. But she doesn’t […]

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