Mike Scaccia, the guitarist for Ministry and Rigor Mortis, died December 22 while onstage with Rigor Mortis at a club in Ft. Worth, Texas. He was 47. Scaccia reportedly asked the club to turn the strobe lights off before he collapsed from an apparent seizure. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Scaccia was a […]
Monthly Archives: December 2012
Iranian-born Mehran has mastered flamenco guitar and here uses his skills on a concept album about events in his home country. The music is a mix of jazz, new age, and Iranian. The songs include dazzling solos and a mix of instruments, along with ambient sounds, snippets of speech from Winston Churchill and crowds of […]
Lee Dorman, bassist for Iron Butterfly, died December 21 at his home. He was 70 and had suffered heart problems. Dorman joined the proto-heavy psychedelic band for its second album, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, the title track of which has long stood as its trademark song. The group disbanded in 1971, following the release of its fifth album, Metamorphosis, Dorman and bandmate/guitarist Larry […]
Starting like a number of instrumental albums Ronnie Earl has produced over the past 15 years, this one opens with a mid-tempo (Albert Collinspenned) track, then slows for some blues and a cool cover (“Chitlins Con Carne” by Kenny Burrell). But then, something amazing happens; reaching deep and from the heart, Earl works through four […]
African-American jazzman Eddie South was known as the Dark Angel of the Violin. His moody compositions and hot solos were influenced strongly by Eastern European Gypsies, with whom he studied. And it was thus little surprise that Django Reinhardt sought him out to play together before joining forces with Stéphane Grappelli. The group Violinjazz seeks […]
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By 1996, when this album was originally released, the English guitar virtuoso had already been a member of Tony Williams’ groundbreaking Lifetime and Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew band, further melded jazz with rock as founder of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and then acoustic jazz with Indian music as leader of Shakti – not to mention collaborating […]
Guitars in the Classroom, a non-profit organization that trains and equips educators to sing, play guitar, teach, and lead their students in song, is auctioning a Kohala Kanikapila-style concert ukulele and a Fender Classic Vibe Telecaster as part of its “Stars, Icons and Legends of The Surfing World” program. The Surf Uke has autographs of […]
December 15, at the Tuner Hall, 926 Hampshire, Quincy, IL. Show hours 11-5. For more info, contact Carl Thomas, (309) 221-0130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, who became a musical icon for a generation of musicians and their followers in the ’60s, died December 11 at a hospital in San Diego. Shankar had been suffering upper-respiratory and heart issues and had recently undergone heart-valve replacement surgery. He was 92. Shankar met Beatles guitarist George Harrison in 1966. […]