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Posted in jazz, jazz fusion, jazz rock, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on May 31, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Volto! - Incitare - promo cover pic - 2013

Radical Fusion Band Features Danny Carey (Tool), John Ziegler (Pigmy Love Circus) and Lance Morrison (Alanis Morrissette, Don Henley)


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From the very get-go Volto! was an oddity.  Here is a band comprised of some of the most accomplished musicians in Los Angeles (including the drummer of GRAMMY Award winning, multi-platinum selling band, Tool) who were down right excited about playing cover tunes in a tiny jazz club in the Valley.  This at a time when dyed-in-the-wool rockers were paying Hollywood club owners to play their originals in hope of inking a record deal and being catapulted to fame.

Then there were the fusion numbers – staggeringly complex arrangements by Weather Report, Jeff Beck, and Tony Williams that, more so than the hard rock favorites, gave carte blanche for spirited improvisation. And if you have a drummer of the notoriety of Tool’s Danny Carey, fans with purple Sharpies in their pockets (hoping to get an autograph) might just get a drum solo or two delivered with calm intensity and lightning fast accuracy by the native Kansan wearing a Jayhawks’ basketball jersey.

Volto! also features one hell of a bass guitarist and the pride of Corpus Christi named Lance Morrison (session and tour bassist for Don Henley). During each show, the quiet, steady fixture wearing a golf cap would get a chance to ‘show off’ his technical expertise with a solo or two dedicated (sarcastically) to all the ladies in the club.


Applauding these solos as much as anyone in the packed room was Pigmy Love Circus guitarist John “Volto” Ziegler (another Texas transplant) who would once again take the reins, cueing his band mates to intros, outros, imminent changes or take blistering leads, dexterous arpeggios with delicate effects-laden phrasing.

When it came time for last call and the band played their final cover tune, the party would continue either at Tool’s rehearsal loft or at Danny’s Hollywood manse. Over Shiner Bocks, vodka and tequila, eventually the conversation would turn to Volto! writing and performing original music. Hell, maybe even doing a record.

Rather than book time in one of the countless studios in L.A., it was decided that they would track the songs ‘live’ – onto tape! – utilizing the recording equipment at the loft’s modest studio. When he had a small window of time between projects, veteran recording engineer “Evil” Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens of the Stone Age, Bad Religion) was summoned to sit at Danny’s API 2448 console. To get the performance and overdubs onto tape, they dusted off an old Studer A827 gold 24-track machine. It might have taken nearly a decade to get to this point, but once the ball was rolling (and custom Neve faders set), things proceeded at a rather quick pace. Much to everyone’s delight, songs with names like “Grillz”, “BHP”, and “Grip It” were even given a boost in intensity by keyboard wizard, Jeff Babko (Kimmel House band, Butch Walker, Larry Carlton.)


Once the recording and mixing process was completed, Incitare was delivered to Gateway Mastering and left to the very capable ears of Bob Ludwig. For the art work, Danny had the idea to use a piece in his collection by the famous underground psychedelic artist Rick Griffin.  Originally, this was to be used as cover art for a Steppenwolf record, but for whatever reasons didn’t happen.  With the other members equally enthusiastic by the piece, together with art contributions by Tool guitarist Adam Jones, the packaging was complete.  With management in place and a record deal with Concord struck, a release date was set – July 23rd, 2013.

In the meantime, you can get the Volto! experience when they next perform live.  And while you shouldn’t expect to hear a 20-minute rendition of “Whipping Post”, and can’t say with absolute certainty what keyboardist will be sitting in to augment the music, but the sheer precision with which Volto! plays will leave you stunned. 


Track Listing For Incitare

1) Grip It

2) Grillz

3) Whopner

4) Drumbeaux

5) Quirk

6) BHP

7) Meltdown

8) Tocino

9) I’m Calm Now


For more info on VOLTO!, click on the links below!


(Source: MAD Ink PR)




Bass Player Antoine Fafard To Release Second Album ‘Occultus Tramitis’ Featuring Former Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Mahavishnu Orchestra, King Crimson Members!

Posted in instrumental rock, jazz fusion, jazz rock, Music, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on May 10, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Antoine Fafard Occultus Tramitis - promo - (cover)

Featuring! Terry Bozzio (Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Gavin Harrison (King Crimson, Porcupine Tree), Scott Henderson (Tribal Tech), Simon Phillips (Jeff Beck, Toto), Chad Wackerman (Allan Holdsworth, Frank Zappa) and Dave Weckl (Chick Corea, Mike Stern)


London, UK – Much to the excitent of music aficionados across the globe, the second solo album by composer and bass player Antoine Fafard, ‘Occultus Tramitis’, will be released digitally on May 15 and on CD June 1, 2013. Featuring the contributions of a number of jazz-rock legends including Terry Bozzio (Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Gavin Harrison (King Crimson, Porcupine Tree), Scott Henderson (Tribal Tech), Simon Phillips (Jeff Beck, Toto), Chad Wackerman (Allan Holdsworth, Frank Zappa) and Dave Weckl (Chick Corea, Mike Stern), ‘Occultus Tramitis’ encompasses 11 tracks presenting almost an hour of exciting new music.

“Working on Antoines project was a real treat…his compositions and playing made it a unique experience. Both challenging and joyful at the same time! He put together a great team of players and I only wish we could have been playing in the same room!” – Jerry Goodman

Says Antoine, “I started to work on this CD in September 2011, right after the release of the ‘Solus Operandi’ album, and was still working on it in April 2013. I began to compose music with specific players in mind, hoping that they would eventually agree to participate. I guess that the players themselves were a great source of inspiration during the composition process. Interestingly, I wasn’t present during the recording sessions of any of the collaborators on this CD (all 15 of them). Each player on this album recorded their tracks in their home studios and all the songs were mixed in my home studio.”

Antoine Fafard Occultus Tramitis - promo - (cover)

Drum legend Terry Bozzio comments on the track he performs on: “This is a really challenging piece. It was very subtle – it’s in eleven and it’s very sneaky… It is deceptively simple because it has an open, very flowing feel to the piece.”

Antoine Fafard’s recording career began with his band Spaced Out, who released their first album in 2000. By 2008 Spaced Out had recorded five studio albums, one live album and two DVDs, and had performed on international stages including Nearfest, USA in 2002 and Crescendo, France in 2006.

In 2010, Antoine decided to begin recording under his own name, without the limitations of the band format. His first solo album, ‘Solus Operandi’, released in August 2011, features more than an hour of original instrumental music by Antoine, working with a total of 13 collaborators, including world-class performers such as Dave Weckl (Chick Corea, Mike Stern), guitarist Jerry De Villiers Jr and drummer Magella Cormier. ‘Solus Operandi’ was composed on electric fretless bass and classical guitar, after Antoine re-acquainted himself with the guitar following many years focusing on the bass.

Which brings us to 2013 and the release of Antoine’s highly anticipated new solo album, ‘Occultus Tramitis’. The music on ‘Occultus Tramitis’ differs between the tracks, and the fusion of influences that characterizes Antoine’s music means it doesn’t fall easily into a single style or genre. However, the album was composed as a complete work. Melodic aspects are beautifully realized by Jerry Goodman, who is featured on more than half of the tracks among odd time signatures, multiple modulations and rhythmical illusions. There are exceptional performances from all Antoine’s collaborators, including spectacular solos.


“Antoine is a fantastic musician. It was a real joy to play on this CD.” – Chad Wackerman

‘Occultus Tramitis’ is an independent release presenting exciting and powerful new music for any fan of instrumental jazz-rock, progressive and fusion music.

Antoine Fafard’s ‘Occultus Tramitis’ can be puchased on, itunes and most online music stores.


To listen to audio excerpts and pre-order a signed copy of the CD, go to

To Pre-order ‘Occultus Tramitis’ CD via

Digital release: May 15, 2013

CD release: June 1, 2013

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(Source: Glass Onyon PR)




Jazz-Fusion and Prog Legends Join Together On New CD Release ‘The Fusion Syndicate’

Posted in Metal with tags , , , , , , on October 11, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Features performances by members of the biggest names in Fusion and Prog including Mahavishnu Orchestra, Yellowjackets, Brand X, Soft Machine, Spyrogyra, Yes, Dream Theater, King Crimson, Tool, Porcupine Tree, Hawkwind and more!


October 10, 2012- Los Angeles, CA – One of the most amazing collection of jazz-fusion and progressive rock legends ever to assemble on one CD has happened with the new release by The Fusion Syndicate, available October 16, 2012 on Purple Pyramid Records. Brought together by multi-instumentalist, producer Billy Sherwood (Yes, CIRCA:), who gave us the fascinating release by the Prog Collective earlier this year. Now, Billy has produced, recorded and written tracks for a new jazz-rock-fusion supergroup of musical virtuosos – The Fusion Syndicate!

Featuring! Rick Wakeman, Jerry Goodman, Nik Turner, Jimmy Haslip, Steve Stevens, Jordan Rudess, Mel Collins, Billy Cobham, Jay Beckenstein, Billy Sheehan, Gavin Harrison, David Sancious, Larry Coryell, Derek Sherinian, Eric Marienthal, Chester Thompson, Steve Morse, Jim Beard, Randy Brecker, Percy Jones, John Etheridge, Tony Kaye, Chad Wackerman, Steve Hillage, Scott Kinsley, Theo Travis, Justin Chancellor and Asaf Sirkis – Produced by Billy Sherwood

“When I was asked to write/produce a fusion record I jumped at the chance. I’ve always had a deep love of Jazz and Fusion music having grown up listening to Weather Report, Return To Forever, the Mahavishnu Orchestra among many others in the genre. The record has become a musical dream team, including some of the world’s most reknowned players in the field. The music reflects a time when virtuosity was the standard and incredible musicianship was the order of the day. Each artist sharing their talent and skill, blending it all into a bigger musical picture, creating an amazing expression of unity and purpose. I’m honored to be a part of it all and I thank all the artists who joined me on this journey, they have all lifted the music to a higher level.” – Billy Sherwood, producer


Tracks include:

  1. Random Acts Of Science – Rick Wakeman (Yes), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Nik Turner (Hawkwind), Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets/Alan Holdsworth)
  2. Stone Cold Infusion – Steve Stevens, Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater/Liquid Tension Experiment), Mel Collins (King Crimson), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Billy Cobham (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
  3. Molecular Breakdown – Jay Beckenstein (Spyrogyra), Billy Sheehan (Steve Vai), Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), David Sancious (The E Street Band)
  4. Particle Accelerations – Larry Coryell, Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater/Black Country Communion), Eric Marienthal (Chick Corea Elektric Band), Chester Thompson (Genesis/Frank Zappa)
  5. At The Edge Of The Middle – Steve Morse (Dixie Dreggs/Deep Purple), Jim Beard (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Randy Brecker (Blood, Sweat & Tears/Brecker Brothers), Percy Jones (Soft Machine/Brand X)
  6. Atom Smashing – John Etheridge (Soft Machine), Tony Kaye (Yes), Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa),
  7. In The Spirit Of – Steve Hillage (Gong), Scott Kinsey (Tribal Tech), Theo Travis (Steven Wilson Band), Justin Chancellor (Tool), Asaf Sirkis (The Orient House Ensemble)

“Always a pleasure to work with Billy Sherwood and all the other musicians he chooses. Add some great music and the combination is complete.” – Rick Wakeman

“Fusion music gave me a way to relate to jazz. I liked the rock energy, and the unexpected twists, turns and rhythms that made it fun to play. So, it’s a big influence on the direction I took.” – Steve Morse


The Fusion Syndicate is avaliable from Purple Pyramid Records and can be pre-ordered at:

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(Source: Glass Onyon PR)



JIMMY HERRING – Renowned Lead Guitarist Of WIDESPREAD PANIC – Debuts New Album & Offers FREE DOWNLOAD To Fans

Posted in blues rock, guitarists, jazz fusion, Music, rock albums, rock guitarists, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on August 2, 2012 by Metal Odyssey



(Los Angeles) Worldwide fans of guitar-great JIMMY HERRING will have the opportunity to hear all 10 tracks of his soon to be released solo album, Subject to Change Without Notice, by visiting JIMMY’s facebook page or the new DIY music platform website. Fans are also encouraged to share these great tracks with their friends through their own social networking pages.

In addition, they can pre-order the album, download a free song (“Bilgewater Blues”), as well as get a very cool “behind the scenes look” at the album’s recording featuring in-depth interviews with Jimmy and his bandmates on the recording of Subject to Change Without Notice. The “behind the scenes” video also displays an array of guest appearances from such legendary players as Bela Fleck (Banjo), Bill Evans (Sax) and Nicky Sanders (Violin) from the Steep Canyon Rangers.

You can share the tour and sign up through Jimmy’s Facebook page:

or by visiting here:

Check out Jimmy Herring: Subject to Change Without Notice (Behind the Scenes):

To purchase Subject to Change Without Notice, visit:


Jimmy Herring on Tour:

August 22  @ Aggie Theatre – Ft. Collins, CO

August 23 @ Performing Arts Center at Third St – Carbondale, CO

August 24 @ Quixotes – Denver, CO

August 25 @ NEDFEST 2012 – Nederland, CO

August 26 @ Ride Festival – Telluride, CO

August 29 @ Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO

August 31 @ Martyrs – Chicago, IL

September 14 @ Jomeokee Music & Arts Festival – Pinnacle, NC

September 15 @ Jomeokee Music & Arts Festival – Pinnacle, NC

September 21 @ Handlebar – Greenville, SC

September 22 @ Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA

September 28 @ Last Concert Café – Houston, TX

September 29 @ Utopia Festival – Utopia, TX

October 19 @ Workplay – Birmingham, AL

October 20 @ Magnolia Music Fest – Live Oak, FL


with Victor Wooten Band

November 1 @ Charleston Music Hall – Charleston, SC

November 2 @ Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA

November 3 @ Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC

November 4 @ Carolina Theatre – Durham, NC

November 5 @ Orange Peel – Asheville, NC

November 7 @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheater – Wilmington, NC

November 8 @ The National – Richmond, VA

November 9 @ The State Theatre – Falls Church, VA

November 10 @ Steel Jam – Bethlehem, PA

November 11 @ BB Kings Blues Club – New York, NY

November 16 @ Capitol Center for the Arts – Concord, NH

November 17 @ Buffalo State Performing Arts Center – Buffalo, NY

November 18 @ The Egg Hart Theatre – Albany, NY


(Source: MAD Ink, PR)



Acclaimed Guitarist JOHN MCLAUGHLIN Announces Release Of “Now Here This” Set For October 18TH Release On Abstract Logix

Posted in Guitar, guitarists, jazz, jazz fusion, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on July 24, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

(Los Angeles, CA) – It has been nearly two years since world-renowned guitarist John McLaughlin released To the One, his highly acclaimed, first studio recording, with The 4th Dimension. The veteran guitar aficionado celebrates his 70th birthday year with the announcement of Now Here This (Abstract Logix) set for release on October 18th as he ups-the-ante even further with greater fire, finesse and freewheeling interplay.

McLaughlin’s musical influences carry over to many of the musical elite also declaring him to be “the best guitarist alive,” as Jeff Beck mused in 2010. In 2003, McLaughlin was ranked 49th in Rolling Stone magazine list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and in the summer of 2007, McLaughlin performed at Eric Clapton’s Crossroad Guitar Festival in Bridgeview, Illinois.

Chick Corea remarked to DownBeat Magazine that “…what John McLaughlin did with the electric guitar set the world on its ear.  No one ever heard an electric guitar played like that before, and it certainly inspired me. John’s band, more than my experience with Miles, led me to want to turn the volume up and write music that was more dramatic and made your hair stand on end.”

McLaughlin’s latest creative venture with The 4th Dimension reflects a slight, yet significant, alteration of the dynamic, specifically the recruitment of powerhouse Indian drummer Ranjit Barot.  Cameroon-born/Paris-resident bassist Etienne M’Bappe is back from To the One, as is keyboardist/drummer Gary Husband. This 8-track set of McLaughlin originals, recorded at Studio 26 in Antibes, France, testifies to the guitarist’s decades-long fascination with Indian music, through his effortless virtuosity, and relentless lyricism, even when the guitarist is shredding at near-light speed.   As John himself simply states, “Now Here This is the culmination of my life’s work till now.”

The critical praise for McLaughlin’s previous musical venture cascaded forth immediately; John Fordham of The Guardian declared, “…this tight 40-minute document hums with a collaborative energy.”  There is little doubt that McLaughlin’s return to the electrified fusion he first innovated more than 40 years ago in groups led by trumpet icon Miles Davis and drum legend Tony Williams – and, of course, with his own earth-shattering Mahavishnu Orchestra – is as electrifying and exhilarating as ever. And for those new to the genre, Now Here This is the perfect introduction – one that will surely encourage them to also dive, head-first, into this legendary guitarist’s lengthy and groundbreaking discography.


(Source: MAD Ink, PR)

Long Live John McLaughlin.


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