Vegetarians beware: Los Angeles meat masticators The Bombastic Meatbats are back with another platter of instrumental jazz-rock, funk and fusion. The twelve-track More Meat (recorded in early 2009 and left to marinate until now) follows last year’s Meatbats debut, Meet the Meatbats, and carries on the quartet’s mission to emulate seventies fusion: think Jeff Beck circa 1976, Return to Forever or The Tony Williams Lifetime.While the cartoonish cover art, the exaggerated name and titles like “Mountain of Meat” and “Lobster Legs” might give the feeling of a joke too many, these guys are serious students of classic jazz fusion who have a solid sense of humor. The group is led by drummer Chad Smith (The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot) with ample assistance from guitarist Jeff Kollman (who has a long list of session credits, over a dozen solo ventures and numerous film/TV projects), keyboardist Ed Roth (an arranger and sideman who heads Ed Roth’s Funktone Express) and bassist Kevin Chown (who has performed with other California artists and released solo work).
Chad Smith – Eastern Rim is a jam-packed 2-DVD set that includes performance footage, insightful drum clinic material, touring diaries, and interviews with the Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer himself.
This excellent DVD will teach you essential drum rhythms, grooves and techniques from Chad Smith, the powerhouse behind the Red Hot Chili Peppers sound…
Bonus 2-disc Set! Bozzio: Live in Concert included! Recorded live at Musician's Institute, Hollywood, CA, "Solos &Duets" features the incredible drumming of two of today's most exciting drum artists, Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Missing Persons, Steve Vai) and Chad Wackerman (Men At Work, Frank Zappa, Allan Holdsworth). Included along with the spectacular individual and duo performances are interviews as well as the drummers' note-perfect duet of Zappa's infamous "Black Page #1."
This is an album that should not have worked. LaVern Baker (a fine R&B singer) was joined by all-stars from mainstream jazz (including trumpeter Buck Clayton, trombonist Vic Dickenson, tenor-saxophonist Paul Quinichette and pianist Nat Pierce) for twelve songs associated with the great '20s blues singer Bessie Smith. Despite the potentially conflicting styles, this project is quite successful and often exciting. The arrangements by Phil Moore, Nat Pierce, and Ernie Wilkins do not attempt to re-create the original recordings; Baker sings in her own style (rather than trying to emulate Bessie Smith), and the hot solos work well with her vocals.