Friday, February 22, 2013

Trevor Rabin: Jazz Fusion Album "Jacaranda," featured on "The Score"

Yes, that's right. It's jazz fusion. And it's very good. This is what Trevor playing a guitar with no pop influences with a bit of jazz thrown in can sound like, and I must say I love it! I'm not a big fan of his 80s pop tunes, but I really liked parts of Talk—especially "Endless Dream." When I found out he had done a new solo album I must say I was a bit skeptical, but I was also a bit excited; after all, his film scores have been sounding pretty exciting. And then I heard reviews that said the new album leaned toward jazz fusion, and I was even more intrigued.

It definitely doesn't disappoint (well, it might if you're looking for "Owner"—no repetitive pop riffs here!). The CD is a nice ecclectic mix of jazz and rock guitar playing, along with one track, "Rescue," featuring very nice female vocalizations and orchestrations remixed from one of his soundtracks, and a very nice piano solo as well (yes, you heard me right—a very well played, nicely composed 4 minute piano piece!) that leans more toward classical. I've really enjoyed this CD! 

After listening it again today I went and found a nice video Trevor has made for one of the tracks. Check it out:

Also, Trevor was recently featured on "The Score," A weekly radio show from Portland Radio station exploring film music. It's an hour-long show featuring interview snippets, segments of his movie scores, and the Jacaranda track "Rescue" almost in its entirety. doesn't have the show archived on their site, but you can find it on google; here is one radio station that has it as of the writing of this post: A Conversation with Trevor Rabin 12-27.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Kotebel - Concerto for Piano and Electric Ensemble

I recently learned of this very talented Spanish band with strong modern classical influences. I'll just let this amazing feature video containing excerpts from the recording of their newest album speak for itself (The DVD comes with the full version of this DVD, which is the studio recording of the full Concerto).

In addition, here is a very nice live video from the 2007 Gouveia Art Rock festival:

They've released 5 albums since their formation in 2000. Learn more at

Friday, February 8, 2013

Amarok - Progressive Rock / World Music from Spain

Just found a great live video from the 2005  Gouveia Art Rock festival of one of my favorite bands that I wanted to share. Amarok is a band from Spain that plays music combining instruments and influences from all around the world with a bit of progressive rock and classical flavoring. On their most recent CD, Sol de Medianoche (2007) they even did an excellent rendition of Keith Emerson's Abaddon's Bolero! Perhaps this music appeals to me so much because I enjoy playing my Native American flutes so much and play with a couple friends that play instruments like djembes, didjeridoos and cellos. In any case, enjoy the video! Be sure to watch it to the end—there's a great didj solo!