Album Review

Antoine Fafard: Proto Mundi Featuring Simon Phillips - Full Session Video

  • Posted on: 19 November 2017
  • By: sheldonkreger

Composer, bassist, and producer Antoine Fafard recently released a new solo project entitled "Proto Mundi." There is a CD, but also a video of the entire album performed in-studio by Simon Phillips (see below). It features:

- Antoine Fafard, bass and guitars
- Gary Husband, keys
- Jerry Goodman, violin
- Simon Phillips, drums

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Purposeful Porpoise: The Water Games

  • Posted on: 20 July 2015
  • By: sheldonkreger

It is rare today to hear a group of top level musicians performing at their peak. In a world where music is created to be disposed of like a TV commercial, I find it harder and harder to hear true musicianship shine through. Supergroup albums give us the opportunity to really hear what the best musicians do when they aren't working for somebody else - and it's important that we pay attention at every chance we get.

Means End: The Didact

  • Posted on: 22 January 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

Recently, I have been focusing on a style of music which was only brought to my attention a few years ago: progressive metal. I started traveling down this path after a friend sent me a link to the Disperse album "Journey Through the Secret Garden." Being a huge jazz fusion junkie, I immediately found myself immersed in the complexity of the syncopated guitar, bass, and drum parts, and fell in love with the variety of guitar tones, combined with often esoteric keyboards.

David Maxim Micic: Bilo 3.0

  • Posted on: 14 January 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

It is not often that I feel obligated to use the term 'masterpiece' to describe an album. However, when I do, it's always exciting.

Bilo 3.0 is truly a masterpiece. By this, I don't just mean that the songs are good, the playing is amazing, and that the production is excellent. Instead, I mean all of those things, but to a higher level.

Top Drum Performances of 2013

  • Posted on: 21 December 2013
  • By: sheldonkreger

Although it's impossible for me to hear all of the great material being published today, I'd like to share my favorite drum performances of 2013. Some of these are videos of concert footage, some are instructional DVDs, and some are albums which were released this year. Feel free to leave a comment if you have a suggestion which I have forgotten. I present these in no particular order.