Reviews

New Review for “Area J” from Something Else!

Throttle Elevator Music – Area J (2014) From the review: Powered by the garage jazz-rock songs of Gregory Howe and Matt Montgomery with the brash saxophone stylings of Kamasi Washington, Throttle Elevator Music is back with a second helping. Area J (on sale October 28, 2014) follows up on the 2012 self-titled debut and again […]

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Awesome Review of Conversations I and II by Down Beat Magazine

Roscoe Mitchell with Craig Taborn and Kikanju Baku – Conversations I and II By Bill Meyer for Down Beat Magazine “Both of these CDs are remarkably consistent“ Click on image below to see scan of review. Multireedist Roscoe Mitchell is well into his 70s, but coasting just isn’t on his agenda. These two albums, which […]

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Great Review of Roscoe Mitchell’s Conversations I by Something Else!

Roscoe Mitchell, with Craig Taborn and Kikanju Baku – Conversations I (2014) By S. Victor Aaron for Something Else! Conversations I, currently available for sale, is seventy-eight minutes of instantaneous explorations of jazz’s outer regions barely contained on a single shiny disc. One of the original AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) stars […]

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Black Grooves’ Terry Simpkins on Electric Keys, Turnstyle

“Both releases have considerable merits.  Keys is a fluid, quicksilver guitarist reminiscent of Grant Green, albeit with an edgier feel and tone, and on his disc the Wide Hive Players offer tough, down-home support on funky grooves like ‘Backyard,’ ‘Rhubarb Jam,’ and the title track.  ‘Senior Moment’ throws a quasi-second line groove into the mix, […]

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SunHerald’s Ricky Flake: Electric Keys, Turnstyle “Gems” from 2013

“The personnel listed on the WH Players’ release are Matt Montgomery (songwriting, bass, piano and keyboards), label head/photographer Gregory Howe (songwriting and B3 organ), Calvin Keys (guitar), Doug Rowan (saxophone), Mike Rinta (trombone) and drummers Thomas McCree and Josh Jones. Many of these folks are featured on Keys’ album. “‘Turnstyle’ presents instrumental compositions that would […]

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Another Great Write-up for ‘Electric Keys’!

There aren’t a whole lot of guitarists who can claim fitting in with big names as diverse as Ray Charles, Ahmad Jamal, Jimmy Smith and Bobby Hutcherson, but super sideman Calvin Keys has been there, done that. His playing style makes it easy to understand how he has been able to spend a five-decade career […]

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Examiner.com: Four Stars for New Calvin Keys Release!

70-year old Calvin Keys can do more with his Heritage Golden Eagle Hollowbody guitar than most musicians half his age… [N]ow Calvin is back with his third proper solo album (and first in seven years), the fittingly-titled Electric Keys (Wide Hive Records). Backed by Matt Montgomery (bass, piano), Josh Jones (drums), and the horn section […]

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More Praise for ‘Electric Keys’ from JazzTimes!

Reviewer Bill Milkowski gives a thumbs up to Calvin Keys’s latest record: [The] Bay Area veteran imbues his 70s soul-jazz with potent, decidedly modern runs up and down the fretboard while remaining deep in the pocket. Think a latter day Grant Green. Quite a comparison! See the review here.

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Great Write-up of “Wide Hive Players – Turnstyle” at Jambands.com

“Turnstyle begins with the slow sideways stagger of ‘All The Right Wrong Notes’ – a piano-and-horn-propelled piece that never loses its footing (but playfully refuses to resolve itself, either). The following cut, however, is ‘Left Coast Sangria’ – and all the opener’s rumpled-overcoat-clad lurches are quickly forgotten as breeze-off-the-bay rhythms and lovely Latin-flavored guitar work […]

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Jambands.com Gives ‘Electric Keys’ a Stellar Review

“On Calvin Keys’ Electric Keys, the 70-year-old six-string master steps into the foreground of the Players’ lineup – but think of him as a player/coach who makes the whole team shine. “‘You Know The Game’ leads things off with the band laying down an easy groove for Keys to work on; a gentle push on […]

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Musik Reviews Gives “Larry Coryell – The Lift” 5 Stars!

“Highlights of The Lift include “Rough Cut,” this track sounds like it should be on the soundtrack of an old spy movie. The frantic sounding drums seem to bring out the best in Coryell and his playing on this song is outstanding; he goes from a simple riff to playing fast trills in a matter […]

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Review: Roscoe Mitchell Duets with Tyshawn Sorey and Hugh Ragin

“Roscoe Mitchell Duets with Tyshawn Sorey and Hugh Ragin actually includes solo duet and trio by Mitchell (Saxophone, Percussion). Sorey drums and piano and Hugh Ragin trumpet. The recording has just about all you could ask for in an improv meeting, a variety of approaches on 11 tracks nicely recorded, yet retaining the feel of […]

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Larry Coryell ‘The Lift’ Tops College Music Journal’s Charts

Larry Coryell ‘The Lift’ is currently #2 College Music Journal (CMJ) and has been top 10 for seven weeks. Check it out!

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Review: Larry Coryell – “The Lift”

Larry Coryell – The Lift receives a great review in Something Else!. Check out Larry Coryell – The Lift.

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Throttle Elevator Music Receives Glowing Review

Daniel Erickson of Muzikreviews.com reviews Throttle Elevator Music and likes what he hears: “Throttle Elevator Music is one thing you should take notice of. They’ve managed to combine rock, punk, and jazz together to make a unique but tasty concoction… And, it feels good to say this; this band isn’t really anything I’ve heard before. […]

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CMJ Names Larry Coryell With The Wide Hive Players Among Top 40 Jazz Records of 2011

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Something Else! names Larry Coryell with the Wide Hive Players Best of the Rest 2011

Coryell has made several returns to his fusion beginnings over the years, but it took this little house band from Berkeley to bring him back with the full-on fire, fury and spirit or those pioneering times. You don’t even have to be a fan of his or a guitar afficionado to dig this disc; anyone […]

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Downbeat Gives Larry Coryell with the Wide Hive Players Three Stars!

The last thing you hear on Larry Coryell’s latest is a voice, presumably Coryell’s, saying, “It sounded so great, man, I got spaced out and forgot to look at the music.” This provides a summation of the record that bursts with positive energy.  With the Wide Hive Players, which recalls Coryell’s frist Eleventh house record, […]

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Psychedelic Landmark – Larry Coryell with the Wide Hive Players

After 45 years of making records, Larry Coryell may have just cut his best one ever. Larry Coryell with the Wide Hive Players is a collaboration with this Bay Area-based rhythm and horn section, and the results are astonishing. Throughout the 13 tracks, Coryell raises his freak-flag high and ably resurrects the sound of pre-Mahavishnu fusion with style and precision. The correct elements are here – slightly grungy guitar tones, funky brass arrangements, sexy Fender Rhodes piano licks, and grooves to die for.

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Phil Ranelin – Perseverance Review at Muzikreviews.com!

Master of trombone, Phil Ranelin, forms a solid gold union with stellar percussionist Big Black and phenomenal bassist Henry Franklin to create the makings for the fire-filled jazz sucker punch that is Perseverance. The album takes you straight to a low-lit New York City jazz lounge. You can practically taste the smoke hanging in the air. This is Ranelin’s […]

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Phil Ranelin Perseverance

“Master of trombone, Phil Ranelin, forms a solid gold union with stellar percussionist Big Black and phenomenal bassist Henry Franklin to create the makings for the fire-filled jazz sucker punch that is Perseverance. The album takes you straight to a low-lit New York City jazz lounge. You can practically taste the smoke hanging in the […]

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Wide Hive Wins Best Independent Record Label!

The East Bay Express has just put out their annual “Best Of the East Bay” issue and we are proud honored to be selected the East Bay’s Best Independent Record Label! Thank you East Bay Express! “Gregory Howe knows that great things start in living rooms. After college, he moved to the Bay Area and […]

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Cahl’s Juke Joint Loves Phil Ranelin ‘Perseverance’

“In Search of the One,” the first song on trombonist Phil Ranelin’s new album, “Perseverance,” could easily have been called “Echoes of Miles.” It’s not that Ranelin apes Miles Davis’ music. Not even close. But he plays with a restrained elegance, just as Miles did. And on the Latin-flavored “In Search of the One,” which […]

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Perseverance Pays Off!

“The players are tightly focused on a modal groove with Ranelin and Washington engaged in gorgeous interplay with killer work from Black and Franklin, especially on the latter tune, which also features a stellar bass clarinet solo by Louis Van Taylor. The Afro-Latin “Song for Velader” contains beautiful front line work. The Spanish-tinged “Moorish” is […]

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Something Else Review – Larry Coryell with the Wide Hive Players

Coryell has made several returns to his fusion beginnings over the years, but it took this little house band from Berkeley to bring him back with the full in fire, fury and spirit or those pioneering times. — All About Jazz

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Good Press

While we’ve talked about a lot of fusion guitarists over the last five years, this is about a new album by the first one. That’s right, though John McLaughlin is widely regarded as the guy who shaped and defined jazz-rock guitar, no one was successfully reconciling the two elements into a coherent, identifiable playing style […]

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Players II Guitar debuts at #17 on CMJ Jazz!!

Ladies and gentlemen, we have done it again! Already at #17 on CMJ Jazz, we are also #6 on Canadian jazz chart Earshot. We will keep you posted as we climb up the charts!! EARSHOT CANADIAN JAZZ CHARTS

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