Yannick Peeters, GingerBlackGinger, W.E.R.F ***1/2

While there's not an awful lot to GingerBlackGinger - tunes are sparse, it's a small group and the overall sound is quite intimate - there is a lot to like. Concise modernistic tunes decorated by an in-form Tom Rainey on drums that gain a hypnotic …

Published: 28 Jan 2024. Updated: 30 days.

While there's not an awful lot to GingerBlackGinger - tunes are sparse, it's a small group and the overall sound is quite intimate - there is a lot to like. Concise modernistic tunes decorated by an in-form Tom Rainey on drums that gain a hypnotic Paul Motian-like hold ('Copy/Paste' for instance), Belgian bassist leader Yannick Peeters provides plenty of riff strewn ideas thoughtfully distilled and filled out by the sax playing of Frans Van Isacker and guitar work of Frederik Leroux. I wasn't too keen on the more bizarre antics you get on 'Everything Is Going to Be Alright' but when the band stick to the jagged, jaunty grooves with its wacky detunery in the guitar lines found on 'GBG7' you know they are on to something far more interesting and worth hearing. SG

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Jazz-rock fusion guitarist Dean Brown has died at the age of 68

Sorry to hear of the death of that fine jazz-rock fusion guitarist Dean Brown - known for his work with Billy Cobham, the Brecker Brothers, David Sanborn and Marcus Miller - who has died of cancer at the age of 68. We've put together a brief …

Published: 28 Jan 2024. Updated: 30 days.

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Sorry to hear of the death of that fine jazz-rock fusion guitarist Dean Brown - known for his work with Billy Cobham, the Brecker Brothers, David Sanborn and Marcus Miller - who has died of cancer at the age of 68. We've put together a brief playlist of some of his great work down the years on his own and other people's records.