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Genres You Will Love
Jazz: Jazz Fusion Rock: Jam-band Moods: Featuring Guitar

By Location
United States - Michigan

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Jam-Lab is a jam-based, jazz-fusion electric trio out of southwest Michigan. The band features John Austin (6-string electric bass), Jim Carr (electric guitar), and Mike Curtis (drums and percussion).

Simply put, this instrumental jazz-funk-space-rock trio has put together a beautiful collection of music. The hyper-articulate guitar locks in perfectly with the granite rhythm section throughout all 10 tunes. Even when using elements from rock music, it never hits you over the head – though the guitar can get noticeably dirty from time to time. Refreshingly, no one style marks the whole disc and there is a deceptively full sound throughout, despite there only being three members (and few overdubs). There's a jazz fusion cover of "Back In Black," and several forays into cerebral math-type passages for the theory inclined. -- RECOIL MAGAZINE

Ranging from hard-grooving to ethereal, this release from progressive-jazz-funk-rock trio Jam-Lab draws from many genres to thoroughly stimulate the diverse fans of guitar-laden instrumental music. From John Scofield to Victor Wooten to Carter Beauford to even a hint of Iron Maiden, the influences of great musicians surge through this recording’s tastefully constructed passages. Lasting for only five songs, extended_play does not waste any time on extended solos or free-jamming. Also removed is gratuitous abuse of technical skill and showy stunts. Remaining are solid, lean compositions begging for repeated critical listening. -- RECOIL MAGAZINE