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Rare Blend

Based in Cleveland Ohio, the music of Jazz Rock Fusion band Rare Blend continues to resonate with all who embrace a progressive multi-genre approach to original instrumental music. Drawing from diverse styles and cross genres, Rare Blend’s music drips with atmosphere. Somehow familiar and brand new at the same time. Truly a distinctive, original artistic statement. During their active years (1995-2010), Rare Blend received favorable press reviews, radio airplay, had been invited to be included on regional and national compilation discs, and found themselves performing on bills that ranged from Jazz to jam band, fusion to progressive rock. They shared bills or opened for the likes of David Sanborn, Special EFX, Ozric Tentacles, Tunnels, Dark Star Orchestra, Kevin Eubanks, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Spyro Gyra, Frogg Cafe, Los Lobos, and others...


Started in 1993 Rare Blend (Samalot / Holt), was born from a working relationship in a local music production house in the Cleveland. In between projects, the two wrote music combining elements from Rock, Jazz and Fusion genres with a progressive edge and released their debut independent CD entitled Cinefusion. The debut offering received local, national, and even international college radio airplay and was performed live in small intimate venues in Ohio.


In 1998, Rare Blend expanded the group to include drums and bass. Once a quartet, they dug in their heels to polish RB’s live performance and to write new tunes. The musicianship and collaborative influences took the band’s aural offerings to the next level. Performing the local / regional circuit Rare Blend’s curious hum was a staple among progressive bands in the Northeast Ohio area.
CD album recordings added to the catalog to date:


· INFINITY (2000) Introduced veteran bassist Jeff Scott and drummer Paul Stranahan
· EVOLUTION THEORY (2002) With Scott and Stranahan
· STOPS ALONG THE WAY (2006) Introduced veteran drummer (Fayreweather, Tie Dye Harvest, and Wish You Were Here) Vince Broncaccio, whose talent brought a fresh nuance to the group during 2005 and 2006.


· SESSIONS (2009) With veteran drummer Ivan George, whose fusion style influenced by Billy Cobham and Dennis Chambers has brought the improvisational edge to the RB fold since 2007.


Currently, Rare Blend is on permanent hiatus however given their creative appetite to mix style and genres, Rare Blend leaves a lasting discography that continues to reach new listeners.


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