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Voodoo Tone

by Andy Rothstein

"For fans of rock fusion and progressive jazz there's plenty of superb guitar work on Voodoo Tone to make it well worth your while." - 20th Century Guitar Magazine (February 2007)
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Brain Power
4:45 $0.99
2. If Not Now, Then When
4:10 $0.99
3. Voodoo Tone
3:56 $0.99
4. #1
5:21 $0.99
5. Retro Fuso
3:02 $0.99
6. Absinthe
4:59 $0.99
7. Mojito
4:49 $0.99
8. Giant Steps
6:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
Andy Rothstein
Tony Senatore
Lou Petto
Steve Jankowski
Tom Timko
Vinnie Zummo
Bob Nelson
Tom Gioia
Frank Fagnano

Engineered by Frank Fagnano
Mastered by Andy VanDette
Produced by Andy Rothstein and Frank Fagnano

Read the CD review from February 2007 edition of 20th Century Guitar Magazine, along with a player spotlight about Andy Rothstein here:

Guitarist/Composer Andy Rothstein is regarded as a tasteful player and a musician's musician. His recording and performing credits include Mary's Magnet, Tony Senatore, The Prayer, One More Once, and country vocalist "Link" among others.

Andy has transcribed many guitar folios under the pen name Andy Robyns. Musical transcription credits for Hal Leonard Publishing include Pearl Jam (10), Alice in Chains (Dirt), Nirvana (Incesticide) and Kiss (Greatest Hits) to name just a few. Andy graduated from Rutgers University where he majored in both Music and Computer Science. It is at Rutgers that Andy had the privilege of studying under the tutelage of both Kevin Eubanks and the late great Ted Dunbar. In addition, he studied extensively with both Steve Khan and Vinnie Zummo privately. Andy has performed extensively in top tri-state area venues over the past 20 years and has appeared on several times on television. As a leader, Rothstein’s latest release is "Voodoo Tone" where he teamed up with long time friends Tony Senatore (bass) and Lou Petto (drums).

Here is a summary of the tracks on Voodoo Tone.

BRAIN POWER displays a fierce groove thanks to bassist Tony Senatore and drummer Lou Petto, and is impressionistic of Tower of Power. This track features the phenomenal trumpet playing of Steve Jankowski-along with the masterful saxophone (alto, tenor and baritone) of Tom Timko.Tom takes the 1st solo and it is something special. Steve Jankowski has recorded and toured with Chicago, Blood Sweat and Tears and Nile Rodgers to name a few. Tom Timko has toured and recorded with Gloria Estefan, Blood Sweat and Tears, Chicago, Tower of Power and Don Henley and numerous others.

#1 is a contemplative and progressive rock tune reminiscent of the late great Jeff Buckley and even Soundgarden. This song features the haunting vocals of country singer Link.

VOODOO TONE is the title track of this CD and is really the only track on the CD one may categorize as electric bebop heavily influenced by the likes of Mike Stern, John Scofield, and Bill Frisell. In fact, you may notice a vibe quite suggestive of Marc Johnson’s 1987 record “Bass Desires” featuring both Frisell and Scofield.

IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN is a rock ballad that will draw you in instantly. The jangly guitars, percussive acoustic guitar in the background and Hammond B3 displays a vibe similar to the Wallflowers. The slide guitar, acoustic guitar and vocals give this somewhat of a country edge. The song builds up to a very soulful guitar solo at the end.

RETRO FUSO was written and arranged by Vinnie Zummo who played all instruments as well as the first guitar solo. Andy plays the head along with Vinnie, as well as the 2nd guitar solo. This is a great tune with a hard edge and reminiscent of Jan Hammer with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Vinnie Zummo is a top call NYC session ace who has toured and/or recorded with Joe Jackson and Daltrey among many others.

ABSINTHE is a highly progressive rock tune. If you like the 90’s grunge band “ELEVEN” you will love this. Frank Fagnano’s haunting organ playing sets the tone and the non-traditional arrangement builds from nothing to a firestorm, never repeating the same section twice.

MOJITO is a Latin rock instrumental highly suggestive of Carlos Santana and features Steve Jankowski on trumpet and Tom Timko on saxophone. You will enjoy the tight arrangement and interplay between horns and guitar.

GIANT STEPS is a remake of the John Coltrane jazz standard arranged by bassist Tony Senatore and is played with a hip hop groove at a slower tempo. In addition to Andy’s guitar playing, this track features the keyboard playing of Bob Nelson. Listen closely to the bass playing as Tony Senatore’s lays down an amazing groove here.



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Voodoo Tone
Great music enjoyed it very much!

Randy Shain

Tremendous work
Still love the songs with vocals the best - to me it completes the music, but the instrumental tunes are really growing on me too. All in all something I can, and do, listen to over and over, perhaps the best testament to a CD's appeal.

Kevin McCabe The Westwood Music Group

He Does It In Styles
OK,Lets Go...Great Sound,Super Musicians,Solid Songwriting,and Andy plays his guitar with taste in every style he covers on this cd.Taste is what many guitar players lack in these days of drop C tuning and satanic vocals.I love this entire cd.Kudos to Andy and his fellow musicians on a job more than well-done!

Dennis Waddell

Tasteful Sexy jazz/fusion with great arrangements and musicans.
Well it should be no surprise that this group has it going on.Andy Rothstein and the accomplished musicans he worked with on Voodoo Tone deliver some well needed mix of Jazz and Fusion and progressive Rock.Excellent mix of flavors on this CD.This CD is magical and gives you solid innovative songs and arrangements and what I liked most about Andy's Voodoo Tone CD is the way this group had a great groove on every track.A must buy CD and treat your ears to wonderful music.A must have CD.!!!

Terri LC

Wide Range with Success!
This wide range of styles here is pulled off with much success. This writing is refreshing, and the Giant Steps interpretation is unique. Andy Rothstein plays VERY TASTEY, and has his own voice on the instrument! Mr. Senatore plays some of the best bass you can hear anywhere. The horn arrangements and solos are just GREAT from Mr. Jankowski and Mr. Timko! The organ playing on two of the songs is perfectly developed and played. Very cool and expressive vocals from Link - Excellent. Amazing audio MIXING by engineer Frank Fagnano (who it seems is the organ player, too) – feels like I can reach into the speakers and touch the band! Fantastic sound overall. (( Sorry to say: Four Stars only because drummer is just SO-SO. I am a drummer and I know. Everything else is great so buy it anyway! ))

Mark Erlenwein

Eclectic and Impressive Mix of Musical Genres - Catchy Tunes
The collection of music on this CD is very diverse in its presentation of the various musical genres from jazz, pop, hard rock, alternative and more. There is something for everyone on this CD, and each and every song has a musical element that should be intriguing to any ear, regardless of the musical style. The musicianship on the CD is phenomenal, in regards to playing, arrangement and composition of the songs themselves. There are instrumentals and songs with vocals, a musical medley which includes some introspective cuts and some very catchy songs indeed. Definitely deserves a listen and place in the daily rotation of people’s music play lists. BUY IT!!!!!

Rich Kamerman (Brunswick Records)

Jazz Rock Fusion Killer Guitar & More
Andy's a killer guitar player. That's obvious right from the start. But he's also quite a songwriter, as well as interpreter, and all of his skills shine through on this thoroughly enjoyable CD. A little bit jazz, a little bit rock, a little bit fusion, and a little bit groove. Andy & his fellow musicians cover so many bases, and I found myself playing it again as soon as it was over. Very highly recommended.

Robin Jackson

A mesmerizing blend to revitalize the senses; first-rate entertainment.
Innovative! Vibrant! I was captivated by the music on this amazing CD and can see it having universal appeal. It's first-rate entertainment all the way. Do not pass this one up. You will love it!