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Artistic Expressions CD-DVD

by Jo Sallins

Contemporary Jazz Funk - Jazz Fusion. The cd delivers some fast, funky precision bass, incredible drum work, Chick Corea style keyboards. The dvd well...let's just say....only after you see it, will you believe it..
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. It Is What It Is, Mr. Cool
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2. The Walk
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3. Thou Shalt Not Kill? Parts 1,2,3,4
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4. 2 Drummers 1 Bass
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In preparation for his visit to Tokyo, Japan as ambassador for Spector Bass Jo Sallins (The Dreamer) has put together a very impressive piece of work entitled "ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS" cd-dvd. "ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS" itself is the quintessential culminating work of a man who's been playing professionally since the age of 9. Every musician he's ever dreamed of meeting or playing with, he has done it. Jo Sallins believes in a G.P.A. Goal, Plan and Action. Here's the proof, he learned to play the drums at 9 years old, percussion at 12, bass at 14, piano at 15 and to this day maintains a minimum of 8 hours of study on these instruments, spending the bulk of that time on his newest creation playing the bass and keyboards simultaneously.

Jo put together his first band called "New Star" in the early 80's recalling the very first gig at a Chinese Restaurant, after expenses each bandmember made a grand total of $15.00 a piece. By 1981 "New Star" was without a doubt the hottest top 40 band in the northeast. Opening up for Chaka Khan and traveling to tour in Singapore for a total of 14 weeks. After improving the pay and sustaining 9 years of steady work Jo decided to invest his time in recording origial music. In 1990 he and his good friend and drummer Rick Marshall recorded the Sallins/Marshall Projects “Land of Dreams” 24 recordings later he presents to all that will listen, “ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS”.

What you are about to hear and see is a demonstration of commitment, passion and sacrafice for one person’s believe in being the best that one can possibly be, not for a second, a minute, an hour, a day, a month, but 38 years. Jo Sallins has a saying, “success is a life long journey of doing your absolute best.” “ARTISITC EXPRESSIONS” delivers just that a journey into the life and mind of a master, PERFORMER, EDUCATOR and MUSICIAN.

Performers on dvd: Greg Garstka – guitar
Matthew Wolfgang Garstka – drums
Bob Casinghino – organ
Jesse Casinghino – drums

Performers on cd: Billy Powell – drums (trks.1, 2, 4)
M.W. Garstka – drums (trks. 3, 4)
Warren Ammerman – flute (trk. 3)

Jo Sallins: Spector Basses, Yamaha acoustic and electric keyboards, toca and remo djembe drums, percussion, handclaps, and voice effects.

All music on cd and dvd arranged by Jo Sallins



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Greg Noonan

Congratulations, fabulous, thanks!
The DVD is mind boggling. Wow. I am just blown away - nice quality filming and recording, but it is the performance that just floors me. Even the school segment is inspiring.

I saw my cousin Kevin Noonan of Open Pantry last night, and we were both marveling at your artistry and the DVD.

Congratulations, fabulous, thanks!

Greg Noonan

Drew Goodwin

Artistic Expressions is an intense and wonderful showcase of the many sided Jo S
Artistic Expressions is so impressive not for its narrowness but for the way in which it shows the different sides of Jo Sallins. As a performer Jo presents not only technical precision but also innovative flair and unique creativity. His sound has the rhythmic intensity of a summer thunder storm and the detached cool of its calm. The truly remarkable aspect of this CD/DVD is the way that Jo dispenses with any perceptions of artistic vanity. His section entitled The Educator presents a slice of what proves to be a unique and powerful facet of Jo's personae. He is amazingly able to work and communicate with youth in a positive and influential way. His communication (even non verbal) bares the marks of someone who is truly gifted for musical education, and he never forgets to include a positive resonant message that not only shocks but opens the eyes of youth to a new vision of what to expect from musicians, adults, other people and most importantly themselves. Showcasing both these components of a complex artistic character is the main achievement apparent in Artistic Expressions.

Esma Simohamed

Joe brought a rush of inspirational excitment to our school
This CD really makes you want to get up and get moving.
It is definitely an inspiration to all ages and backgrounds.
I recommned that all educators keep a copy handy for when their students need a pick me up, because Joe will definitely up lift your spirit.
We listen to This CD very often, especially after Lunch.

Rose Barra

Artistic Expressions
Jo is an amazing artist. He is intelligent and adventurous. He is joyous and ever changing. All these adjectives can also be used to describe this album. Jo's passion for music and life comes through. He is selfless. Jo shares his music and talents in a way that inspires others to share the joy. If you ever get the opportunity to experience Jo the educator in person, don't hesitate. Emrace the opportunity and share the joy!

Heshima/Souljourn Music Group

As usual, Jo awes, but the DVD inspires.
Having had the great opportunity to tour and record with Jo for 10 years, I am well aquainted with Mr. Sallins' incredible technical proficiency. Artistic Expressions, is a great example of his never ending drive for technical perfection. Grinding through this latest in his growing body of work, Jo and his band Showcase every lick and trick they have every learned.(Nothing New for Jo). However, the DVD is the real suprise at the bottom of the cracker jack box in this one. Jo has always been so much more interesting live, and this time is no exception. For the fan of improvisational music, Jo's band keeps things semi tame while Sallins unleashes his fury of notes and upon the viewers. For the casual listener, Jo never delves too deeply into complex harmonic structures or the deeper more heady aspects of jazz improvisation, allowing the viewer to enjoy and absorb what is being played. Well worth the investment.

Lisa Mrotek Rhinehart - WTCC-FM Radio

CD & DVD Jo play... two man trio?.. .great value for $20
What is a “Two Man Trio?” You’ve got to see it to believe it. That’s what you get to do on this professionally produced CD/DVD combo that has excellent sound quality. Even the menu page is beautiful with Jo Sallins passionately playing a haunting Flamenco melody on the acoustic bass. Choose from the many facets of Jo Sallins.

My heart lies with Jo Sallins, the Educator. Here is your chance to see the Music Appreciation Program (MAP). I have booked this program over 10 times in my kids ‘ schools. I know the intense focus and fun that Jo is able to achieve in a short period along with his personal message of peace.
Arts are essential. Please bring the MAP to your school.

The best part of the DVD is actually seeing Jo Sallins perform. He is an amazing musician on several instruments. He also utilizes very talented musicians to play with him. You can get to know Jo a little, by watching the interviews. What you don’t see is his sense of humor, silliness, inventiveness and joy of life that is infectious. Maybe next time… CD & DVD – Great Value for $20.


What I love about this collection is the opportunity to get to see Jo the educator. His performance is, no doubt, amazing. I've seen him perform and he is just as rockin' on stage as he is on the screen. Seeing a live performance will blow your mind away. The music portion of the collection reminds me of Victor Wooten and Jaco Pastorius. The DVD portion shows performance, but it also shows the educator, Jo Sallins: his great ability to work with kids and adults; people of all ages. He knows how to have a blast, and watching him share that passion with others is just great. Here's to you Jo! :o)

Maria Swartz

Exciting educator who will inspire many!
This CD/DVD showcases Jo Sallins dedication, drive and talent. As a music teacher, I was fortunate enough to have Jo visit my school and work with my students. As the footage on the DVD shows (from a different school Jo visited), students LOVE Jo, his workshops and his music. The DVD showcases his talent, the variety of styles he plays and the 'story behind the man'. Great musician!