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The John Irvine Band

Release Year: 2011

Date Label Catalog # Comments
John Irvin JIB001 or CD Baby
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 9/14/2011 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 11/7/2013 7:39:00 AM by: DBSilver
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John Irvine
guitar, keyboards
Alan Emslie
drums, percussion
Doug Kemp
5 string electric bass

Reviewed by MJBrady on 19 Feb 2012

Making no apologies for his style or preferences of influence, Scottish guitarist and composer - John Irvine has released his first cd, and it is a very good one and a must for fans of Allan Holdsworth, Bill Connors, Metheny, Steve Khan or Eric Johnson, in other words, if you have an affinity for any of the preceeding names' music, than you will certainly be amazed by this musical offering by Mr. Irvine. I was excited to hear this cd based on my impressions of percussionist  Alan Emslie's presence on this, I really enjoyed Emslies solo cd (Read the review here -  which also featured John Irvine

This is a very nice debut, hearing the positive energy that flows from Irvines' playing style proves that he is not just another Holdsworth clone, as he incorporates much more into his playing, and the musical ideas are quite enjoyable. These are two musicians that are worthy of global attention, as they are driving fusion music into more progressive territories not only with Irvines' multi-modal playing style, but having Emslies crafty percussions behind the music is providing a delicate listen experience for the listener.

If you have had the pleasure of divulging into the musical forays of Holdsworth, Whoopgnash, Machacek, Steve Topping, Nico Stufano, Scott McGill, etc. This is a can't miss purchase for all fusion fans, excellent cd!