Frank Varela | Grandma's Revenge (feat. Rick Marshall and Bob Laramie)

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Grandma's Revenge (feat. Rick Marshall and Bob Laramie)

by Frank Varela

This album features fiery jazz fusion guitar that morphs from styles like Wes Montgomery to Santana to Hendrix at the drop of a hat. Varela, along with virtuosos, bassist Bob Laramie and drummer Rick Marshall, soars into the stratosphere!
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Rock
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1. Ganja Groove (feat. Rick Marshall & Bob Laramie)
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2. Wussy Grandma (feat. Rick Marshall, Bob Laramie & Lucian Varela)
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4:39 $0.99
3. Giant Steps (feat. Rick Marshall & Bob Laramie)
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4. Angelina Park (feat. Rick Marshall & Bob Laramie)
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5. Grandma's Revenge (feat. Rick Marshall & Bob Laramie)
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5:35 $0.99
6. Gospel Truth (feat. Rick Marshall & Bob Laramie)
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7. Upstream (feat. Rick Marshall & Bob Laramie)
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bruce burkhart

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CD if you are looking for sophisticated jazz tunes played with the energy of rock and the feeling of the blues. Frank Varela has created one of the best blends of rock and jazz guitar that I've ever heard. Get this CD and you'll hear it too. You also hear Bob Laramie's prodigious technique channeled nicely into his solo work, as Ricky Marshall adds a solid and interesting underpinning on the drums throughout. These guys have played together for years, they know Frank's music inside and out, and this CD showcases them at their best.
Fella, you won't go wrong with Varela. Female fellas won't either.

Morgan

An wonderful, powerful and melodic mix of jazz, blues, and everything in between
This is an extremely energetic and eclectic record, with virtuosic musicianship courtesy of Frank Varela on guitar, Bob Laramie on electric bass, and Ricky Marshall on drums, with a guest appearance by Lucian Varela on vocals. When I say this album is eclectic, I truly mean it. The first tune is a jazz tune, the second tune is a bluegrass/country tune, the fifth tune incorporates elements of funk and rock, the sixth tune is a traditional blues/gospel style tune, and so on. What makes this album so enjoyable from my perspective is that despite the versatility of it, it never ceases to entertain, and more importantly (at least to me) it never sounds lost, or confused, or muddled. This becomes an issue for a lot of bands who play such an eclectic mix of genres and styles, but not in this case. Truly a treat to listen to, from start to finish. My only complaint is that I wish it were longer, but I do suppose that further material could be included on a future album.
Overall, an A+ (about a 98%, as the album length is a minor, minor complaint for me - I'll admit I'm used to 80-minute-long-per-disc progressive rock epics and that this album is plenty long in the sense that it covers all the ground that it possibly could, and does so brilliantly)

Ron Pucci

CAUTION: This CD contains REAL GUITAR PLAYING!
CAUTION: This CD contains REAL GUITAR PLAYING! I have a single disc CD player in my car. When I put this CD in, I find that I don't change to another CD for weeks at a time. This Frank Varela seems to be able to do anything he wants to on guitar, but it's more than that. He also seems to be able to get whatever sound and tone he wants whenever he wants it. The bottom line is what comes out of the speaker. What came out of Frank Varela's amplifier speaker when he recorded this is some of the most soulful guitar you may ever hear. Too bad guys like Terry Kath, Jimi Hendrix and Wes Montgomery aren't around to hear this one. Or maybe
somehow they are listening to this one on the other side, with all three of them saying....."Oh,....this is good."