Rob Lavery | Solo Journey

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Solo Journey

by Rob Lavery

One of the ultimate lyrical guitarist's! Smooth & Clean! One of the Most melodic "Trail blazing", styles, to come along in some time! "Best Hands In The Business" Some have stated! Compositionally, a musical "Tour De Force" of Fusion, Rock & Jazz!
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. The Highlander
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2. Gland War
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3. Atonal Wanderer
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4. In Accordance to Your Dreams
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5. I Want You Now
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6. I Am You Are
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7. The Waylock
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8. The Wedge Factor
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9. Everything We Like
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One of the ultimate lyrical guitarist's! Smooth & Clean! One of the Most melodic "Trail blazing", styles, to come along in some time! "Best Hands In The Business" Some have stated! Compositionally, a musical "Tour De Force" of Fusion, Rock & Jazz!

Rob Lavery's "Solo Journey" started when this supple-fingered Jersey born musician started playing violin at age 6, drums at 7, picked up the guitar at 8 and piano at 10. Since then, this Savant type boy has never looked back.
He cut his Freshman year in High School to play with 30 year old's and already had his first serious band and was performing regularly in clubs with “Meridian”, a 6-piece jazz fusion band Featuring Frankie Valli’s daughter, Francine on Vocals. He then went on to land the 1986 “Electra Records Undiscovered Artist of the Year Award, by Composing, arranging and performing all instruments on entry, “Sparks”. After that Columbia Records recording artists, The Burns Sisters Band, picked up Rob as their lead guitarist. During his term, The Burns Sisters Band, had 2 hits. “Listen to the Beat of a Heart” charted #11 nationwide on adult contemporary radio and “I Wonder Who’s Out Tonight” top ten hit on many radio stations across the country. He opened shows for bands like Huey Lewis & The News, Govt. Mule, Stray Cats, Orleans, John Cafferty, Billy Squire and the Psychedelic Furs among others. He then went on to Composing, music for movies such as, MGM film “Crooked Hearts” and John Candy’s film “Delirious”.
During this whole time, Rob had this music brewing inside of him and was waiting to percolate! He teamed up with Paul Corona, and for years Paul learned these tunes note for note and perfected his craft!

The debut album, "Solo Journey" Is a self produced musical collection of beautifully melodic instrumental compositions, with elements of Fusion, Rock & Jazz. On this CD there is never a shortage of blazing guitar solos, and high spirited drum sounds of rock, timpani styled fills of fusion music, with the Poly Rhythms of Jazz to say the least. The tunes take you on a little journey from the calm to the relentless! Not for the faint of heart!

This nine song CD consists of,
1. The Highlander - Film score type fusion piece and orchestrated homage to scottish dad, Hugh Lavery
2. Gland War - Dedicated to Frank Z.
    "I adore it when I don't know what's coming next! Gland war is this! xx" – To Dance is to Breath
3. Atonal Wanderer - A rockin' fusion piece! A throwback to the days of "Jazz/Rock". Inspired by the painting, "The Atonal Wanderer"
4. In Accordance to You Dreams - A beautiful Celtic feeling acoustic ballad!
    "My favorite is, "In Accordance to your Dreams", Great guitar work, awesome melody line & articulation." – Larry R     Campbell
    "Crisp, clear, and clean-like a breath of fresh air..." – Russell Carl Kline
5. I Want You Now! - Playful fusion tune written for a playful person! Great guitar!
6. I Am You Are - Masterfully relentless, Latin flavored fusion composition in 5/8! Prepare yourself!
7. The Waylock - A metal style fusion tune, great guitar and melody line, rockin'!
8. The Wedge factor - Musical "Tour De Force", rockin' 3 and 1/2" min. fusion tune! "The Wedge factor became a very     valuable tool to keep the storm out!"
    "The Wedge Factor, a "Tour De Force"! This musical cohesion not heard since the heyday of Mahavishnu Orchestra and     Return to Forever" – Starr Child - Aquarian Weekly
9. Everything We Like - Beautifully impressionistic composition, but powerfull! "Paint's a picture of... "The crack of dawn,     of a new day, in a new world, of the intentions of man."

All songs written, arranged, produced, engineered, mixed & mastered by Rob Lavery.
This record has only actual played tracks, no loops or samples.
Recorded At “The Ridge”, NJ, NY.

About the members: Rob Lavery - All Instruments
Paul Corona - Drums
Ben Orick - Drums on “Atonal Wanderer”
Dave Moore - Drums on “I Want You Now”
Michael “Clip” Payne - Percussion on “I AM You Are”
Kyle Esposito - Bass on Funk solo sections of
“Everything We Like”


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D Noyes

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This is a fascinating and oft times invigorating album: it's literally 'All Over The Place' - and I mean that in a very positive sense - but it also, because of the sequencing of the songs, comes across as a really enjoyable cohesive whole. Equally eye opening (well, Ear opening actually) is the diversity of musical influences that permeate these 9 delightfully different tunes: I hear everything/everyone from rambunctious jazz fusion monsters like John McLaughlin & Larry Coyell, sinewy guitar lines like those of Pat Martino right through exuberant and wild Frank Zappa sounding material. (Yeah: "Good Fun"!)

Another facet I found interesting is the writer/player's compositional approach and the arrangements (these are all originals). At one point I was thinking of noting that the structure of the album reminded me a little of how McLaughlin interspaces deep, contemplative laid back songs between his barn burners
— but in all candor (and I guess I'm allowed to say this since Mr. Lavery plays nearly all the instruments on the CD) I can't help but feel that this artist wrote his playbook concerning 'how to play the Studio' itself based on the legacy of a certain Mr. Joe Zawinul.

Now, while I'd recommend playing this from beginning to end since - as I'd noted - the entire series of songs congeal beautifully into a single whole, it's also worth mentioning that this album delivers a diverse variety of complimentary grooves and fires to suit any mood: if you're looking for something orchestral and (yeah, I have to say it) genuinely "pretty", "The Highlander", "Everything We Like" and "In Accordance to Your Dreams" will satisfy your needs: plus these lyrical tunes provide some of the most rocking guitar lines on the album. If, on the other hand, you're hungry for upbeat, burning songs to send you into orbit there are the Zappa-esqe "Gland War", "The Waylock" and "The Wedge Factor".
— Then there are the songs I just don't know how to "label". Take "Atonal Wanderer" for instance: it begins in such a blissful, laid back groove, only to become a launching pad for some of the most scintillating guitar playing on the CD. Killer! And "I Am You Are", which starts off in a sophisticated Fusion groove before bopping' into some insanely lyrical straight ahead jazz guitar which *then* morphs into the kind of blazing rockish burning (what a tone!) most rock guitarists simply dream of being able to pull off.

(Frankly, I don't know how to "categorize" this playing; is it rock/jazz/fusion? I'd say all of the above. Suffice it to say that - considering this gent's blistering technique - it's evident those fingers of his can execute any thought that comes into this guitarist's head, and his playing proves that head is full of enervating and stimulating ideas. This album makes it quite apparent that here's a man who's been listening to *all* kinds of music all his life.)

I'm shying away from a track by track analysis here: I can't help but feel I'd be doing this fabulous music an injustice.
— Need I say that I strongly recommend you folks find out for yourselves?!