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The Michael Landau Group - Live Review

by Morley Seaver

Michael Landau is a widely sought after session player from the Los Angeles area for well over 25 years. He has played with the likes of Rod Stewart, Joni Mitchell and Miles Davis. He is known for his ability to bring across the emotion required by each artist to a level that dwarf lesser lights.

This two-CD set featuring his own band, however, fails to match that emotional level. The set is actually a series of live recordings taped over the past 3 years, taken from a variety of performances. It's broken into two sections. Disc one is more of the fiery blues-rock material with Disc 2 containing the more subdued material.

Disc one is adequate with six tracks that feature Landau's guitar work. While the fret-blazing is good, the songs themselves are just OK with only the first cut "Worried Life Blues" reaching any kind of enthusiasm as far as my ears were concerned. Far better is the second disc where the more jazz-ier arrangements were of a more inspired variety.

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