Born: April 2, 1972
Jazz-Fusion guitarist, Brian Kastan introduces his newest CD, “Not So Standard. This album showcases dynamic New approach to playing mostly jazz and two classic rock standards from the sound perspective on the Brian Kastan group. The goal of this album is to demonstrate how Brian has developed a new and exiting hybrid finger picking technique that allows the listener to hear something new with-in the American songbook that brings the listener on a virtuosic and sensitive improvisational journey. The band is constantly pushing, pulling, and weaving the compositions to create music that articulates the feeling of always evolving with in the structure of the composed song. This album produces high energy jazz-fusion between Brian Kastan’s raw yet playful electric guitar, Miles Griffith’s rich provocative vocals, bassist Steve Rust’s artful sound pallet, and Peter O’Brien’s rhythmic and dynamic play on drums—All of which take the listener on a journey to new, uncharted musical territory. “Not So Standard” showcases their skills—and their musical telepathy in a way that is ultimately satisfying and exciting for both the players and listeners. Brian Kastan plays electric/acoustic guitar, electric bass, and composes soundtracks for TV and Film and has released 10 albums as a band leader. Played guitar for Nonsuch Record Label, Rhys Cantham's The Grissom Grail, Recorded Live at Lincoln Center in 2010
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Jazz Views With CJ Shearn: Best albums of 2016
Jazz Views with CJ Shearn Best Albums of 2016 year end list.
A lot of impressive albums this year, if not all have been reviewed on the blog, they
certainly have been listened to. What I consider to be the crème de la crème this year.
Brian Kastan: Roll The Dice On Life (Kastan Records)
ROLL THE DICE ON LIFE: Ev’ry once in a while, a promoter sends me an album they
may not even realize is destined to make musical HISTORY… think “Zappa 21st
Century”… Brian’s guitar is just killer.
Sometimes I get some strange stuff in for review