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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tommy Bolin: "Great Gypsy Soul"; A Special Tribute Album Coming This Spring; Tracks And Musicans Revealed

"Great Gypsy Soul" is produced by Greg Hampton and Warren Haynes. It`s a remarkable tribute project that brings together major players who actually perform alongside Tommy Bolin's playing and vocals from the recording outtakes to his solo debut album, "Teaser": 

Tommy Bolin occupied a brief, but shining stint as a brilliant guitarist who wowed those in the know with his mastery of many genres - rock, fusion, funk, reggae and heavy metal among others. Along with a much lauded solo career that, pushed the boundaries of rock/jazz fusion, Bolin played with the James Gang and Deep Purple which set him up for major solo guitar stardom which was cut short by his untimely death in 1976.

Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes (a key supporter of the project), Nels Clive, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Brad Whitford, Joe Bonamassa, John Scofield and Glenn Hughes all contribute to this amazing project. "Great Gypsy Soul" will be released on 429 Records on March 27th in both a single CD format and double CD with bonus tracks. A series of promotional concerts are also in the works.

Tommy Bolin was the quintessential guitar prodigy who focused his talents within the burgeoning rock/metal scenes of the early 70's as well as mastered a highly lauded jazz fusion technique, catching the attention of rock tastemakers and guitar legend peers. It was just a matter of time before Bolin was making a name for himself playing on projects as diverse as Billy Cobham's Spectrum project (considered one of the great jazz fusion recordings of all time), replacing Joe Walsh in the James Gang, playing session work on seminal fusion projects by Moxy and Alphonse Mouzon, to replacing Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple. With the release of his second solo album, "Private Eyes", what should have been a red letter moment for Bolin, opening up for Jeff Beck in Miami, sadly turned tragic as Bolin was found dead of an overdose shortly after the gig.

Disc 1:
'The Grind' (with Peter Frampton)
'Teaser' (with Warren Haynes)
'Dreamer' (with Myles Kennedy and Nels Cline)
'Savannah Woman' (with John Scofield)
'Smooth Fandango' (with Derek Trucks)
'People People' (with Big Sugar and Gordie Johnson)
'Wild Dogs' (with Brad Whitford)
'Homeward Strut' (with Steve Lukather)
'Sugar Shack' (with Glenn Hughes and Sonny Landreth)
'Crazed Fandango' (with Steve Morse)
'Lotus' (with Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Huges and Nels Cline)

Disc 2, Bonus CD:
'Flying Fingers' (with Oz Noy and Nels Cline)
'Marching Bag -Movement One' (with Nels Cline, Bolin, Greg Hampton, John Scofield, Sonny Landreth)
'Marching Bag - Movement Two' (with Nels Cline, Bolin, Steve Lukather, Derek Trucks, Peter Frampton)
'Marching Bag - Movement Three' (with Gordie Johnson, Bolin, Nels Cline, Oz Noy, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Joe Bonamassa)
'Marching Bag - Movement Four' (with Nels Cline, Bolin, Warren Haynes, Joe Bonamassa, Oz Noy, Brad Whitford, Peter Frampton) 

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