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B.D. Lenz, Lost and Found Independent, 1999 E-mail: email@example.com Cyberhome: Hear and buy B.D. Lenz CDs New Jersey-based guitarist B.D. Lenz writes tightly arranged charts in a fusion style reminiscent of Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, and Mike Stern. Containing elements of funk, R&B, rock, and latin, Lenz's music is palatable but not especially distinctive. His solos, however, are fluid and interesting; his tone is clean and full-bodied. And his band is on the money. Geoff Mattoon contributes strong tenor and soprano sax work throughout. Keyboardist Daniel Mintseris, electric bassist James Rosocha, and drummer Tom Cottone are the other core players. Making guest appearances are acoustic bassist Ron Velosky, drummers Brendan Buckley and Greg Federico, and percussionist Joe Mekler. Some of the highlights include Rosocha's bass solo on "Lazy Bones," Lenz's ferocious solo on "Grandma Rosocha," and the 5/4 riffs of "Primitive." ~David R. Adler
B. D. Lenz: Tell The World (CD, 58:32); Independent release, BDL111, 1997 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cyberhome: http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/9827/ This is Lenz’s superb, guitar-driven release that set the scene for his equally exceptional follow- up; Lost and Found. I really enjoyed Lenz’s riffing and strong song-writing on every cut. His studies with the famous Mike “Sterno” Stern show through everywhere. Imitation? No. Lenz just has that same fired-up passion for jazz and fusion rockin’ things out too. The slower, quieter movements, the lightning-swift runs, and the overdriven wailings of explosive legatos and string bends all flow together as one thought. Lenz has mastered his instrument and his confidence overflows everywhere. Fans of Stern’s releases with great sax/axe unison lines and interplay will also surely get off on Lenz’s jams. His fine jazz tastefulness and fusion rock drive is perfectly balanced. I’d give this CD a “two thumbs up” and a “golden pick” rating. High recommendations. Trust me, Lenz has got the right stuff. ~ John W. Patterson Track Listing: Tell The World, Funky Soup, From The Heart, Making Amends, Stick-N-Stones, Noxious Fumes, Perseverance, From The Heart – Reprise Main Personnel: B.D. Lenz - guitars, Geoff Mattoon - saxes, James Rosocha - bass, Brendan Buckley – drums, Joe Mekler - percussion
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