By Ron Schepper, Textura
Feature a violinist in an ensemble and my response is positively Pavlovian with excitement. Jerry Goodman in the original Mahavishnu Orchestra established the association, which was subsequently reinforced through exposure to Eddie Jobson (Roxy Music), Geoff Richardson (Caravan), David Cross (King Crimson), and Jean-Luc Ponty (Frank Zappa, Mahavishnu Orchestra v. 2). Recent times have seen Meg Okura, Dominic Ingham, and Tomoko Omura affirming the violinist’s viability as a lead instrument in a jazz context, the latter’s Branches Vol. 1 the latest release to do so. Read this full review here.