Web Music



This page is for up and coming artists and bands who are promoting themselves through a presence on the net. These acts are mainly either unsigned or on small independent labels and find using sites such as MP3.com, or creating their own page a good new way of promoting interest. It's possible to down load complete songs for your own use, or if you prefer just listen - and if you like what you hear there is usually product for sale.

As and when I find music with good electric piano content I shall feature it here and provide links to the relevant places. If you know of any bands or artists appropriate for this section, maybe you are one yourself, please mail me for inclusion.

The links are made by clicking on the logos.


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Germany's Philipp Peltz describes himself as 'a freak playing the Rhodes', which maybe explains his chosen moniker of Skizzo Franick. There is some really excellent stuff to download on from his MP3.com page. Rhodes Time has a great dirty sounding piano riffing over beats, this contrasts strongly with atmospheric and melodic All The Way On which has a little Rhodes at the start before piano and vibes dominate. Riding The Real Curve is more nice Rhodes hooks followed by some synthetic trumpet. All of Philipp's tracks are well produced and worth investigating, I for one am buying his CD.

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Thrust

Cool and funky jazz from Italy with this new four piece band. Pancho Ragonese plays the great sounding Rhodes, which is nice and upfront on three downloadable audio clips. The site also includes gig info, member bios and a few photos.




Essential download alert!! Funky People have some crisply recorded, Rhodes drenched jams to check out. First up is the mammoth Complet New Jam (Part One), pure funky Rhodes for the first 4 minutes before a cool muted trumpet joins in. Also take a listen to HouseMix which loops up an energetic Rhodes riff in fine style. Recommended.

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Daniel Biro

Daniel has made a very unique Rhodes album called Elegant Enigmas for the Sargasso label. The recording includes a mammoth 40 minute solo work for the Rhodes and a duet with a harpsichord. Follow the link for a couple of downloadable samples of this original and individual work along with further information on the artist and his concept.




Jaffa (aka David Kakon) has his debut album called Elevator out now. Browse the pages on his label's site (you'll need Macromedia Flash) to hear some looped excerpts of his mellow Rhodes plus beats sound. Some of clubland's big hitters are involved on remix duty which will hopefully bring deserved attention to this new artist. A full review will follow when I have a copy of the album.( This link replaces the old one for David K. )

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Funky Presidents

This now defunct group from Augsburg, Germany play funky acid-jazz that's along similar lines to groups such as the Brand New Heavies. There are two MP3's to download, L.O.W. and Let's Get Down To The Nitty Gritty both of which feature the Rhodes supplying mellow chords as part of the band.




Boston is home to this trio who are definitely on the rise with an impressive array of dates and projects detailed on their site. Check out Stopping For Traffic Is A Sign Of Weakness in the music section which has great, crunchy sounding e-piano played by Mike Weitman. It's taken from the debut album Echobox, which the band will be promoting this year, so there will be a chance to catch their uncompromising brand of funk live.

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Mark de Clive-Lowe is a pianist from New Zealand who has contributed his skills to collaborations with many well known jazz influenced club artists. As his new album is now out, (check out Tracks 12) some songs have been removed from his MP3.com site. Better Days (Dub) which is a percussive, looping track with cool e-piano elements remains a worthy download though. Mark also has a personal website which has more infomation on his Six Degrees CD/LP release.




Ethan is based in New York and has some samples of his cool playing with various projects on his new site. He prefers to use the Wurlitzer and there are both live and studio examples to listen to. There is also information on forthcoming gigs that he is playing so if you're near, check them out.

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Vegas Lounge come from Madison, Wisconsin in the U.S.A. and describe their music as acid-jazz. Five tracks are available from the CD The Sound From The Lounge to either stream or download. David Collman's Fender Rhodes is very prominent in all tracks, often laying down a nice bed for the trumpet of David Jorgenson. Numerical and Something Completely New are my favourites - check them all out yourself by clicking on the logo.




Washington DC is currently home for Sour Mash and their MP3.com page offers two songs from this years I Never Do This CD. It's Tenor Street that catches my ear, a nice and easy combination of acoustic guitar and electric piano on a good, catchy song. Joti Rockwell is the guest keyboard player and he grooves away nicely as well as playing a cool solo.

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Mother Funk Conspiracy were formed last year and include in their line up former Tower of Power saxophonist Paul Perez. On the track called Somethin' Else pianist Dennis Hamm gets a chance to shine before the saxman lets rip. This Southern Californian group also have a website which appears to be part of Dennis' homepage. Very funky and competent music from this new band - well worth supporting.




A real bit of fun from Kay Buena that I could not resist putting in, not least because of the title. Fender Rhodes - Oh, Jo Carol is an amusing song and features Kay on Rhodes aswell as vocals. It's song number six from this prolific and experienced artist.

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Smokin' With Superman

Formed in February 1999, acid-funk band Smokin' With Superman are another fine example of the Madison, Wisconsin music scene. Click on the graphic to link to their site's audio section and check them out. Of particular interest to this page is Mark Siegenthaler's playing on Something To Believe In.




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