Vegetarians beware: Los Angeles meat masticators The Bombastic Meatbats are back with another platter of instrumental jazz-rock, funk and fusion. The twelve-track More Meat (recorded in early 2009 and left to marinate until now) follows last year’s Meatbats debut, Meet the Meatbats, and carries on the quartet’s mission to emulate seventies fusion: think Jeff Beck circa 1976, Return to Forever or The Tony Williams Lifetime.While the cartoonish cover art, the exaggerated name and titles like “Mountain of Meat” and “Lobster Legs” might give the feeling of a joke too many, these guys are serious students of classic jazz fusion who have a solid sense of humor. The group is led by drummer Chad Smith (The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot) with ample assistance from guitarist Jeff Kollman (who has a long list of session credits, over a dozen solo ventures and numerous film/TV projects), keyboardist Ed Roth (an arranger and sideman who heads Ed Roth’s Funktone Express) and bassist Kevin Chown (who has performed with other California artists and released solo work).
A modern guitarist for all seasons, Los Angeles-based Jeff Kollman moves seamlessly between everything from electric funk and metal to acoustic folk and blues on his new CD, Silence In the Corridor. Released on his own Marmaduke Records label, it's the latest in a handful of solo efforts by the prolific guitarist and songwriter, who's also part of Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith's funky Bombastic Meatbats band.