Jeff's upward spiral in status as a musician, guitar player and innovator are, in part, due to his fans, the response of audiences, record buyers, the superlative musical talent of members of his group(s), critical acclaim, musical awards and management.
His musical vision and exploration for a fresh sound within the power-trio format culminates in Narada Michael Walden being replaced on drums by Veronica Bellino, who will record and tour with Jeff and bass player, Rhonda Smith, in 2012.
I hope the recordings produce an album hailed as innovative and imaginative, and reveal fresh depths to Jeff's guitar playing and music. No doubt Jeff opened a highly creative and productive phase with the four-piece unit incorporating Tal Wilkenfeld (bass), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums) and Jason Rebello (keyboards). Numerous recorded and filmed performances are testament to the inspired music created; the qualities of classic, precision and eloquence, come to mind.
I admit to disappointment when Jeff announced a new touring band in 2010: Narada Michael Walden (drums) and Rhonda Smith (bass) to join Jason Rebello on keyboards. It proved, however, to be a successful collaboration. The music - like the rhythms - changed, as did the performances. Jeff is, once more, seeking out new creative territory. I trust it proves successful, both musically and emotionally. Finally, it would be great to see Jeff reuniting with Tal & Vinny for an album and tour.