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Jannifer Batten - The Guitar Queen


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Uploaded By: Babu Pantha. Added on: 14 February 2011.
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The buzz on Jennifer Batten began rising from the guitar underground in the late '80's. The guitar magazines promptly picked up on Jennifer, chronicling her savvy musicianship and highly original approach to the electric guitar in print. On Guitar for the Practicing Musician's premier compilation record, G.P.M.'s editor wrote, "It was Jennifer's version of John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" that was considered by her peers the 'scariest'and most requested cut on the disc."
At one point Batten was in 6 different bands at once playing everything from straight ahead rock, to metal, to fusion, to funk. Her video credits have included Natalie Cole's "Wild Women Do", Michael Jackson's "Moonwalker", Sara Hickman's "Take It Like A Man", and a feature interview in Hot Guitarist's video magazines premier issue.
A major turning point came in 1987 when she was selected from over 100 guitarists to play in Michael Jackson's highly skilled band which toured the world for one and a half years playing for over 4.5 million people. The Michael Jackson tour helped intensify her drive and musical vision. Jennifer wasted no time after the Bad Tour's grand finale, diving into work on her own album with renown producer Michael Sembello. The glorious results can be heard on 'Above, Below, and Beyond', the title appropriately describing the interesting diversity within. With this debut release, the world at large learned what all the excitement was about.
Shortly after the record's release in the spring of '92, she was asked again to join Michael Jackson for his upcoming "Dangerous Tour". She accepted and went to Europe and Japan. On Jan. 31 '93, she joined Jackson to partake in Superbowl 27's half time entertainment which aired to 1.5 billion people in 80 nations around the planet. It was the largest audience in television history.
In '96, she recorded a track on Carmine Appice's "Guitar Zeus" project which features such guitar soloists as Steve Morse, Paul Gilbert, Doug Aldrich, and Brian May. She also played on 6 tracks on DOC TAHRI'S debut C.D. called "Einstein was a Bullfighter" with X-"Public Image" bassist Bret Helm.
She completed her 2nd solo record "Jennifer Batten's Tribal Rage"~~Momentum," just before she was again asked to join Michael Jackson for his 2 year world tour supporting his newest double album "HIS tory" in '1997.
Jennifer's Tribal Rage project is a much different direction than her first record and is heavily influenced by world music. It is a hybrid of rock and very exotic sounds, including African percussion, Australian didjeredoo, and Scottish bag pipes. It sounds like a rich and moody journey around the planet. The players include Ricky Wolking on bass (Hoey, MaCalpine, Householder, The Nixons), and Glen Sobel (MaCalpine, Saga, Impelliterri). It was released in 97.
In the spring of 98 Jeff Beck asked Jennifer to join his band. They joined forces on the CD "Who Else" and toured the world for a year and 1/2 with Randy Hope-Taylor and Steve Alexander.
Jennifer continued in Jeff's band in the millenium in support of his 2001 release "You Had It Coming". The world tour kicked off in Tokyo Dec 2000 and continued on to America, Canada and Europe. Euro tour dates included many dates with Sting.
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