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Alex Machacek

Alex Machacek Tales: The 24 Tales Interview

Alex Machacek is one of the few guitarists on the jazz fusion scene who is as revered for his writing as he is for his playing. Through his solo albums and collaborative recordings, the Austrian-native – who currently lives in Southern California and teaches at GIT – has always displayed a knack for writing harmonically rich pieces that put (at least) as much emphasis on the compositio... »

John Czajkowski

John Czajkowski Interview

Guitarist-composer, John Czajkowski, founded the critically acclaimed fusion-rock band, Hectic Watermelon in 2004. The 2006 debut Hectic Watermelon album, The Great American Road Trip, features Jerry Goodman (of Mahavishnu Orchestra and Dixie Dregs) on electric violin. HWM was quickly recognized as a fiery and creative new tour de force earning a number one ranking in the UK Alternative Jazz polls... »

John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin: On The Path To The One

JOHN MCLAUGHLIN: ON THE PATH TO THE ONE One night during the 2009 Five Peace Band tour, John McLaughlin is in the midst of his first solo of the evening. At a peak of inspiration, he starts quoting on his guitar the chant John Coltrane vocalizes on his seminal “A Love Supreme”. However, he does this at the same time the band has started slowing down to end his solo. Rhythmically, McLaughlin’s phra... »

Jeff Richman

Jeff Richman Interview

AL: You seem to have a desire for arranging and producing all-star records. This is not an easy thing to do and be successful, but you have been. How do you manage all these guys together?   JR: Thanks for the compliment. It kind of all has happened organically. I love playing at the Baked Potato here in LA. I would call the best players I know and I recorded some of the gigs. This is how Liv... »

Strat Andriotis: Less Off Patient

Strat Andriotis: Less Off Patient

Influenced by jazz guitar legends Django Reinhardt and John McLaughlin, Greece-born (now Canada-based) guitarist Strat Andriotis has released his latest CD entitled Less Off Patient, the follow up to Strat’s critically acclaimed 2015 CD, Liars Incorporated. Less Off Patient features eleven original tracks of instrumental guitar music, blending elements of Gypsy jazz and classical music. Strat is j... »

Brian Kastan: Roll the Dice on Life

Brian Kastan: Roll the Dice on Life

New York’s Brian Kastan seems like an interesting fellow. He is an award-winning nature photographer, has a Masters in Music, and a degree in psychology. He’s a certified clinical hypnotist and a published author. He composes for Hollywood films and TV. He’s also just self-released the all-original Roll the Dice on Life. This is a two-disc set. The first focuses on composition and is s... »

Uros Spasojevic Project: Third View

Uros Spasojevic Project: Third View

This release, Uros’ third, is quite different than either of its predecessors. Meoldy seems to be the focus this time, and the emphasis on ‘hummable’ bits causes you to want to listen again and again. The sometimes dense and frenetic harmonic information that often plagues recordings of this genre are not found here. A rocking, driving tune would have been nice, but having one in... »

Jeff Richman

Jeff Richman Sizzles

Q: Jeff thank you for such an inspirational and well written record , what influences your song writing ? Jeff Richman: Everything that is around me influences me. I am always looking for something new to listen to whether it is on CD’s, streaming or live concerts. I hope for an inspirational moment which will get me started on a new song. Q: Its quite apparent that you love Jimmy Haslip as ... »

Wonderland Park (featuring Allen Hinds): Just Get In

Wonderland Park (featuring Allen Hinds): Just Get In

I recently reviewed L.A. based guitarist Allen Hinds’ excellent Fly South for AllAboutJazz.com, and his concurrent release — a trio outing with the band Wonderland Park, Just Get In — provides a contrasting glimpse of the his robust artistic powers. Fans of Jeff Beck, Jimmy Herring and other guitar luminaries should check out Hinds who has made a name for himself as a top-flight session ace,... »

Michael Atonal Vick - Sound As Music Presents: ProNounced Triple-V (VVV)

Michael Atonal Vick – Sound As Music Presents: ProNounced Triple-V (VVV)

Michael Vick may be best known as the founder of the NYC International Fretless Guitar Festival, but he also has a larger role in bringing the fretless guitar into the mainstream. Vick says, I feel with acoustic fretless guitar one can get the purity of tone and intonation that has been missing from most guitar literature, and on the flipside, the electric fretless guitar can project the artist an... »

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