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Shane Theriot

Shane Theriot Interview

Shane Theriot serves as the Neville Brothers lead guitarist. But he does plenty of things on his own. He has a new record out called Grease Factor. It is a collection of his ideas apart from the group think that must exist as a member of someone else’s band. It is quite an impressive outing. Shane was able to spend a few minutes talking with Abstract Logix.   AL: How did you attain all ... »

Prasanna

Conversations with Prasanna

Prasanna is a guitarist of a unique pedigree. An ex-Naval architect, he pursued his passion of playing the six-string with great dedication. A Berklee alumnus, where he concentrated on Western Classical music, he has developed a style that takes him in very many directions at once. He has wrapped together a great fusion of South Indian Carnatic music and rhythms with all the wonderful elements of ... »

T Lavitz

T Lavitz Interview

T Lavitz is best known for playing the keys for the legendary Dixie Dregs, who mixed a little southern rock and roll with its electric jazz grooves. But over the years Lavitz has excelled on many more fronts. In addition to his solo work, he has made lasting music with the likes of Jimmy Herring, Billy Cobham and the Grateful Dead jazz tribute band, Jazz is Dead. Abstract Logix recently caught up ... »

Chris Poland

Chris Poland

AL: TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT HOW YOU GOT STARTED WITH MUSIC AND SOME OF YOUR EARLY INFLUENCES. CP: My mother actually taught me how to play guitar when I was around 10 or 11. She used to teach me old blues-folk songs. I also took some piano lessons at the time from my aunt. I couldn’t read music, but was able to play things by ear. I did a couple of piano recitals and then ended up getting bac... »

George Brooks

The George Brooks Interview

George Brooks has one of the most distinguished sounds on saxophone today. Over the years, he has performed with greats such as Etta James, Zakir Hussain, Anthony Braxton, Larry Coryell and Henry Kaiser. Abstract Logix spoke to George about his project Summit. For the CD, Brooks brought together four distinguished world musicians, Steve Smith and Zakir Hussain on drums and percussion, Fareed Haque... »

Henry Kaiser

Henry Kaiser Interview

Widely recognized as one of the most creative and innovative guitarists, improvisers, and producers in the fields of rock, jazz and experimental music today, California-based Henry Kaiser is one of the most extensively recorded as well, having appeared on more than 140 different albums. A restless collaborator who constantly seeks the most diverse and personally challenging contexts for his music,... »

Jeff Berlin

Jeff Berlin Interview

Jeff Berlin is one of the most respected and admired bass players around. In addition to his solo albums, Pump It and Taking Notes, he has played with such luminaries as John McLaughlin and is a renowned teacher. His latest release, In Harmony’s Way, is a real jazz CD? in his words. Jeff worked his heart out putting together the recording. He is very happy with the results and he isn’t... »

Chad Wackerman

Chad Wackerman Interview

AL: How is living in Australia different from Los Angeles? CW: I really love it out here. We moved here in 1994 after things started to go a little crazy in California with earthquakes and riots. There are about 4 million people who reside here, so it is very cosmopolitan. I still travel a lot going to the States, Europe, Japan, plus I have a very nice studio in Sydney where I do most of my record... »

Mark Egan

Mark Egan Interview

Bassist Mark Egan has been a fixture of fusion’s bottom end for almost 25 years. He came to fame as a member of the Pat Metheny Group. But his lyrical playing and inventive mind have been in the mix for several noteworthy group projects and some solo efforts. Along with drummer Danny Gottlieb, Egan produced several outstanding albums as a founding member of the fine fusion ensemble Elements.... »

Brett Garsed

Brett Garsed Interview

Australian Brett Garsed began playing guitar at age 12 after hearing Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore play Speed King. Basically self-taught on the instrument, his first band consisted of his two cousins and a friend. In July of 1985, Brett was featured in Guitar Player magazine’s Spotlight column, which was devoted to exposing new talent to the rest of the world. His new album Big Skyi... »

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