Avi Bortnick

Avi Bortnick Interview

Young Avi Bortnick is John Scofield?s rhythm guitarist. Though he is quite happy to be playing rhythm guitar for a jazz superstar, he wants to broaden his horizons. In an attempt to do so, he has just recorded his first solo effort, Clean Slate. Clean Slate is a jazz and funk affair that has a lot of people buzzing. Ari talked about his new direction with Abstract Logix.   AL: How did it all ... »

David Fiuczynski

The Fuze Speaks

Guitarist David ‘Fuze’ Fiuczynski music lands with a Lunar Crush. Never mind that that album is still being talked about years later. Fiuczynski is still shredding. His latest release, Kif, is yet another groundbreaking effort. This time out Dave merges his unique jazz-rock-punk output with the sounds of North Africa. David took some time from his busy schedule at Berklee College of Mu... »

Alex Skolnick

Alex Skolnick Interview

Alex Skolnick’s claim to fame has been as the guitarist for the metal band Testament. But recently, he has turned direction sharply. He has a new highly praised jazz oriented trio record out. Soon he will be touring with another metal man, Chris Poland, who has also reformed himself. Next we will be hearing that George Benson is going metal- just to balance the scales. Abstract Logix recentl... »

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 ... »


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... »

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