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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... »

Gary Husband

Gary Husband Interview

Gary Husband is a household name for every jazz, fusion and even pop fans today. There are very few people today that can play drums in a heavy setting and can amazingly interpret the music of Allan Holdsworth. He has appeared on monumental recordings of music history and has created a dazzling new record himself. On top of that,he is the backbone of the most interesting pop-jazz bands of our time... »

Alex Machacek

Alex Machacek Interview

When one thinks of Austria; jazz-rock guitarists don’t usually come to mind. Alexander Machacek wants to change that. Alex has released a stunning new CD called Featuring Ourselves. While Machachek maintains a core sound of his own, some of his playing is similar to what you may hear from the guitars of Frank Zappa and Alan Holdsworth. Abstract Logix was able to ask Alex a few questions. AL:... »

Jeff Sipe

Jeff Sipe Interview

Jeff Sipe, AKA Apt Q 258, is one of the most prolific and creative drummers around. Anyone who has seen him pound away on his kit with fireplace tools or kids? toys will attest to that! Jeff has buoyed the performances of many of today’s leading bands and stars such as the Aquarium Rescue Unit, Jeff Coffin, Susan Tedeschi, Oteil Burbridge, Jazz is Dead and Hellborg/Lane. Jeff says his drummi... »

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