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... »

Adam Nitti

Adam Nitti Interview

Bassist and composer Adam Nitti is making his mark. He is always a treat to see perform with any musician. His unique style and sound stands out. We recently caught up with Adam as he is preparing for his electronic education project with John Patitucci. AL: You started pretty young. AN: My parents had given me a toy drum set around the time I was 5 years old. My uncle later gave me a toy acoustic... »

John Molo

John Molo Exclusive

Drummer John Molo has provided the driving and supportive rhythms for Phil Lesh and Pat Metheny. For years he has been Bruce Hornsby’s main stick man. His new musical journey starts with the release of the instrumental heavy Modereko CD. The band’s first album stands out as an adventurous expression of rock, jazz and soul. Abstract Logix recently spoke with John. AL: You are taking a n... »

V Selvaganesh

V Selvaganesh

It was a beautiful evening in Calcutta. The guys had just finished a series of shows in town and were about to head to North East India for another series of shows. I had already set up a time to talk to Selvaganesh who played kanjeera with Jonas Hellborg a couple of nights previous. As I knocked on the door, he politely asked us to come inside. It seems that he and Jonas were working on something... »

Andrea Marchesini

Andrea Marchesini

Drummer Andrea Marchesini has caught the ears of some mighty fine contemporary musical artists. Using NYC as a base, he has played and recorded with such stars as Mike Stern and Jonas Hellborg. AL: What is your background? AM: I was born in Alassio, on the Italian north-western Riviera, in 1960. German mother and father from Sud Tyrol, a strange combination in a relatively new town which experienc... »

Dennis Chambers

Dennis Chambers

Any time there is a chance to see Dennis Chambers…….I?ll be there…..Put Dennis with Billy Sheehan and there is no telling what might happen. Then mix in one part B3, John Novello, and you get Niacin. Supporting their new album Time Crunch the band made a stop in the D.C. area and we decided to drop in and see some heavy-duty fusion. If you are not familiar with this trio you shou... »

Paul Hanson

Over the Top with Paul Hanson

Bassoonist Paul Hanson has taken the overlooked and rather snobbish labeled instrument to places never expected. He is leading the way for others to bring this ancient wood out of the orchestral background to stand front and center. Paul recently spoke to Abstract Logix about his career. AL: For new fans, tell a little bit about yourself and the bassoon. PH: I’m from Berkeley CA. I was born ... »

Wayne Krantz

Wayne Krantz Speaks

Guitarist Wayne Krantz cuts a wide swath. His anti-establishment view of music and the music business has him trying to develop new ways to create and market his sound. Currently he is working on some educational tools that he hopes to offer on his website. Krantz has performed with the likes of Billy Cobham and Michael Brecker and led his own bands as well. He spent some time talking to Abstract ... »

Garaj Mahal

Garaj Mahal Interview

AL: How was Garaj Mahal Formed? KE: A lot of coincidence. Basically, a few people in the bay area came up with this idea. The band KVHW fell apart, our drummer, Alan Hertz, was in KVHW, so he was looking for some other musicians to play with. Fareed’s name came up and some other musicians names came up. So it became this kind-of jam session. Then the jam session turned into a band and then t... »

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