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Ney Mello

Ney Mello: Pioneering the Development of High Speed Pick Technique

Georgetown, Washington DC, is a one of kind place where politics abound and history fills each corner. It’s a place where the rich and powerful come to spend a Sunday afternoon and you never know who you’ll meet. On this particular blustery weekend, It was my pleasure to rub elbows, sit, and talk it up with none other than guitarist/composer Ney Mello. Like many others, I’ve been a long time fan o... »

Michael Landau

Michael Landau Organic Interview

What can you say much about the amazing Michael Landau, a guitar player that is probably one of the most recorded guys I know of. Although he has been one of the hottest session players in the musical planet, Michael is absolutely a giant as a solo artist. He has always achieved to make a very personal statement through his music, and his new album Organic Instrumentals is no different. It stands ... »

The Palestine Concert

John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain and Shakti: The Palestine Concert

Though far removed from the occupied Palestinian territories, the Akha people of South East Asia have a saying about music that strikes a universal note; a village without music is not a village. Back in the 1930s and 1940s there was a Palestine Philharmonic but now it’s called the Israeli Symphony Orchestra, just one more example of the cultural occupation that Israel exerts on Palestinians. The ... »

Jeff Richman

Jeff Richman Interview : The Line Up

Guitarist Jeff Richman’s latest album The Line Up has him reuniting with his bandmates from Chatterbox – Richman’s 2005 project which combined elements of west coast jazz with a more jam-oriented focus. Featuring Dean Taba on bass, Joel Taylor on drums, and Mitch Forman on keyboards, the group has an obvious cohesiveness and chemistry that remains as palpable now as it did 6 years ago. In ot... »

Ranjit Barot

Ranjit Barot: From Floating Point to Meeting Point

FROM FLOATING POINT TO MEETING POINT: THE MAKING OF BADA BOOM By Rod Sibley   The phrase World Music should suggest a wide-ranging music form that encompasses the music of cultures from around the planet. But it really depends on what part of the world you’re talkin’ about. In my opinion, the phrase is really a generic term used to easily label any music made outside of the U.S.A.... »

Gergo Borlai

Gergo Borlai: The Hungarian Drum Sensation

It was almost a year ago when keyboardist Scott Kinsey informed Souvik Dutta, the founder of Abstract Logix about Hungarian Drum Sensation Gergo Borlai. Borlai was on drums when he was three years old when he heard Harvey Mason and Joe Morello playing Hancock’s Chameleon and Brubeck’s Take Five. He was accepted into a music school at the age of six performing these songs they were quit... »

John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin: “See clearly … feel deeply”: Improvisation and Transformation

JOHN MCLAUGHLIN: “SEE CLEARLY … FEEL DEEPLY”: IMPROVISATION AND TRANSFORMATION BY: DANIEL FISCHLIN On the cusp of a North American concert tour in late 2010 and hot off the release of To the One, his musical meditation on Coltrane’s A Love Supreme and his own lifelong spirit-quest, celebrated guitarist John McLaughlin agreed to a CSI request for an interview focusing on improvisation and spiritual... »

Chris Taylor

Guitarist Chris Taylor Interview

Seemingly from out of nowhere, New York-based guitarist-composer Chris Taylor has emerged after nearly 30 years on the scene with a brilliant, fully-realized first album as a leader. And though it’s been a long time in coming, Nocturnal may be the most auspicious debut of the year. Reflecting the influences of such potent bands and composers as Weather Report, Pat Metheny, Tribal Tech and the Zawi... »

Bruce Arnold

Bruce Arnold Talks Shop

As jazz and jazz guitar grew in popularity during the decades of the 20th century, many students of all backgrounds and experience levels began to seek out the top teachers and players in the field in order to better their comping and improvisational skills. Because of this, several pedagogues became recognized as the most sought after teachers in jazz guitar. Players such as Ted Greene, Howard Ro... »

Raga Bop Trio

Steve Smith 11/10 pt. 2

AL:I remember checking out the interview you did some time ago with Bill Milkowski where you talked about drum machines. Do you have any general opinion about how the trend in having a musician actually play drums to emulate a machine has taken music, or where you feel it might be going? Steve Smith:For thousands of years music was created by musicians playing without the technology of computers o... »

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