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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... »

Raga Bop Trio

Steve Smith Interview : Raga Bopping

For nearly three decades in music Steve Smith has proven himself as one of the finest technicians worldwide on the drum kit. Adept at nearly every style from fusion (Jean-Luc Ponty, Steps Ahead, Vital Information), pop (Journey, Mariah Carey), and straight jazz (Buddy’s Buddies, Jazz Legacy) through to his original iconoclastic work on the Tone Center label, Smith’s formidable technique has earned... »

Walter Kolosky

Walter Kolosky Interview: Follow Your Heart

Walter Kolosky, the author of the acclaimed Power, Passion and Beauty – The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra had no plans to write a book specifically about the leader of that band, John McLaughlin. His next work was going to be about the movies. He says he is still going to write that one, but the order of things has changed. In the meantime, his new book Follow Your Heart: John McLaug... »

Tony Grey

Tony Grey speaks about his Unknown Angels

Bass, the final frontier. Anyone who has taken a moment to study the low frequencies cannot help but notice a philosophical bent that many of its finest exponents take on. Cats like Victor Wooten, Kai Eckhardt, and Jonas Hellborg are just a few of the players at the vanguard of music introspection—low plains drifters, if you will. With the release of his third album Unknown Angels, Tony Grey conti... »

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