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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... »

Jeff Richman

Jeff Richman Interview

Jeff Richman has been a fixture on the west coast jazz scene for some 20 years. In addition to his highly-regarded solo recordings, the LA-based guitarist has an extensive list of session and sideman credits, which includes work with artists such as Ernie Watts, T Lavitz, Mark Isham, Robbie Krieger, M’shell Ndegeocello, and many others. Richman is also an educator who has taught at both Musician&#... »

Jonas Hellborg

Jonas Hellborg: A Candid Conversation

Over the last 30 years, Jonas Hellborg has simultaneously defied and defined what it means to be an electric bass player. In the 21st century, he is doing more of the same. As one of the most iconoclastic musicians experimenting with the bottom frequencies, Hellborg has seemingly never been at a loss for ideas or direction. From his new approach to the bass (aside from Spinal Tap, who else had the... »

Ehsaan Noorani

Ehsaan Noorani Interview: Music, Film and Beyond

For those of you who are finding out about Ehsaan Noorani, for the very first time, he is one of the finest composers of Indian Film Music often termed as Bollywood, a mammoth machine that churns out big movies quite so like Hollywood, if not more. However what sets the two film industry apart among many things, is the music score that is as integral to the movie as the movie itself. In fact in a ... »

Alex Machacek

Alex Machacek Tales: The 24 Tales Interview

Alex Machacek is one of the few guitarists on the jazz fusion scene who is as revered for his writing as he is for his playing. Through his solo albums and collaborative recordings, the Austrian-native – who currently lives in Southern California and teaches at GIT – has always displayed a knack for writing harmonically rich pieces that put (at least) as much emphasis on the compositio... »

John Czajkowski

John Czajkowski Interview

Guitarist-composer, John Czajkowski, founded the critically acclaimed fusion-rock band, Hectic Watermelon in 2004. The 2006 debut Hectic Watermelon album, The Great American Road Trip, features Jerry Goodman (of Mahavishnu Orchestra and Dixie Dregs) on electric violin. HWM was quickly recognized as a fiery and creative new tour de force earning a number one ranking in the UK Alternative Jazz polls... »

Jeff Richman

Jeff Richman Interview

AL: You seem to have a desire for arranging and producing all-star records. This is not an easy thing to do and be successful, but you have been. How do you manage all these guys together?   JR: Thanks for the compliment. It kind of all has happened organically. I love playing at the Baked Potato here in LA. I would call the best players I know and I recorded some of the gigs. This is how Liv... »

Jeff Richman

Jeff Richman Sizzles

Q: Jeff thank you for such an inspirational and well written record , what influences your song writing ? Jeff Richman: Everything that is around me influences me. I am always looking for something new to listen to whether it is on CD’s, streaming or live concerts. I hope for an inspirational moment which will get me started on a new song. Q: Its quite apparent that you love Jimmy Haslip as ... »

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