Rod Sibley Interviews Ranjit Barot on CHINGARI’s new album BOMBAY MAKOSSA

CHINGARI RANJIT BAROT – ETIENNE MBAPPE – U. SHRINIVAS BOMBAY MAKOSSA By Rod Sibley The old saying goes, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire”. But you can’t have a fire without a spark. In Hindi, the word for “spark” is “chingari”. Chingari is also the name of the new group comprised of drummer/composer Ranjit Barot; bassist/vocalist Etienne MBappe; and mandolin virtuoso Uppalapu Shrinivas. Their de... »

Tom Guarna's Rush

Tom Guarna Talks About His Latest Release: Rush

Released in Feburary, Tom Guarna’s latest solo release RUSH exhibits beautiful orginal compositions, smooth textures and overall playing that pushes mainstream jazz into fusion territory. Tom takes some time to answer a few questions about RUSH and his guitar playing. Abstract Logix: Rush is more than a solo guitar album, but boasts incredible compositions. The album is less about one player... »

Enoch Lee's Finish Line

Enoch Lee’s Finish Line Interview & Review

To call Enoch Lee a musician would be selling him short. With two music degrees under his belt Lee is taking on the world as a true artist who happens to operate through the medium of music. Through his hours of education and practice he has discovered, music spans much further than skill and technical abilities on the instrument. Music for Lee holds the ability to capture raw emotion and beauty t... »

Chris Beckers

Chris Beckers Navigation Review and Interview

From the Netherlands, guitarist Chris Beckers is versatile and many-sided within the music industry. The guitarist has been playing for several decades, is the founder of his own record label CrisCrazz, and has invested into his own studio Beau Garage. Beckers’ most recent release Navigation marks his thirteenth album, a beautiful continuation from his last album Seven Frames Of Mind. The extensio... »

Peter Fernandes Releases Q.E.D.

Peter Fernandes Discusses His Latest Release Q.E.D.

Q.E.D. is packed with amazing guest musicians that make the album a real treat to listen to. How did getting all these musicians together come about? This was definitely a process, and not exactly planned from the beginning.  In other words, I didn’t really set out to make a power players album, though I guess that’s how it ended up.  There were some tracks that I had specific players ... »

Mark Egan

Mark Egan Discusses What Went Into Creating About Now

Composer and bassist Mark Egan returns in 2014 with a more introspective album called About Now. The album features a trio made of Danny Gottlieb, Mitchel Forman, and of course Mark Egan. Egan took some time to discuss what went into the making of About Now, his gear, and his experience at the University of Miami. Abstract Logix: You have played with Danny Gottlieb on many projects, but how did th... »

Jonas Hellborg

Jonas Hellborg: Defining The Jazz Raj

Maestro composer, bassist and engineer Jonas Hellborg is back in 2014 with what he says is his best album yet aptly called The Jazz Raj, an exceptional musical statement with Indian undertones featuring Swedish Guitarist Mattias Eklundh and Indian Drum Phenom Ranjit Barot who has been making international news for the past few years as the drummer for John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension. Not jus... »

Ken Talve

Ken Talve discusses his album Out of The Blue

Ken Talve’s second album is called Out of the Blue. This 2 disc album offers all original material mixng jazz, rock, and blues. The power trio’s agressive album is harmonically rich, holds catchy melodies, and is a must for any guitarist. Below Ken Talve talks a bit about his new album, and about himself as a player. Be sure to check out Ken’s new album, Out of the Blue. ABLX: Ou... »

Jeff Richman

Jeff Richman on Big Wheels

35 years of experience, 17 albums, a Berklee College of Music education, and Jimmy Haslip in the producer’s chair. There was no way Jeff Richman’s newest album Big Wheel could be anything but spectacular. The album opens with a funky groove that never lets up for the rest of the album, and features a great cover of Stevie Wonder’s That Girl. Richman talks with Abstract Logix abou... »

Gerald Gradwohl

Gerald Gradwohl talks about Big Land

A strong Rock’N Roll attitude mixed with Jazz harmony to fierce discharging jazz rock storms. This is how Gerald Gradwohl describes the music style of his band. On his new album Big Land his core band is made of Kirk Covington on drum of Tribal Tech fame, Harald Weinkum on bass, Thomas Kugi on tenor sax, and of course Gerald Gradwohl on guitar. Big Land demonstrates powerful and inspiring Impro Fu... »

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