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Alex Machacek

Alex Machacek’s FAT

In anticipation for the release of Alex Machacek’s new studio album FAT (Fabulous Austrian Trio), Alex took some time to answer a few questions about his album, music, and his playing. Neal Shaw: Your new record FAT features Raphael Preuschl and Herbert Pirker, who were both on [Sic]. How did you meet up with them again to record the latest record? Alex Machacek: I teach at a jazz seminar every su... »

Oz Noy

Oz Noy Interview

Oz Noy is a guitar player that blends rock, jazz, blues, and funk into his own unique style that stands out from the fusion world. A staple at the Bitter End in New York City, Oz has five solo releases to his name. The lastest of which is titled Twisted Blues Vol. 1. The album displays his ability to take the blues and jazz, and create something distinctive and fresh, but preserve the familiarity ... »

Gary Husband

Gary Husband Interview

Since his first commercial release with Allan Holdsworth in 1982, very few musicians have racked up such a diverse list of collaborations as Gary Husband. Husband, a multi-instrumentalist on piano and drums, is a producer, arranger and composer in several genres and styles. His latest solo releases Dirty & Beautiful vol. 1 and 2 showcase his array of talent with support from Allan Holdsworth, ... »

Michael Landau

Michael Landau Interview

Michael Landau is easily one of the most widely respected guitarists in the world. An intense player with a fiery blues-meets-jazz style, his highly charged playing and mastery of killer guitar tones has made him a legend in the guitar community for years. As a first-call session musician and sideman, Landau has appeared on thousands of recordings, and shared the stage with Joni Mitchell, James Ta... »

Prasanna

Prasanna: Transformative Potential

Indian guitarist Prasanna’s career has focused on extending and expanding the possibilities of the electric guitar. He’s renowned for his singular ability to perform traditional Indian classical Carnatic music on the instrument, including the complex intervallic elements demanded by its microtonal nature. To date, he’s released 11 albums of Carnatic material, as well as three albums of original co... »

Barry Cleveland

Barry Cleveland Interview

For more than 20 years Barry Cleveland has been scouring the sonic terrain of electric guitar. With a mix of progressive and psychedelic rock, ambient, experimental, funk, and various other influences combined with unorthodox playing techniques and an affinity for texturing, Cleveland’s releases have rarely invited pigeonholing. When he isn’t spending time as a key contributor to Guitar Player mag... »

Mark Egan

Mark Egan: Funk to the Fore

Mark Egan is considered to be one of the most respected and in-demand electric bassists on the music scene today. His unique fretless bass sound and style is both distinctive and versatile and his musical contributions incomparable. With three platinum and three gold albums to his credit, Mark has recorded with the Pat Metheny Group, Sting, Arcadia, Roger Daltry and Joan Osborne; performed with th... »

Cindy Blackman

Cindy Blackman: Talking Drums

She has been touted as one of the hottest drummers in the business,” by the Star-Gazette and today is regarded as one of the top drummers in the world. Cindy Blackman is a stalwart, highly adaptable musician who easily moves from straight-ahead jazz to rock to funk to fusion and other musical ports of call. Blackman has recorded several jazz albums under her own name, and has performed with acclai... »

Rez Abbasi

Rez Abbasi Interview: Part 2

Rod: Let’s talk about some individual tracks on Things To Come in detail. We can listen to the songs as we talk and comment on certain sections as they come up. [Cues up the song] Rod: The first track ‘Dream State’ opens the way a sitar player starts a raga by playing the sympathetic strings. Rez: That’s exactly what it is. I mean, that was the reason why I did it ’cuz it felt it was introducing t... »

Rez Abbasi

Rez Abbasi Interview

For better or worse we use labels, catch phrases and sound bites to categorize things not only for the purpose of describing, but also for the sake of convenience. If we put something under an all-encompassing category we don’t have to concern ourselves with the details about what it actually is. However, this lack of knowledge and understanding usually creates inaccuracies and falsehoods that bec... »

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