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Four great artists – and their live interpretations of “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”

Four great artists – and their live interpretations of “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”

Having heard the live version, by different artists, of what has become somewhat of a “standard”, namely “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” it is remarkable how durable this composition has been throughout a rather long time span of jazz and rock history. My first encounter was this melody was the live version by Charles Mingus himself on double bass, at the very beginning of the 1970s. Mr. Mingus – being an ... »

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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... »

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... »

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Jonas Hellborg – Abstract Logic (Remastered)

Depending on who you ask, Shawn Lane was arguably the greatest guitar player who ever lived. I first heard Shawn on the 1991 MVP – Centrifugal Funk album, then through bootleg tapes I acquired while a student at GIT in 1992. He floored me completely. In my opinion, his chops and musicality remain unparalleled to this day (sadly, Lane passed away in 2003). Lane’s first solo album, Power... »

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Jonas Hellborg – New Beginnings

Jonas Hellborg has appeared on AbstractLogix a few times in the past. It has been quite a while that we have had an in depth conversation with him. Probably the last time we spoke was when Shawn Lane was still alive. Kali’s Son is the new record from Jonas with V.Selvaganesh and progressive Sitarist Niladri Kumar. Hellborg is back with a power trio and another record is on the works. AL: It&... »

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Jonas Hellborg Interview

Swedish bass monster Jonas Hellborg burst onto the international scene in the mid 1980s with John McLaughlin’s reconstituted Mahavishnu band, which included drummer Danny Gottlieb, keyboardist Mitch Forman and saxophonist Bill Evans. Following two recordings with that band (1984’s Mahavishnu on Warner Bros. and 1986’s Adventures in Radioland on Relativity), Hellborg began playing in a more intimat... »

Shakti

Summit

Summit is a brand new supergroup with some of the best players of today. The music is highly eclectic in the reigns of Shakti and Hellborg’s east west fusion stuff. This record puts a fresh perspective in the world of fusion music. Brooks performance on the saxophone with a tone, rhythmic concept and harmonic concept is high eclectic . The musical communication between Steve Smith and Zakir ... »

Icon

Icon

Jonas Hellborg’s new album ICON is his best effort to date in bridging the musical worlds of South Indian Carnatic music and the progressive rock jazz elements of the western world. Not since the legendary fusion group of the seventies, Shakti, has any musican created such an impact. Featured on the cd is guitar virtuoso from Memphis, Shawn Lane, and the three Vinayakram Brothers, sons of le... »

Good People in Times of Evil

Good People in Times of Evil

This album has now been out for a couple of years but for those of you who have not heard it yet and you like the fusion sound of East and West music, this should be in your list. The compositions are exceptional, with fluid carnatic sounding lines and chord progressions by both Shawn Lane and Jonas Hellborg. V Selvaganesh, who is an integral member of Remember Shakti group is absolutely phenomena... »

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Jonas Hellborg Speaks

Bassist Jonas Hellborg has been doing his own thing on stage and off for several decades now. He first made his name as a scene stealing partner in John McLaughlin?s bands in the 1980s and made contributions of his own on many stellar recordings with musical partners such as BucketHead, Jeff Sipe, Ginger Baker and Shawn Lane. He is also noteworthy for having formed his own record company to distri... »

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