Author: Snneha Saha

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 ... »

Alessio Forlani: Alameda Gardens

Alessio Forlani: Alameda Gardens

After a few spins, imagery of Florence, Italy guitarist Alessio Forlani playing a supercharged Ferrari with strings came to mind. And while there isn’t a surfeit of background information on the Internet, it appears that he’s also heavily involved with studio processes and production activities. Here, the guitarist kindles similarities to longtime rock guitar hero Joe Satriani’s ... »

Billy Cobham - "Spectrum"

Billy Cobham – “Spectrum”

Spectrum was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City in mid-May of 1973. While still in the Mahavishnu Orchestra, drummer Billy Cobham decided to record his own album. Bringing keyboard player Jan Hammer along from Mahavishnu and giving guitarist Tommy Bolin his real first spotlight opportunity proved to be brilliant ideas. Spectrum is full of accessible jazz-rock numbers that instantly... »

Tribal Tech

Tribal Tech’s Scott Henderson sits down with Ian Patterson

No band has done more to promote the good name of fusion music these last twenty five years than Tribal Tech. Formed by guitarist Scott Henderson and bassist Gary Willis in 1984, Tribal Tech emerged from the slipstream of Weather Report – who would disband shortly after – and over the course of the next 16 years recorded nine albums of progressive fusion music drawing from blues, jazz,... »

Ney Mello

Ney Mello: Pioneering the Development of High Speed Pick Technique

Georgetown, Washington DC, is a one of kind place where politics abound and history fills each corner. It’s a place where the rich and powerful come to spend a Sunday afternoon and you never know who you’ll meet. On this particular blustery weekend, It was my pleasure to rub elbows, sit, and talk it up with none other than guitarist/composer Ney Mello. Like many others, I’ve been a long time fan o... »

Michael Landau

Michael Landau Organic Interview

What can you say much about the amazing Michael Landau, a guitar player that is probably one of the most recorded guys I know of. Although he has been one of the hottest session players in the musical planet, Michael is absolutely a giant as a solo artist. He has always achieved to make a very personal statement through his music, and his new album Organic Instrumentals is no different. It stands ... »

The Palestine Concert

John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain and Shakti: The Palestine Concert

Though far removed from the occupied Palestinian territories, the Akha people of South East Asia have a saying about music that strikes a universal note; a village without music is not a village. Back in the 1930s and 1940s there was a Palestine Philharmonic but now it’s called the Israeli Symphony Orchestra, just one more example of the cultural occupation that Israel exerts on Palestinians. The ... »

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... »

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