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Take Five With Phil Cavalieri

By Published: May 27, 2012
CDs you are listening to now:
Mostly A lot of Wayne Krantz, especially Wayne Krantz, Tim Lefebvre, Keith Carlock, released by Abstract Logix in 2010.

How would you describe the state of jazz today?
There's a lot of potential, and I think the net can help many musicians bring their music to larger audience—people who can finally find their work and hear it. Jazz played by famous artists is fantastic, of course, but we must always be on the lookout for alternative players—especially for Italy.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
Independent music probably is the heart of jazz; even though we have a lot of wonderful famous musicians we must look for new generations that want to let jazz survive in the digital era and bring new directions because I think it is necessary, in order to once again understand the past life of this music.

What is in the near future?
I want to promote my new album, The First Third, and then keep playing and writing original music. Composition is still the best part of this work because helps me figure out different way of building solos.

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:
I always thought that if I wasn't playing guitar, I'd probably be an organist because I love that instrument top. I never really think about doing something other than playing music.

Photo Credit

Courtesy of Phil Cavalieri
Phil Cavalieri
Phil Cavalieri
b.1974
guitar, electric


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