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Alex Machacek: Fat Beyond Belief

By Published: October 30, 2012
AAJ: The last track on FAT, "Let's Not Argue," is a beautiful, gentle number; was it an obvious choice to close the CD with and would you close a concert with such a gentle number?

AM: We close the first set with that number. I enjoy ballads so why not close with a ballad?

AAJ: You've played with a lot of great musicians over the years but one we haven't talked about is drummer Virgil Donati; what's it like playing with him and in Planet X?

AM: I played in Virgil's band first and then he asked me to play in Planet X. It's interesting, Virgil's vocabulary, his rhythmical vocabulary is just a different one. It's very challenging playing with him because he's a very sophisticated drummer. Planet X was tough; the music is really tough to learn. The mai n goal for me was just to get through everything with no mistakes. It was like an obstacle course. I couldn't really relax during my solos because I knew what was coming after that. I think Virgil's a great drummer and sometimes we do have similar vocabulary. He's so good with metric modulation and the reinterpreting of it. Virgil represents a big challenge to everyone else [laughs]. He's rhythmically really advanced. He's a super nice guy.

AAJ: On your website it says that you're going to release a duo recording with singer Sumitra; can you tell us a bit more about this recording?

AM: it's not the typical duo that you might expect, let's put it like that. It's not like [guitarist] Joe Pass
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Joe Pass
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meets [singer] Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald
1917 - 1996
. We're shooting for a duo with a different sound. We've been playing in a duo setting for years and never really recorded. We're in the writing process right now and I hope it will be out soon.

AAJ: is there anything else in the pipeline?

AM: I'm already thinking of the next record. There are so many things on the list. I played a couple of gigs with Terry Bozzio and Jimmy Johnson
Jimmy Johnson
Jimmy Johnson
on bass, and that proved to be really nice and we were talking about maybe recording something. I want to do a CD where I have all different drummers who send me drum solos and I recompose them, but I think that will have to wait a little bit. With FAT we're talking of a follow-up record, hopefully soon. Then there is another project which I can't tell you about because it's a secret, but if it happens I will be really happy. Right now I'm concentrating on the duo and getting gigs with FAT. There are so many possibilities.

Selected Discography

Alex Machacek, FAT (Abstract Logix, 2012)

Alex Machacek/Marco Minnemann, 24 Tales (Abstract Logix, 2010)

Alex Machacek/Neal Fountain/Jeff Sipe, Official Triangle Sessions (Abstract Logix, 2009)

Alex Machacek, Jeff Sipe, Mathew Garrison, Improvision (Abstract Logix, 2007)

Alex Machacek, [sic] (Abstract Logix, 2006)

Photo Credit

All Photos: Courtesy of Alex Machacek
Alex Machacek
Alex Machacek


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