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Guitarist's Rendezvous

Mark Kleinhaut, Nat Janoff, Guillermo Bazzola, and Shan Arsenault

Read "Mark Kleinhaut, Nat Janoff, Guillermo Bazzola, and Shan Arsenault" reviewed by Dom Minasi


Welcome back to Guitarists Rendezvous, our second installment in a series that introduces readers to emerging or established guitarists who fly just under the radar of public recognition. Each will field the same four questions and we've included audio and video so you can sample their music. This installment includes a diverse group of musicians from New York, New Jersey, Spain, and Canada. Meet Mark Kleinhaut Mark was born in the Bronx, New ...

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Bailey's Bundles

String Theory 2013: Mark Kleinhaut & Hristo Vitchev

Read "String Theory 2013: Mark Kleinhaut & Hristo Vitchev" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Six strings or seven...twelve frets give or take a couple. That is what the guitar is. Mark Kleinhaut and Hristo Vitchev are two guitarists whose vision expands the role of the guitar in both composition and improvisation. They explore, Kleinhaut with immediate improvisation and Vitchev with directed performance, the length and breadth of guitar playing with no regard to genre or the passage of time. Mark Kleinhaut & Neil Lamb Jones Street Invisible ...

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Album Review

The Mark Kleinhaut Trio: Holding the Center

Read "Holding the Center" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


Mark Kleinhaut is back with longtime bandmates Jim Lyden (bass) and Les Harris, Jr. (drums), extending the parameters with excursions into electronica, rock and Latin music. The results on Holding the Center are emphatically convincing.

Kleinhaut has a full-bodied, well-rounded tone. His guitar is an eloquent messenger, filled with melody, bounce, swing and looping patterns that are fed through a Boss looper and GT-6 processor. He uses them on “Holding the Center. The initial impact, however, comes from the bowed ...

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Album Review

Mark Kleinhaut Trio: Holding the Center

Read "Holding the Center" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


It was time for this to happen. Guitarist Mark Kleinhaut has put out five CDs of original material, but his last two efforts, both on Invisible Music--A Balance of Light (2003) and Chasing Tales (2001)--showcased guest artists in front of the trio: alto saxophonist Bobby Watson and trumpeter Tiger Okoshi, respectively. Both were fine outings, but they focused on the hornmen. With Holding the Center, we've got the Mark Kleihnhaut Trio in the limelight.From apparent influences of Wes ...

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Album Review

Mark Kleinhaut Trio: Holding the Center

Read "Holding the Center" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Maine guitarist Mark Kleinhaut expands his impressive discography with Holding the Center, a progressive, contemporary outing. On his previous two recordings, A Balance of Light and Chasing Tales, Kleinhaut employed trumpeter Tiger Okoshi and alto saxophonist Bobby Watson, respectively. Here the guitarist displays his own considerable talent in the more intimate trio format.

Kleinhaut employs a guitar style best described as unhurried swing on the thirteen original compositions on Holding the Center. His tone is warm, round, and ...

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Album Review

Mark Kleinhaut Trio with Bobby Watson: A Balance of Light

Read "A Balance of Light" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Mark Kleinhaut's previous trio recording, Chasing Tales (Invisible Music, 2002), employed trumpeter Tiger Okoshi to great effect. The guitarist follows it up with alto saxophonist Bobby Watson on A Balance of Light. Kleinhaut's taut trio serves as a perfect foil to the sleek Watson as the group navigates eight of Kleinhaut's original compositions.

The disc opens with the Spanish-tinged “Ferdinand and Isabelle, providing a perfect vehicle for Watson's Latin inclinations. The style may best be termed upbeat neo-bop. ...

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Album Review

Mark Kleinhaut Trio with Bobby Watson: A Balance of Light

Read "A Balance of Light" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


One of the most eloquent voices on the alto sax returns, and it is no small measure that Mark Kleinhaut was responsible for bringing Bobby Watson back on record. Kleinhaut wanted to write songs particularly for Watson, and again to his credit, he realized that any music would be the starting point for their dialogue. How right he was! Watson slips right in and, in consonance with the others, turns in a stimulating outing.

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