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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

FAT: #awesome

Read "#awesome" reviewed by John Kelman

While the appropriately titled #awesome represents Alex Machacek's third album in six years with his (similarly witty and self-effacingly monikered) FAT (Fabulous Austrian Trio), this trifecta of virtuosic Austrian musicians goes much further back. Both bassist Raphael Preuschl and drummer Herbert Pirker appeared on roughly half of the expat-Austrian/Los Angeles-based guitarist's acclaimed 2006 Abstract Logix debut, ...

Allan Holdsworth: The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever!

Read "Allan Holdsworth: The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever!" reviewed by John Kelman

In a time when album sales are a challenge being mitigated, at least to some extent, by the release of deluxe editions and box sets, it's still more necessary than ever to grab potential listeners with imagery and words; the title of a box set can have, especially for those less than intimately familiar with the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Randy Bernsen: Grace Notes

Read "Grace Notes" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Grace Notes is a tasteful album, chalked full of fresh, creative compositions by guitarist Randy Bernsen. If you like the Rippingtons, Weather Report or the Yellowjackets, you will love this CD, too! As a composer and player, Bernsen possesses a unique creative vibe that does combine a wonderful “grace" that you can hear in every note ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Randy Bernsen Heats Up With "Grace Notes"

Randy Bernsen Heats Up With "Grace Notes"

Grace Notes marks Randy Bernsen’s return to working on a bigger canvas with another all-star cast, including Yellowjackets co-founders Jimmy Haslip and Russell Ferrante, drummers Peter Erskine, Gary Novak and Virgil Donati, keyboardist Scott Kinsey Mac Chew and Colin James, saxophonist Steve Tavaglione, percussionists Luis Conte, Archie Pena and blues harmonica ace Rockin’ Jake. Florida homeboys ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Alex Machacek: Fat Beyond Belief

Read "Alex Machacek: Fat Beyond Belief" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Alex Machacek is back with a tremendously exciting new record and a wonderful new trio. Well, not quite. Drummer Harold Pirker and bassist Raphael Preuschi have been playing with the Austria-born/California-based guitarist on and off for the guts of a decade and both contributed significantly to Machacek's [sic] (Abstract Logix, 2006). A trio recoding by FAT ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

FAT: FAT

Read "FAT" reviewed by John Kelman

Around for more than a decade, Alex Machacek's first record as a leader (renamed, with characteristically bone-dry wit, as Mc Hacek) was Featuring Ourselves (Next Generation, 1999), but it was when the Austrian-born/California-resident guitarist moved to Abstract Logix that more significant attention came, first with his stunning, year-besting [sic] (2006). Three more records followed, culminating in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Alex Machacek: FAT

Read "FAT" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Alex Machacek has been turning heads with his incendiary guitar playing and striking writing since he burst on the scene with Featuring Ourselves (Next Generation Enterprises, 1999). Whilst drummer Herbert Pirker and bassist Raphael Preuschi have a less visible profile, their equally outstanding chops play a big part in the success of FAT. These musicians also ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Trondheim Jazz Festival: May 9-13, 2012

Read "Trondheim Jazz Festival: May 9-13, 2012" reviewed by John Kelman

Trondheim Jazz Festival
Trondheim, Norway
May 9-13, 2012
Being Norway's third largest city, next to Oslo and Bergen, means something completely different to being the third largest city in Canada or the United States. With more than 25,000 students in a city of approximately 160,000 people, it's not unlike (albeit a little larger than) Kingston, Canada, ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Allan Holdsworth, 2012 Tours & Shows Updates

ALLAN HOLDSWORTH to play with JIMMY HASLIP and VIRGIL DONATI—The muscular jazz-rock fusion power trio to perform some oldies but goodies from the Holdsworth's classic repertoire and some new tunes of his own and few tunes of Virgil Donati.

MoonJune recording artist MARBIN to open East of Mississippi USA tour dates. Their critically acclaimed CD Breaking ...

Virgil Donati: Just Add Water

Read "Just Add Water" reviewed by AAJ Staff

One of the hottest fusion rock drummers strutting the planet these days is Virgil Donati. This release showcases his enormous talents. Amazingly enough, all the spectacular, percussive energy and sonic paintings on Just Add Water are spontaneous, unrehearsed jam sessions. I have seen video of Donati going absolutely genius-insane on drums with T.J. Helmerich and Brett ...