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ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Impariamo a suonare la chitarra fingerstyle

Read "Impariamo a suonare la chitarra fingerstyle" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Nell'accezione comune contemporanea, la chitarra fingerstyle è la più moderna evoluzione della chitarra fingerpicking, ovvero quella tecnica strumentale per suonare la chitarra con le dita (o con dei plettri speciali) nata in ambito prevalentemente folk-blues fin dagli anni '20 dello scorso secolo. Col tempo, le tecniche si sono allargate parallelamente agli orizzonti musicali dei chitarristi che ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Lost Tribe: Lost Tribe

Read "Lost Tribe: Lost Tribe" reviewed by John Kelman

Lost Tribe
Lost Tribe
Windham Hill Jazz
1993

Today's Rediscovery ultimately jumpstarted the careers of five young musicians who have since gone on to varying degrees of greater fame and exposure. While not necessarily household names, few who follow the contemporary jazz scene will be unaware of saxophonist David Binney, guitarists Adam Rogers and ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Mark Egan

Read "Take Five With Mark Egan" reviewed by Mark Egan

Meet Mark Egan:
Over the past 30 years, Mark Egan's ability to groove, perfectly complement the music in any situation and solo expressively has made him one of the most in-demand bass players on the international music scene. While racking up credits with the likes of the Pat Metheny Group, saxophonists Steve Grossman, Dave Liebman, Stan ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bassist Mark Egan Releases "About Now" on Wavetone

Bassist Mark Egan Releases "About Now" on Wavetone

Bassist-Composer Mark Egan Showcase his Fretless Voice on About Now New Wavetone release reunites bassist with colleagues Danny Gottlieb and Mitch Forman Over the past 30 years, Mark Egan’s ability to groove, perfectly complement the music in any situation and solo expressively has made him one of the most in-demand bass players on the international music scene. While racking up ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Losen Records: New Norwegian Sounds

Read "Losen Records: New Norwegian Sounds" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Mention the phrase “the Norwegian sound" and many listeners will get an image in their head. An image of a natural, deep echoing sound influenced by the mountains and hills of the Norwegian landscape. Such an image is, of course, a cliché, but to some critics it has stuck and distorted the rich fertility of the ...

Ozella Music: Nordic Beauty and Beyond

Read "Ozella Music: Nordic Beauty and Beyond" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

It is always tempting to explain one story in the light of another, and in the case of guitarist and composer Dagobert Böhm's Ozella Music label, it is inevitable to be reminded of Windham Hill, the record company started by the guitarist William Ackerman in 1976. Like Windham Hill, Ozella started out as one-man project run ...

Ben Tyree: Thoughtform Variations

Read "Thoughtform Variations" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

In stark contrast to the psychedelic funk rock of re: Vision (2010, Sonic Architectures), Brooklyn-based guitarist Ben Tyree eschews pyrotechnic effects and performs literally naked on his solo acoustic debut, Thoughtform Variations, showing enough imagination and finger-picking stylizations to satisfy both six-string enthusiasts and casual listeners.

These original pieces were conceived eight years ...

Alex de Grassi and G.E. Stinson: Shortwave Postcard

Read "Shortwave Postcard" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Shortwave Postcard comes from two California musicians with experience in progressive music, but it also conveys a strange sense of other-worldliness. (Perhaps the title is the duo's way of expressing this concept.) Guitarists G.E. Stinson and Alex de Grassi join forces here for a series of 17 brief vignettes (only a couple over 5 minutes), each ...