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

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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 ...

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Various Artists: I Never Meta Guitar Three

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Il terzo volume della serie antologica curata da Elliott Sharp e dedicata alla chitarra del XXI secolo segue l'impostazione dei primi due, aggiungendo il contributo di altri 18 chitarristi. Come nel caso dei due precedenti, l'enfasi è dedicata all'esplorazione delle possibilità di generare nuove sonorità con una chitarra, acustica o elettrica, utilizzando tecniche per lo più ...

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Various Artists: I Never Meta Guitar Three

Read "I Never Meta Guitar Three" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Few would be more equipped to produce this series of various guitarists parading their avant-garde stuff other than New York City-based, and world-renown experimental guitar acolyte, Elliot Sharp. This third installment of the ongoing extravaganza showcases the far-flung imaginations of 18 artists, continuously pushing the envelope via a kaleidoscopic presentation sketched with unconventional acoustic-electric tone poems. ...

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Andrew Drury: Content Provider

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On the wittily-titled Content Provider, Seattle-born, NYC- based drummer and composer Andrew Drury leads a remarkable band consisting of saxophonists Briggan Krauss (best-known for his work with Sex Mob) and Ingrid Laubrock, and gonzo electric guitarist Brandon Seabrook. Despite lacking a bassist (Seabrook provides some bass- line like figures here and there) it's a small band ...

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TOTEM>: Voices of Grain

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The trio returns with a vengeance on its second album, where they delve into a boundary-less avant-garde foray, proffering an extension of sorts, to Solar Forge (ESP, 2008). And the musicians hop right into the thick of things on the opener “Genosong," where electric guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil saws, slices, and seemingly hacks his way through a ...

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TOTEM>: Voices of Grain

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It took five years for the New York-based trio TOTEM> to release its sophomore album (after Solar Forge ESP, 2008) but the waiting paid off. This leaderless trio--comprised of guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil, double bassist Tom Blancarte and drummer Andrew Drury--is more than the sum of its parts and stronger than ever.

The ...

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Ljubljana Jazz Festival: Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 20–29, 2012

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Ljubljana Jazz Festival
Ljubljana, Slovenia
June 20-29, 2012
Ljubljana, with its 53rd edition, truly hosts the oldest jazz festival in Europe. Norway's Molde, also a candidate, started one year later, in 1960. The capital of the now-independent Republic of Slovenia, neighbored by Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy, Ljubljana is situated one hour from Trieste, two hours ...

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Terrence McManus / Mark Helias / Gerry Hemingway: Transcendental Numbers

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Guitarist Terrence McManus helms a stellar trio on Transcendental Numbers, through six collective concoctions recorded in New York City's The Stone, straddling and blurring the line between textural improvisation and the more traditional sound of guitar and rhythm section. Brooklyn-born McManus is carving a niche for himself on the scene. Having worked with drummer/composer Tyshawn Sorey, ...

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Tom Hamilton / Bruce Eisenbeil: Shadow Machine

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Guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil continues to push beyond the outer reaches of the guitar universe, building on the work of pioneers like Derek Bailey and Fred Frith. His career trajectory takes him ever farther from the jazz mother lode, and his last outing--on Totem>'s Solar Forge (ESP, 2008)--stretched the boundaries of the guitar power trio to breaking ...

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John Hebert: Byzantine Monkey

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Bassist John Hebert was a member of guitarist Mary Halvorson's trio that put out the memorable Dragon's Head on Firehouse 12 in 2008, while Michael Attias has recorded with guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil on Opium (2002) for CIMP, one of the most rewarding titles of the last ten years. This program thus has a lot to live ...