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Mike Clinco

I began my music journey by studying piano at the age of eight. It gave me a foundation that spawned a lifetime of musical interest. My next door neighbor loaned me an acoustic guitar and I was hooked. Age 11 , my parents bought me my first electric guitar, a Vox Lynx. I thought it looked cool but it sounded awful. My first real audition (age 15) was for Lowell Fulsom's band at a bar in Venice California. (The Roma) I was so scared because I wasn't ready for a professional gig but the process was beneficial and it really motivated me to study and practice. I used to frequent this blues/jazz club on Melrose called the Ash Grove

Neon

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2009
Track listing: Bookends; Sonship; Neon; X Cue Says; Daystream; Amalgam; Beaten Paths; Charade; The Rest Will Follow.

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Jazz Honors The Beatles

Read "Jazz Honors The Beatles" reviewed by Michael Ricci

When The Beatles first emerged at the forefront of The British Invasion, few could have predicted the impact they'd have beyond the world of rock and pop. Early albums, and songs like “Love Me Do," “She Loves You" and “I Want to Hold Your Hand," were hardly the grist for something more. But by ...

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Mike Clinco: Neon

Read "Neon" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

As a first-call support artist, you must be an adaptable and, of course, knowledgeable player, possessing a broad musical vernacular. Guitarist Mike Clinco transmits these attributes on his 2009 release, featuring a top-flight ensemble of proven jazz veterans. It's easy to discern why Clinco has been summoned to perform with vocalists Bobby McFerrin and Natalie Cole ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Clinco: Neon

Read "Neon" reviewed by Matthew Warnock

Neon is an engaging modern jazz album that showcases the diverse background and compositional approaches of Mike Clinco and his ensemble. While this record will fall into the category of modern jazz, the music on Neon draws from blues, rock, Latin and bebop as much as does from the post-bop idiom. In the hands of lesser ...


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