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Steve Herberman, Hristo Vitchev, Rick Stone and Harvey Valdes

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Welcome back to Guitarists Rendezvous, our third 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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Take Five With Brian Prunka

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Meet Brian Prunka:

Prior to moving to Brooklyn in 2003, Brian was living and performing in New Orleans, where he spent his formative years honing his musical skills while being immersed in the jazz community. Although his background was in jazz, rock and blues, Brian has always found himself drawn to a wide range of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Less Magnetic: Tricknology

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By now, making a jazz fusion record is like making a genre homage film: without in-depth knowledge of the medium's history, a strong original intention and talented people involved, it's going to come off derivative and what's worse, extraordinarily cheesy. Fortunately, Less Magnetic, who can say they sport members from multiple backgrounds like metal and Middle ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Amir ElSaffar: At Two Rivers' Confluence

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There was a point during Amir ElSaffar's study of Arabic music where he almost didn't come back to jazz. He had gone to Iraq to study maqam, the system of melodic modes in traditional Arabic music, in order to bring some of the concepts into jazz. However, the experience proved to be a deepening one for ...

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Take Five With Colin Dean

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Meet Colin Dean:

Colin Dean was born and raised in Long Island, New York. The son of a drummer, he has been surrounded by music his entire life.

He attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City and received a BFA in jazz performance in May 2006. ...