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ARTICLE: TOP TEN LIST

Top Ten Jazz Tracks for Surf Music

Read "Top Ten Jazz Tracks for Surf Music" reviewed by Alan Bryson

The notion of jazz as surf music seems absurd at first blush, but it can work surprisingly well. Some time ago I learned this by happenstance while listening to an album by fusion guitarist Alex Machacek as I watched surf videos on YouTube. It was a true “ah ha" moment. Compared to the original soundtrack, Alex's ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

U.K.: Ultimate Collectors' Edition

Read "U.K.: Ultimate Collectors' Edition" reviewed by John Kelman

Well, there's certainly been a wait for this one, but for fans of what may be the last high profile progressive rock group to emerge in the 1970s, U.K.'s Ultimate Collectors' Edition proves well worth it. What began as an already sizeable 16-disc box for a group that, during its relatively brief tenure, released just two ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Levin Minnemann Rudess: From the Law Offices of Levin Minnemann Rudess

Read "Levin Minnemann Rudess: From the Law Offices of Levin Minnemann Rudess" reviewed by John Kelman

It may look good on paper, but you can never really know how “super group" collaborations are going to work out until they actually get together and do something. In the case of the power trio named after its members--bassist/stick player Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, Stick Men), drummer/guitarist Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Per Mathisen/Frode Alnæs/Giraldo Piloto: Sounds Of 3

Read "Sounds Of 3" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Norwegian bassist Per Mathisen (aka “The Bass Viking") leads an exciting, empathetic, virtuosic fusion jazz trio on Sounds Of 3. This is a modern electric trio in the same vein as bassist Jonas Hellborg's trio with guitarist Shawn Lane and drummer Jeff Sipe, guitarist Alex Machacek's trio with 5-string electric bassist Matthew Garrison (and Sipe again), ...

FAT: (Living the Dream)

Read "FAT: (Living the Dream)" reviewed by John Kelman

While he's been living in Los Angeles for many years, Alex Machacek clearly values longterm musical relationships. While the majority of his recordings for the Raleigh, NC-based Abstract Logix imprint have seen the Austrian-born guitarist working with the likes of Jeff Sipe, Matthew Garrison, Neal Fountain and Gary Husband, his 2005 label debut, [sic], was notable--beyond ...

Carla Bley & Jack DeJohnette: ECM Trios

Read "Carla Bley & Jack DeJohnette: ECM Trios" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Two different approaches to the trio, led by veteran ECM bandleaders. Big band composer/pianist Carla Bley continues her recent run of chamber ensemble recordings, reconvening her trio with saxophonist Andy Sheppard and bassist Steve Swallow, most recently heard on Trios (ECM, 2013). The grouping gives much more focus on her piano playing than her large group ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jeff Sipe Trio: Jeff Sipe Trio featuring Mike Seal and Taylor Lee

Read "Jeff Sipe Trio featuring Mike Seal and Taylor Lee" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Drummer Jeff Sipe was a member of Colonel Bruce Hampton's Aquarium Rescue Unit and has played with many other musicians. But probably his most visible association was the power trio with Jonas Hellborg and Shawn Lane, followed by a more recent trio with guitarist Alex Machacek. So he is clearly very comfortable in an improvising rock/jazz ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Ian Carr: Belladonna

Read "Ian Carr: Belladonna" reviewed by John Kelman

Ian Carr
Belladonna
Vertigo
1972

Today's Rediscovery? British trumpeter Ian Carr's Belladonna, a gem of an album that's also the coming out party for soon-to-be-legendary guitarist Allan Holdsworth.

A album I'd not heard in the decade since I wrote the retrospective Ian Carr And Nucleus: '70s British Jazz Rock ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Frank Zappa, due decenni dopo

Read "Frank Zappa, due decenni dopo" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Il 4 dicembre 2013 cadeva la ricorrenza del secondo decennale dalla scomparsa di Frank Zappa. Sono passati venti anni da quando una delle maggiori personalità musicali del XX secolo è venuta a mancare, stroncato da un male incurabile, lasciando un vuoto incolmabile nel mondo dell'arte contemporanea. Anche se la sua musica ha avuto un'enorme influenza su ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

Jan Rivera's "Advanced Rhythmic Concepts For Guitar" -- Foreword By Alex Machacek

Jan Rivera's "Advanced Rhythmic Concepts For Guitar"  -- Foreword By Alex Machacek

An in-depth study on Metric Modulation, Polyrhythms and Polymeters Jan Rivera's Advanced Rhythmic Concepts for Guitar is a step by step guide through the process of identifying, dissecting, constructing, practicing and applying: Metric Modulations, Polyrhythms, “Ratio” Polyrhythms, Polyrhythm Divisions/Polyrhythms within Polyrhythms, Intrinsic Polymeters, Extrinsic Polymeters, Polymetric Accompaniment, and Polymetric Improvisation. "I wish I'd had this book 20 years ago." —ALEX MACHACEK ("NOW" ...


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