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Alex Machacek

Born in 1972, Machacek grew up in Vienna, where he began studying classical guitar at the age of eight and continued for six years. While his early interest in guitar outside the classical field tended toward rock (Queen, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden), he later gravitated toward jazz, with a particular interest in jazz guitar great Joe Pass. “I was pretty much a straight ahead player back then because that was what the people played around me. I learned the Great American songbook and just played as much as I could. When I was 13 or 14, somebody gave me a Joe Pass record and I became the biggest Joe Pass fan in the 14th district of Vienna

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Article: Interview

Gary Husband: The Gemini Dimension

Read "Gary Husband: The Gemini Dimension" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


Even if forced to count just one of the two musical associations he's most noted for—a 35-year long relationship playing with the late Allan Holdsworth, and a 15-year long (and counting) stint in John McLaughlin's 4th Dimension—Gary Husband would still easily make many people's musician watchlist. But with both to his credit, (each on a different ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sax player Bill Evans, Mike Stern, Frank Gambale, Junior Braghuina and Allan Holdsworth

Read "Sax player Bill Evans, Mike Stern, Frank Gambale, Junior Braghuina and Allan Holdsworth" reviewed by Len Davis


We start with some funky sounds from Bill Evans (saxophone), Mike Stern, Alex Machacek, Avishai Cohen -trumpet and Allan Holdsworth. Playlist Bill Evans"Midnight Creeper" from Big Fun (ESC) 00:00 Mike Stern “Last One Down" from These Times (ESC) 06:19 Avishai Cohen “King Kutner" from Big Vicious (ECM) 12:30 Art Spike Schloemer “Orient Express" from ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Pianist John Escreet, Bassist Janek Gwizdala, and Guitarist Alex Machacek

Read "Pianist John Escreet, Bassist Janek Gwizdala, and Guitarist Alex Machacek" reviewed by Len Davis


John Escreet from Learn to Live, Janek Gwizdala Mystery to Me, Alex Machacek and Jimmy Haslip.Playlist John Escreet “Global Citizen" from Learn to Live (Blue Room) 00:00 Suomi Solmu “40 Acres and a Mule" from Facelift (Long Play) 05:49 Janek Gwizdala “AMSK" from Mystery To Me (Self Produced)11:37 Alex Stewart} &#147;Aftermath" from <em>Aftermath</em> (Jazz ...

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Adjustments

Label: Blue Canoe Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Tiny Circles: Seroquel: Bleeding Tears: Innocent Victim: This Shell: Time Out Of Mind: Crying Smile: Feel Flows: Heart of Glass: 50 Circles Around The Sun: Down to You / Jungle Book: Don't Let Go

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Tiny Circles

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Label: Blue Canoe Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 04:40

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Allan Holdsworth, Niacin, Brand X, Steps Ahead and Yellowjackets

Read "Allan Holdsworth, Niacin, Brand X, Steps Ahead and Yellowjackets" reviewed by Len Davis


We remember the late Allan Holdsworth on his birthday. The choice of three tunes from the late guitarist have been selected by Richard Hallebeek from the Netherlands, Alex Machacek from the US and Brett Garsed from Australia, and we thank them for their contribution. We also have Cab with Bunny Brunel, Dennis Chambers and Tony McAlpine, ...

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Article: Album Review

Samo Salamon & Friends: Almost Alone Vol 1

Read "Almost Alone Vol 1" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


To keep the train on the track during the Covid lockdowns, artists must think outside the box. Such is the case with this first volume of duets performed by renowned Slovenian guitarist Samo Salamon and European guitarists via the Internet by using web-based meeting programs and file-sharing processes. And besides performing on acoustic and electric guitars, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New music from Melbourne Australia, and old favourites

Read "New music from Melbourne Australia, and old favourites" reviewed by Len Davis


New releases from Andy Sugg Group Grand & Union featuring Brett Williams (piano and keyboards), Alex Claffy (bass) and Jonathan Barber (drums); plus, Alex Machacek, Canadian Band Metalwood and Tom Coster. Playlist Andy Sugg Group “Seeing Things" from Grand & Union(Self Produced) 00:00 Alex Machacek"Out of Pappenheim" from Sic (Abstract Logix) 07:33 Metalwood"Steeplejack" from ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Gergo Borlai: Talkin' Drummers and Drumming

Read "Gergo Borlai: Talkin' Drummers and Drumming" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Most kids have heroes. Whether they be athletes, astronauts, artists, astrophysicists, (and that's just the “A's") or any of the many asundered possibilities. Gergo Borlai needn't go passed the “D's" to find his calling. Drumming came early, incredibly early, and he has never looked back. Determination and commitment can be a powerful force. Before long the ...


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