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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

The Missing Song

Label: Blue Canoe Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Billy; Gary; Dennis; Keith; Steve; Kirk; Peter; Terry; Vinnie.

Almost Alone Vol 1

Label: Samo Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Miss Sarcasm; Nightmare; Crooswijk; Awkwardly Placed; Coalition of the Mistaken; Looking Back; Seagulls in Maine; Seven Cats; Not Too Late, Not Too Soon; Monked; Northern Wind.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gergo Borlai: The Missing Song

Read "The Missing Song" reviewed by Jim Worsley

The Missing Song has been heralded as a tribute to Gergo Borlai's nine most influential drummers still alive and performing today. This is much more than just listing them and perhaps covering one of their songs. Borlai composed eight of the nine new songs on this album. He plays them all in the manner, or mindset, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bob Holz: Silverthorne

Read "Silverthorne" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Here's a solid jazz fusion album sans the megalomaniacal soloing sprees and impossibly complex time signatures brought to us by highly regarded session drummer and bandleader Bob Holz, who reaps the benefits of A-listers such as guitarist Mike Stern, trumpeter Randy Brecker and other notables. And while drummers are not frequently heralded for their compositions and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Allan Holdsworth: Live in Japan 1984

Read "Live in Japan 1984" reviewed by John Kelman

The loss of Allan Holdsworth in the spring of 2017 remains the passing of one of the most distinctive and innovative guitarists of the past half century. Born in the U.K in 1946, but moving to the U.S.A. in the early '80s, most who are familiar with Holdsworth's work also know how vastly influential he became, ...

#awesome

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: Disco Suite; Good Morning; Fonque de Cochon; You're Wrong; Turing; Holiday in Temelin; 6Toli; That's Deep...; Heavy Trash; Finally.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

FAT: #awesome

Read "#awesome" reviewed by John Kelman

While the appropriately titled #awesome represents Alex Machacek's third album in six years with his (similarly witty and self-effacingly monikered) FAT (Fabulous Austrian Trio), this trifecta of virtuosic Austrian musicians goes much further back. Both bassist Raphael Preuschl and drummer Herbert Pirker appeared on roughly half of the expat-Austrian/Los Angeles-based guitarist's acclaimed 2006 Abstract Logix debut, ...

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 ...

(Living the Dream)

Label: Abstract Logix
Released: 2016
Track listing: Disco Hit; Hippedie Hop; ByeBye; Argonaut; Flexibility; Quinte et Sens; Aux Délices de Tunis; L'Appel de la Mer; La Linea; Repeat After Me; Oh Lard.


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