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Frank Gambale

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Frank began playing guitar at age 7 in Canberra, Australia where he was born and raised. He was influenced by the blues playing of Jimi Hendrix , John Mayall / Eric Clapton, and Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia . In his mid-teens he discovered Steely Dan, The Brecker Brothers and Chick Corea, which pointed him in a jazzy direction. In 1982 at 23 he decided to leave his home to study at the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) in Hollywood. He graduated with the highest honor, Student of the Year and was offered a teaching position which he kept for 4 years. During that time he was playing the local jazz club circuit with his own band and already had his first book "Speed Picking" published

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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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Article: Radio

New Music And Old Favourites In Jazz-Rock

Read "New Music And Old Favourites In Jazz-Rock" reviewed by Len Davis


The new release from keyboardist Steve Hunt Connections includes an impressive list of musicians. Jimmy Haslip Alex Machacek and Virgil Donati to name just a few. Also music from Simon Phillips from his Out Of The Blue live album and Frank Gambale Stuart Hamm and Steve Smith. Playlist Steve Hunt “Quantum Entanglement" from Connections ...

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Article: Radio

Weather Report, Frank Gambale, Alec Machacek and more

Read "Weather Report, Frank Gambale, Alec Machacek and more" reviewed by Len Davis


New releases from Chris Potter, Oz Noy and Scott Jones, plus old favourites from John McLaughlin and Weather Report. Playlist Weather Report “Freezing Fire" from Live and Unreleased (Columbia) 00:00 Paradox “Twistedology" from The First Second (Tip Toe records) 07:57 Metro “Earthplak" from Metro (Lipstick Records) 15:51 Frank Gambale “Smug" from Raison D'Etre (Wombat ...

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Article: Interview

Chick Corea: Music With The Fun Factor

Read "Chick Corea: Music With The Fun Factor" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Chick Corea is a musical icon, having amassed a career that runs through most styles of jazz and has veered off into classical experiments as a well. Freedom of expression is always being at the core. His amazing musical journey—over five decades as a solo artist—has had him rubbing elbows with some of the ...

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Article: Album Review

Jeff Berlin: Joe Frazier Round 3 (CD Single)

Read "Joe Frazier Round 3 (CD Single)" reviewed by John Kelman


In the world of music, there are plenty of “could have beens," but far fewer “should have beens." Count Jeff Berlin amongst the latter. The American electric bassist first made a number of marks in the second half of the musically innovative 1970s on a series of '76 recordings by singers Patti Austin and Esther Phillips, ...

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Article: Live Review

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet's European Debut of Pat Metheny Commission Highlights Uppsala International Guitar Festival

Read "Los Angeles Guitar Quartet's European Debut of Pat Metheny Commission Highlights Uppsala International Guitar Festival" reviewed by John Ephland


14th Annual Uppsala International Guitar Festival Uppsala, Sweden October 11-15, 2017 While much if not most of this year's Uppsala International Guitar Festival-once again held in the music-friendly Konsert & Kongress building-was devoted guitarists and music emanating from the worlds of classical, Brazilian, Tango and Flamenco, other musical strains were ...

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Article: Live Review

Alfa Jazz Fest 2017

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Alfa Jazz Fest 2017 Lviv, Ukraine June 23-27, 2017 Jazz festivals are different in Europe. There are more of them, and they are crucial to the economic viability, social solidarity and creative evolution of the jazz art form. Many European towns that host their own annual jazz events seem like ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

The Musician

Read "The Musician" reviewed by John Kelman


As people age, it's not uncommon to commemorate birthday milestones--specifically, those marking the passing of decades--with special celebrations, ranging from parties to vacations. In most cases, however, these festivities are private events, restricted to family and friends. Not Chick Corea. When this renowned pianist/keyboardist, composer, bandleader and guest participant in countless projects ...

Article: Album Review

Chick Corea: The Musician

Read "The Musician" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Nel 2011 Chick Corea ha festeggiato il suo settantesimo compleanno con una serie di concerti al Blue Note di New York, andati avanti per due mesi, con nuove e storiche formazioni della sua carriera. Un totale di dieci band--con la presenza, tra gli altri, di Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Bobby McFerrin, John Patitucci, Gary Burton, Wynton ...


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