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THREE WISE MONKEYS

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A WORD FROM THE WISE... Ten years in and still chasing that “sound”. That elusive gold that floats in the ether, waiting for that moment when the alchemist can summon the mystic power of creativity and shape the vibrations into form. Our latest interpretation of the grand intelligence into a musical unified theory is manifested on the ISOLATION EP. Recorded pristinely in isolation at 196kHz on a state of the art AVID desk. The transparent production bathes the listener in the frequency, capturing instinct vs intelligence. An elegant document tracing the endeavour and the pursuit of that elusive “sound”. Kypo, Alex & Brendon

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Brian Dumont

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Brian Dumont, 21, is a musician and composer from Wantagh, New York. He is the bandleader of Jazz/Fusion group Steel Jazz Trio & Friends. Originally a guitarist since the age of eleven, Brian took interest in learning the Pedal Steel after being introduced to it during a private lesson at Five Towns College in 2014. He has since taken lessons from the phenomenal steel guitar expert John Widgren. Just as well, he grasps the complex, harmonically-driven instrument in a way that continually yields sessions and perfomances that range from Country, Western Swing, Rock, Blues, Jazz, and Fusion music. The Pedal Steel Guitar lives very literally in few hands, and musicians like Brian Dumont will continue to expand on a truly American instrument.

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Jim Cohen

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Mike Neer

ap steel guitarist, composer, arranger, producer Mike Neer has been a fixture in the NYC scene and is a former member of several of NYC's top bands. He has studied guitar with Mike Stern. Peter Leitch and Steve Khan, then switched to steel guitar, where he learned Hawaiian style from the masters like Sol Hoopii. His first recording as leader, Steelonious, has been widely praised by critics.

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Greg Leisz

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Ben Keith

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An American pedal steel guitarist, from Bowling Green, Kentucky. Ben worked as a session musician in Nashville in the late 1950s and 1960s. He is most famous for his work with Neil Young, both in stage shows and on albums such as “Harvest”, “Journey Through The Past”, “Time Fades Away”, “On The Beach”, Tonight's the Night, “American Stars 'n' Bars”, Comes A Time, “Hawks 'n' Doves”, “Old Ways”, “Freedom”,Harvest Moon, “Silver and Gold”, Prairie Wind, “Chrome Dreams II”, and the live albums “Unplugged” and “Road Rock Vol. 1”. He played the role of “Grandpa Green” in the Neil Young feature length movie Greendale, released on DVD

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Susan Alcorn

One of the world’s premiere exponents of her instrument, Susan Alcorn has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in country music. Having first paid her dues in Texas country & western bands, she began to expand the vocabulary of her instrument through her study of 20th century classical music, visionary jazz, and world musics. Though known as for her solo work, she has collaborated with numerous artists including Pauline Oliveros, Chris Cutler, the London Improvisors Orchestra, the Glasgow Improvisors Orchestra, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley, Ingrid Laubrock and Leila Bourdreuil, George Burtm Evan Parker, Michael Formanek, Zane Campbell, and Mary Halvorson among others. In 2016, she was voted "Best Other Instrument" by the International Critics Poll

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Robert Randolph

Robert Randolph & The Family Band is a multicultural American funk and soul band composed of Robert Randolph, Marcus Randolph (drums), Danyel Morgan (bass), and Jason Crosby (organ). Frontman Robert Randolph was trained as a pedal steel guitarist in the House of God Church, Keith Dominion, and makes prominent use of the instrument in the band's music. Randolph a native of Maplewood, New Jersey began playing the steel guitar in the House of God Church, which used steel guitars in worship services. Sacred Steel as it is called is used in many African American Pentecostal style churches and while playing at a sacred steel convention in Florida Randolph was discovered

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Scot Ray

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Scot Ray's eclectic slide guitar work is informed by his many years as a professional trombonist - from work with Brian Setzer of the Stray Cats (which involved collaborations with Gwen Stefani, Tony Bennett, and Bob Dylan; along with a Grammy), to pop icons Jason Mraz, Dionne Warwick, Elliot Easton (of The Cars) & Ray Manzarek (of The Doors); from Cuban percussionist Francisco Aguabella to new music pioneers Steuart Liebig, Alex Cline, Vinny Golia, Bill Barrett, Nels Cline; from Caribbean cruise ships and Buddhist funeral bands to performances on David Byrne's Sessions At W. 54th Street, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, The DuMaurier Jazz Festival, and Harmonica Sur Cher France; from soundtracks 'Stuart Little', 'Me, Myself, and Irene', and 'Three To Tango', to a vote as 'rising star' from Down Beat Magazine

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Emil Weiss

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