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Les Paul

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Les Paul is a unique blend of musician and inventor. His performing career started at the age of 13 and by the early 1950s he was the greatest jazz guitarist of his generation. As an inventor, Les Paul's breakthrough creation of the solid-body electric guitar paved the way for electric music made the sound of rock and roll possible. In 1953 while performing with Bing Crosby, he perfected the first multi- track recording machine, allowing separate lines of instrumental music and vocals to be blended together. His many recording innovations--including sound-on-sound, overdubbing, reverb effects, and multi-tracking--greatly accelerated the advancement of studio recording. One of the most influential figures in the development of modern music-making, Les Paul developed an interest in both music and electronics very early in his life

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Article: Interview

John Pizzarelli: The Metheny Project

Read "John Pizzarelli: The Metheny Project" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Guitarist/singer John Pizzarelli has been a road warrior in a long career spanning some five decades. He's known for following in the footsteps of his father, the great jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, as a champion of the Great American Songbook working with classic jazz musicians and singers. He eventually became one of those singers that keeps ...

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Article: Book Review

Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975

Read "Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975 Richard Thompson with Scott Timberg 304 Pages ISBN-13 : 978-1616208950 Algonquin Books 2021 Legendary British folk and folk-rock guitarist/singer/songwriter Richard Thompson focuses on his early career in this memoir. The story of his musical coming of age, it is devoted ...

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Take Five With Roman Miroshnichenko

Read "Take Five With Roman Miroshnichenko" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Roman Miroshnichenko Roman Miroshnichenko is a virtuoso guitarist, one of the premier guitarists of the new generation of the jazz-fusion music. He has received a total of 30 nominations with 10 wins in multiple international songwriting contests and music awards throughout 2010-2020, including four The Independent Music Awards, 1st Prize of the USA Songwriting Competition, ...

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Article: Album Review

Tony Taravella: Dedicated To Les Paul

Read "Dedicated To Les Paul" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Les Paul (1915 to 2009) was one of the innovators in the creation of the solid body electric guitar. Paul enjoyed a long and successful career—performing and recording from 1945, backing Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, offering up a bunch of singles (this was pre-33rpm album days) with his wife Mary Ford, playing with Chet ...

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Brandon “Taz” Niederauer: A Minor with a Major Future

Read "Brandon “Taz” Niederauer: A Minor with a Major Future" reviewed by Alan Bryson


Though only seventeen, guitarist/singer/songwriter Brandon Niederauer has amassed a staggering list of accomplishments. At age ten he was a guest and performer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show--the YouTube clip of which has over 3,200,000 views. Two years later he landed a role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway Musical, School of Rock. He has performed a Hendrixesque version ...

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Wayne Wesley Johnson & Friends: Jazzamenco

Read "Jazzamenco" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The well-traveled and now New Mexico-based guitarist Wayne Wesley Johnson pulls out all the stops on the generally engaging double-CD set Jazzamenco, using (at various times) no less than seven guest guitarists, saxophone, Latin percussion, pan flute, charango and Chinese pipa to amplify the rhythm section of keyboards, bass and drums (which is present and accounted ...

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Wayne Wesley Johnson

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Wayne Wesley Johnson is a professional Award Winning Guitarist who formerly toured with guitar legend, Les Paul, recorded and performed with Nokie Edwards (The Ventures), and others, and has performed with Mason Williams (Classical Gas). He has sold over 80,000 CDs worldwide and his music is heard Internationally on over 400 radio stations and on "Roswell," "Malcolm in the Middle," Discovery Channel, "Outward Bound," MTV's "Made," and the Weather Channel to name but a few. He has toured and performed all over the world including China, Israel, Europe, South America and in most of the 50 states

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Pat Martino: In the Moment

Read "Pat Martino: In the Moment" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Legendary guitarist Pat Martino is devoted to living in the Here and Now! -coincidentally the title of his autobiography (DaCapo, 2011). Taking each moment as it is and adding full measures of love and spirituality, Martino is now well into his sixth decade as one of the most revered and sought after jazz musicians on the ...

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News: Recording

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius Sign To Melodic Revolution Records

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius Sign To Melodic Revolution Records

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius will release their fifth CD Guilty of Innocence through Melodic Revolution Records early Fall 2017. The new 10-track album will be available worldwide in both Physical and Digital formats. Guilty of Innocence features special appearances by Alex Skolnick (Testament), Rave Tesar (Renaissance) and Randy McStine (The Fringe). Guilty of Innocence highlights include ...


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