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Mark Kleinhaut

Jazz guitarist /composer Mark Kleinhaut has been playing guitar since he was nine-years-old; when he converted his sister’s folk guitar into an electric guitar by screwing a radio shack clip microphone to its top and plugging it into the home stereo. By age 12 he was playing one chord jams with his friends. Mark’s interest in jazz developed gradually; as a kid hacking around on the guitar, he was really into Yes, Genesis, ELP and Jethro Tull, and when he heard groups like the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever and Weather Report, it changed everything. For Mark, the virtuosity, extended compositions and interaction of these musicians was overwhelming–pure magic


Article: Guitarist's Rendezvous

Mark Kleinhaut, Nat Janoff, Guillermo Bazzola, and Shan Arsenault

Read "Mark Kleinhaut, Nat Janoff, Guillermo Bazzola, and Shan Arsenault" reviewed by Dom Minasi

Welcome back to Guitarists Rendezvous, our second installment in a series that introduces readers to emerging or established guitarists who fly just under the radar of public recognition. Each will field the same four questions and we've included audio and video so you can sample their music. This installment includes a diverse group ...


Article: On and Off the Grid

Practice, Do You? Part 3-3

Read "Practice, Do You? Part 3-3" reviewed by Dom Minasi

Continued from Part 2 I began studying the guitar when I was seven years old. I hated my teacher and I didn't practice much, but when I changed teachers' and I went to Joe Geneli, I regained a love for the guitar that I first had when I was four years old when I ...


Jones Street

Label: Invisible Music Records
Released: 2013


Article: Bailey's Bundles

String Theory 2013: Mark Kleinhaut & Hristo Vitchev

Read "String Theory 2013: Mark Kleinhaut & Hristo Vitchev" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Six strings or seven...twelve frets give or take a couple. That is what the guitar is. Mark Kleinhaut and Hristo Vitchev are two guitarists whose vision expands the role of the guitar in both composition and improvisation. They explore, Kleinhaut with immediate improvisation and Vitchev with directed performance, the length and breadth of guitar playing with ...


Holding the Center

Label: Invisible Music Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Intro to Sister Cuba; Sister Cuba; Baby R; Holding the Center; Holiday; Forgotten Song; Erika's 8:30 Rule; Logical Extension; Shells on Ancon Beach; Green T; Passing Bird; Gospel of B; Rock & Sand.


Article: Album Review

The Mark Kleinhaut Trio: Holding the Center

Read "Holding the Center" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Mark Kleinhaut is back with longtime bandmates Jim Lyden (bass) and Les Harris, Jr. (drums), extending the parameters with excursions into electronica, rock and Latin music. The results on Holding the Center are emphatically convincing. Kleinhaut has a full-bodied, well-rounded tone. His guitar is an eloquent messenger, filled with melody, bounce, swing and looping patterns that ...


Article: Album Review

Mark Kleinhaut Trio: Holding the Center

Read "Holding the Center" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

It was time for this to happen. Guitarist Mark Kleinhaut has put out five CDs of original material, but his last two efforts, both on Invisible Music--A Balance of Light (2003) and Chasing Tales (2001)--showcased guest artists in front of the trio: alto saxophonist Bobby Watson and trumpeter Tiger Okoshi, respectively. Both were fine outings, but ...


Article: Album Review

Mark Kleinhaut Trio: Holding the Center

Read "Holding the Center" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Maine guitarist Mark Kleinhaut expands his impressive discography with Holding the Center, a progressive, contemporary outing. On his previous two recordings, A Balance of Light and Chasing Tales, Kleinhaut employed trumpeter Tiger Okoshi and alto saxophonist Bobby Watson, respectively. Here the guitarist displays his own considerable talent in the more intimate trio format. Kleinhaut ...


Article: Album Review

Mark Kleinhaut Trio with Bobby Watson: A Balance of Light

Read "A Balance of Light" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Mark Kleinhaut's previous trio recording, Chasing Tales (Invisible Music, 2002), employed trumpeter Tiger Okoshi to great effect. The guitarist follows it up with alto saxophonist Bobby Watson on A Balance of Light. Kleinhaut's taut trio serves as a perfect foil to the sleek Watson as the group navigates eight of Kleinhaut's original compositions. The ...


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