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Mike Brannon

Mike Brannon is guitarist/writer for the Synergy Group in San Antonio, Texas and was born in Atlanta, Ga and first picked up the guitar In high school in Greensboro, NC. Synergy's latest release is Later, with special guests, 2-time grammy winner, tenor saxist Bill Evans, 7-time Grammy winner, drummer Paul Wertico and bassist Harvie S was released in Spring 2006 on the Nextep label. Their previous release, Barcodes with 3-time Grammy winner Jeff Coffin of Bela Fleck and the Flexktones and the Dave Matthews band, and Trey Gunn of King Crimson. Currently they are about to release Off the Map with special guest percussionist, Don Alias

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Bill Frisell Interview: The Textural Minimalist Redefines American Music

Read "Bill Frisell Interview: The Textural Minimalist Redefines American Music" reviewed by Mike Brannon


This article was first published at All About Jazz on March 2001. It's safe to say, the great American composer/improviser has a new face. Formerly more likely to have been two different people, one committed to the quiet focused existence of composition at a piano while the other roaming the stages of the world, ...

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Bill Stewart: Ain't No Funk In Iowa

Read "Bill Stewart: Ain't No Funk In Iowa" reviewed by Mike Brannon


This article was first published at All About Jazz in May 2002. Upon joining The John Scofield group in the mid '80s it seemed like drummer Bill Stewart just appeared out of nowhere. Of course, Scofield and Stewart did a number of tours and studio dates together while word got around about Stewart's unique ...

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Pat Martino: Creative Force

Read "Pat Martino: Creative Force" reviewed by Mike Brannon


This article was first published at All About Jazz in June 2000. Pat Martino. A name that strikes anything from fear to sheer awe and reverence in musicians who know who this is. And what he's done and been through. And continues to go through. The name resonates a bridge between the true Jazz ...

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Lyle Mays Goes Solo

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From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in May 2001. What if you were to look beyond the obvious of what you normally do each day, and you learned to see beyond? What if your mind, and ears were always open yet you stayed deeply focused and unwavering from ...

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Bill Stewart Interview

Read "Bill Stewart Interview" reviewed by Mike Brannon


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in May 2002. Upon joining The John Scofield group in the mid '80s it seemed like drummer Bill Stewart just appeared out of nowhere. They of course did a number of tours and studio dates together while word got around about Stewart's ...

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Medeski, Martin and Wood: A Retro Phenomenon for the New Millenium

Read "Medeski, Martin and Wood: A Retro Phenomenon for the New Millenium" reviewed by Mike Brannon


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in April 1999. No, they're not a law firm, and though they're not yet a household word either, MMW is a trio of formidable sonic integrity and groove. 'Fronted' by Hammond B-3 organist John Medeski, the trio has been described as everything ...

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Steve Swallow Interview

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From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in January 2001. Steve Swallow may not be a household name, at least in most households, but if you've listened to contemporary jazz over the last thirty years, you've likely heard him on one side of the studio glass or the other. ...

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Michael Brecker: He Can Groove Any Way You Want

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This article was originally published at All About Jazz in August 1998. Once one half of the world renown Brecker Brothers and full time studio legend, tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker relinquished that throne to form a group and deliver his own material. Though the Coltrane influence is present in spirit, its simultaneously transcended, skewered even, by ...

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Gary Burton: The Art of Listening

Read "Gary Burton: The Art of Listening" reviewed by Mike Brannon


This article was originally published at All About Jazz in February 2001. If you had to choose one living musician who has pioneered the current state and techniques of his instrument, championed jazz education and performed with most of the current crop of established, contemporary jazz artists (Chick, Metheny, Jarrett, Herbie) plus has 'discovered' ...


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