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Nguyen Le

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Born in Paris from vietnamese parents, he began to play drums at the age of 15, then took up guitar & electric bass. After graduating in Visual Arts, he majored in Philosophy, writing a thesis on Exoticism. Then he devoted to music, creating "ULTRAMARINE" (1983), a multi-ethnic band whose CD " De " has been considered "1989' s best World Music album" Philippe Conrath, Liberation. Nguyen LE is a self-taught musician, with a wide scope of interests : Rock & Funk (Jim Cuomo, Madagascar tour 84), Jazz standards & contemporary Jazz (bass player with Marc Ducret, guitar player with Eric Barret), Improvised Music (Yves Robert), Singers (Ray Charles), Contemporary Music (Andre Almuro, Tona Scherchen, Marius Constant, Mauricio Kagel), Ethnic Music : African & Caribbean with ULTRAMARINE , Algerian with Safy Boutella & Cheb Mami, Indian with Kakoli, Turkish with Kudsi Erguner, Vietnamese with his "Dan Bau" (traditional one-stringed instrument) teacher Truong Tang. In sept

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Article: Live Review

Alternative Guitar Summit 2021

Read "Alternative Guitar Summit 2021" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Alternative Guitar Summit New York, NY March 20-21, 2021 The Alternative Guitar Summit was founded in 2010 by guitarist/composer Joel Harrison. Every year it has included a Music Camp with Master Classes by notable guitarists, and a Music Festival featuring a wide array of guitar styles. In this pandemic year the decision ...

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News: Festival

Alternative Guitar Summit 2021 Music Festival March 20 & 21—Online & Viewable Worldwide!

Alternative Guitar Summit 2021 Music Festival March 20 & 21—Online & Viewable Worldwide!

On March 20th and 21st, the Alternative Guitar Summit presents its annual two-day music festival, part of the NYC-based Summit's month-long celebration of innovative guitar music. Unlike years past, the 2021 Alt Guitar Summit Festival will be held online and thus accessible to global audiences despite the Covid 19 pandemic. And to accommodate all music lovers ...

Album

The Missing Song

Label: Blue Canoe Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Billy; Gary; Dennis; Keith; Steve; Kirk; Peter; Terry; Vinnie.

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Article: Album Review

Scott Jones: Fictional Characters

Read "Fictional Characters" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


Let's face it, if you're an electric guitarist with high-level jazz fusion chops, there are certain inevitabilities. Merely treading (or in this case stomping) through the stylistic domains of Tribal Tech, Allan Holdsworth, The Chick Corea Elektric Band and the like means stepping into the quicksand of comparison to such behemoths of the genre, so one ...

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Article: Album Review

Gergo Borlai: The Missing Song

Read "The Missing Song" reviewed by Jim Worsley


The Missing Song has been heralded as a tribute to Gergo Borlai's nine most influential drummers still alive and performing today. This is much more than just listing them and perhaps covering one of their songs. Borlai composed eight of the nine new songs on this album. He plays them all in the manner, or mindset, ...

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Article: Album Review

Black String: Karma

Read "Karma" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Black String's karma must be good. The globally respected UK magazine Songlines awarded the South Korean quartet its Asia and South Pacific Award for Mask Dance (ACT Music, 2016), the band's potent debut. Critical acclaim for Black String's intoxicating blend of Korean traditional music and free improvisation, however, was universal, with invitations taking it all over ...

Album

Overseas

Label: ACT Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Noon Moon; People Of The Waterfalls; The Offering; Tribal Symmetry; Overseas Suite – Origin; Overseas Suite - The Quest; Overseas Suite - Square Earth; Overseas Suite - Âu Co, The Mountain Fairy; Overseas Suite - Beat Rice Box; Overseas Suite - In The Warm Rain; Overseas Suite - Year Of The Dog; Mother Goddess - Yellow Earth; Mother Goddess - Red Sky.

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Article: Radio

Enrico Rava: Five Decades of Jazz - The Co-leader and Sideman Part 1

Read "Enrico Rava: Five Decades of Jazz - The Co-leader and Sideman Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


After focusing on Enrico Rava's discography as leader, this week we explore his more than five decades of work as co-leader and sideman. The statuture of an artist can be measured not only through the albums s/he has recorded but also by the caliber of the musicians he has played with. There are not ...

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Article: Album Review

Nguyen Le: Overseas

Read "Overseas" reviewed by Don Phipps


Robust and compelling, guitarist and composer Nguyen Le's Overseas continues his explorations of hybrid jazz—a jazz which combines traditional Vietnamese music with a personal style of jazzy soulful funk. Ancient instruments and urban rhythms collide, creating a kaleidoscopic musical mix that is at times hopping, like a busy Ho Chi Minh City avenue, and at times ...


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