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It may be a fitting instance of fortuity that the initials of Aaron, Trey, Eddie, Alex, and Marco happen to spell A-TEAM… because, as rock virtuosos, that's exactly what they are: an A-team of "musicians' musicians," and a likely 2008 successor to the great virtuoso bands of the past - Mahavishnu Orchestra, Zappa and The Mothers, King Crimson and, of course, UK.

Returning from a self-imposed 27-year retirement from band and touring activity, keyboardist/electric violinist and UK co-founder, Eddie Jobson, set out to find the same caliber of next-generation musicians for the new UKZ project that would equal or surpass the talents of his previous colleagues and collaborators - an already impressive list that includes Frank Zappa, Robert Fripp, Bill Bruford, Phil Collins, John Entwistle, Ian Anderson, Simon Phillips, Terry Bozzio, Allan Holdsworth, and Tony Levin.

Jobson put together the ideal 'virtual band' by studying musicians' performances on YouTube and - given his renown among musicians worldwide - received instant acceptance from all of his first choices:

Aaron Lippert - a citizen of Belgium, but born and raised in New York - the former lead singer and songwriter for Columbia recording artists Expanding Man.
Trey Gunn - a Texas native, currently residing in Seattle - a ten-year veteran of King Crimson and the leading exponent of the Warr touch guitar.
Alex Machacek - from Vienna, Austria - an award-winning guitar prodigy and composer.
Marco Minnemann - from Hannover, Germany - a drumming phenomenon of unparalleled virtuosity.

Five exceptional musicians, all citizens of different countries, coming together in a digital collaboration over the internet to forge a new and innovative path - a musical A-team poised to raise the bar one more time.

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Article: Album Review

Alex Machacek: 24 Tales

Read "24 Tales" reviewed by John Kelman


It's not the first time guitarist Alex Machacek has composed around drum improvisation--he did that with three tracks on [sic], his 2006 breakout record and first for Abstract Logix--but he's taken the concept even farther on 24 Tales. It's also not the only release to use, as its basis, a 51-minute drum improvisation by Marco Minneman--Machacek's ...

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Radiation

Label: Globe Music
Released: 2009
Track listing: Radiation; Houston; TU-95; Legend.

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Article: Album Review

UKZ: Radiation

Read "Radiation" reviewed by John Kelman


After a 27-year hiatus from band touring and recording, Frank Zappa and Roxy Music alum/UK co-founder Eddie Jobson returns with UKZ and Radiation, a CD-EP to coincide with the group's January 24, 2009 “One City World Tour" New York show. A logical extension/evolution of UK's progressive rock leanings, the highly anticipated UKZ is an all-new line-up ...

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News: Recording

UK Founder Eddie Jobson Announces Ep Release and New York City Concert

(Los Angeles, CA) -- Keyboard and electric-violin legend Eddie Jobson announced a January 6 release date for the new UKZ band’s debut EP entitled Radiation. The band is also planning a debut concert in late January in New York City. A video for the title track “Radiation” will be released this month to ukzband.com Zealots Lounge ...


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