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Mike Brannon

Mike Brannon

29.01.2011

John Scofield

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It is a rare artist that can explore more than one kind of music with true fluency, virtuosity and sincerity. Guitarist John Scofield can, and he's proven it once again with Piety Street - a powerful collection of Gospel renditions.

Born in Ohio, 26 December 1951, and raised in Connecticut, Scofield took up the guitar at age 11, inspired by both rock and blues players. An early introduction to jazz guitar records sparked a lifelong love of jazz. Scofield atte …

29.01.2011

Bob Berg

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
The probability that you've heard Bob Berg's distinctive, soulful, intelligent soloing is very high if you've heard the more contemporary work of Miles, Mike Stern, Chick Corea, Horace Silver, Cedar Walton, Gary Burton, Randy Brecker, Jaco, and now a new version of the super group, Steps Ahead, with Mike Maineri, Marc Johnson, Peter Erskine, Elaine Elias. A new release is due later this spring.

The chances that you might also see Berg with a surfcasting rod on the far eastern shores of Long …

What if you were to look beyond the obvious of what you normally do each day, and learned to see beyond? What if your mind and ears were always open, yet you stayed deeply focused and unwavering from your concentration on the moment?

Lyle Mays pulled that which was not obvious and created the improvised compositions of his long awaited new album, "Solo - Improvisations for Expanded Piano." At the same time, Mays has accomplished what he has always done with the Pat Metheny Group: surprised u …

JazzReview: Do you feel that most of that can be satisfied within the PMG: your ability to express yourself?

Lyle Mays: Well, certainly a lot of can be satisfied within the PMG because there’s so much variety. Also I've had something to do with the structure and the notes that we're playing, so I feel like there's a part of me whenever we perform. Yeah, it satisfies quite a lot. There's the potential for reaching far more people playing with the PMG than if I would tour on my o …

Peter Martin wears a lot of hats these days. The 30-year old solo artist, composer, leader, and New Orleans-based pianist for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, has just released, "Something Unexpected," his debut CD for the MaxJazz label.

Martin has worked with are Wynton Marsalis (in the Lincoln Center group), Terence Blanchard, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman and Nicholas Payton. He is currently on tour with Dianne Reeves’ group.

"Something Unexpected" was recorded live at Jazz at the Bis …

"Without some discomfort there is no growth."

Witness an album like "Wide Open Spaces" and you'll know what this means. There's certainly no discomfort in listening to it. It’s an anthem to the restlessness that drives improvisational music to those unquantifiable, unexpected qualities that make it unique and alive, often surprising even its purveyors as they create it.

Michael Formanek is a musician/composer first and bassist by choice. Or as he said, "It chose me." He has had the fortu …

When Miles decided to come off a nearly seven year hiatus two decades ago to put together his "final" super band, a then unknown Bill Evans was chosen for the tenor/soprano chair as a foil to Davis' often-somber trumpet. As always, Miles was picky. It wasn't just anyone he'd allow to share his stage night after night. Though there are unreleased Columbia recordings throughout the mid 70's and into 1980, he went through quite a few lineups that were created for him to which he'd usually only list …
Steve Swallow may not be a household word, 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. Swallow's not just a great and very unique electric jazz bassist but also a trusted producer of sessions which have included the likes jazz guitar icons Metheny, Scofield, Frisell and Goodrick. Beyond this, he is also an often covered composer in his own right (even pianist Bill Evans …
If you don't know drummer Danny Gottleib or you know him from only the earliest incarnations of the Pat Metheny Group, there's a lot you don't know about this talented, multi-faceted musician. Not complacent to rest on past laurels of any kind, Gottleib currently juggles percussion duties with more groups and ensembles than many work with in a lifetime, seeing it all optimistically, as a welcomed challenge. A rare attitude that pervades his work and beyond and which is carried to all who he come …
Sometimes a new face just seems to come out of the blue. A talent that wasn't there one moment and just then was the next. For Debbie Deane...it was the usual 10+ year 'overnight' success that just appeared to be instantaneous. Judging from those she chose to accompany her on her maiden voyage, she did it right though.

When she's not performing with her regular trio in Brooklyn or solo in NY or on the west coast, she writes (adding to the fifty odd originals she performs) and teaches mu …
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