Fred Gerantab

Fred Gerantab

Nothing's better than a surprise - and when I first opened this CD I was unfamiliar with its Aussie-based leader/trumpeter James Morrision and his collaborators. Needless t…
Rachel Z's name, although not quite yet household, is one that should ring a bell for contemporary jazz/fusion listeners over the last few years; She has been a preferred k…
The term "contemporary jazz" has been mistreated in recent years, due mainly to the lack of new quality artists delivering the goods, and partially due to the industry care…
Since 1998, the contrast between Pat Metheny's releases has been dramatic, and has re-introduced Metheny's seemingly endless palette of sounds and settings to both his exis…
Hot on the heels of a global tour, Verve has put forth 2 CDs representing the wide scope of John McLaughlin's music, from his groundbreaking explorations with Shakti, to hi…
The story is that Japanese-born Joh Yamada, 30 years old when he decide to make this recording, was waiting until he had something musically significant to say before he ta…
Without a doubt one of the more promising jazz guitarists to come about on the scene, Robert Tye displays not only an impressive display of melodic sensibility and techniqu…
2-time Grammy nominee Tim Eyermann creates a strong mood statement with Karla's Fire, blending a handful of smooth jazz gems (both originals and classic renditions) and les…
29.01.2011

Guitar Picks

Published in Jazz Viewpoints
In this new era in which Palm Pilots are replacing wirebound book organizers, the preferred reading of the morning commuter has become PC Magazine and MP3 is making us all either sweat or smile, the guitar world luckily still maintains a core simplicity of wood and wires, plugs and picks.

Not to say that technology hasn't made many things better, but certain rules will always stand, and while silicon chips may make your ideas easier to get on CD, they don't replace good old-fashioned creativi …

29.01.2011

Guitar Picks

Published in Jazz Viewpoints
Hello everyone, and welcome to the first installment of Guitar Picks, an educational column dedicated to the guitar's role in jazz past and present. I should begin first by telling you what I hope can be accomplished by readers and students of this column over time.

First and foremost, this column can assist beginner and intermediate guitar students of all styles in incorporating and introducing jazz sensibilities, phrasings and improvisational tools into their own playing, in hopes of …
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