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Etienne Mbappe Interview & Note

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Etienne Mbappe is a musician’s musician, a Paris based bass player, originally from Cameroon. He began his musical career in Paris in the 80s, playing with the leading names on the African music scene. He was part of Ultramarine, a groundbreaking world music fusion band, and was eventually recruited by the jazz legend Joe Zawinul to join his band, and later by another music icon, John McLaughlin, with whom he still tours and records.

This year he joined Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz, Keith Carlock, and Michael Landau in a new super group — The Ringers. Fresh off their first tour, and just before the upcoming tour with John McLaughlin, this seemed like a perfect time to talk with Etienne( aka ATN to friends & fans.)

file: https://talking2musicians.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/t2m-podcast-etienne-mbappe.mp3

Bonus audio, a short follow-up proof of concept interview with the founder of the Abstract Logix label, Souvik Dutta along with some soundboard audio from the Ringers tour.

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Clip from Bela Fleck’s film of Africa (mentioned in the interview)

Sorry the original Wamba by Salif Keita (which Etienne sings during the interview) isn’t available on video.

Here’s another version of Wamba interpreted by: Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, Tito Puente, Dizzy gillespie, Anthony Jackson, John Scofield, Art Pharmer, Phil Woods, Bob Berg, Charlie Haden,.  Arranged by Benny Golson from 1989

Here is a very “retro” video of Kante Manfila -Ntesse (mentioned in the interview)

Below is Toure Kunda, also mentioned in the interview

Joe Zawinul with Etienne

Podcast Interview with the great Etienne Mbappe

Etienne Mbappe is a musician’s musician, a Paris based bass player, originally from Cameroon.  He began his musical career in Paris in the 80s, playing with the leading names on the African music scene.  He was part of Ultramarine, a groundbreaking world music fusion band, and was eventually recruited by the jazz legend Joe Zawinul to join his band, and later by  another music icon, John McLaughlin, with whom he still tours and records.

This year he joined Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz, Keith Carlock, and Michael Landau in a new super group — The Ringers.  Fresh off thier first tour, and just before the upcoming tour with John McLaughlin, this seemed like a perfect time to talk with Etienne( aka ATN to friends & fans.)

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Podcast Interview with fusion guitarist Alex Machacek

Alex Machacek is an Austrian born jazz fusion guitarist who has been based in Los Angeles for nearly a decade. He’s been described as the next John McLaughlin, which, given his musical abilities is not an unreasonable assertion, but he is not the next anyone, he’s an artist with his own voice and vision.  The blistering speed of his playing is matched by a commitment to serve the music. His music is varied, at times tender, emotive and reflective, at times playful, and occasionally angular and harsh. His approach is unorthodox and creative.

This hour long interview touches upon his training, development, influences and approach, with samples from his latest recording, FAT (short for Fabulous Austrian Trio.)

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Alex Machacek Interview & Note

alex-machacek-txAlex Machacek is an Austrian born jazz fusion guitarist who has been based in Los Angeles for nearly a decade. He’s been described as the next John McLaughlin, which, given his musical abilities is not an unreasonable assertion, but he is not the next anyone, he’s an artist with his own voice and vision.

The blistering speed of his playing is matched by a commitment to serve the music. His music is varied, at times tender, emotive and reflective, at times playful, and occasionally angular and harsh. His approach is unorthodox and creative.

This hour long interview touches upon his training, development, influences and approach, with samples from his latest recording, FAT (short for Fabulous Austrian Trio.)

file: https://talking2musicians.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/t2m-alex-machacek-podcast.mp3


Debashish Bhattacharya is the Indian Slide Guitar Master we spoke of during the interview

Charlie Mariano, above, in 1998 at age 75 playing a song from his album Bangalore.

Terry Bozzio is the “Terry” Alex mentioned in relation to drummers

Austrian classical icon Friedrich Gulda with Austrian jazz icon Joe Zawinul

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