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Guitarist Mike Seal first caught my attention at the end of 2014 as part of the Jeff Sipe Trio. At that time I described him as an extraordinarily talented young musician, an assessment shared by many, including the legendary dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas. This summer the three time winner of the Country Music Association’s Musician of the Year award invited Mike Seal to join his band. At the beginning of this exciting new chapter in his musical journey, it seemed like an ideal time to speak with him.
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Two part interview with Zayn Mohammed the winner of the 2016 Sky Art TV Guitar Star series.
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Matt Slocum is a prominent keyboardist on the Southern music scene, best known for his work with Oteil Burbridge, the Lee Boys, and Susan Tedeschi and his role as Jimmy Herring’s go-to keyboard player. Last year he was recruited by Bruce Hampton to join the Aquarium Rescue Unit’s 30 year anniversary tour. He’s also a member of the band King Baby, who just finished recording their first album which will be released this fall on Abstract Logix..
He was born in Massachusetts, where he began studying classical piano at an early age. As a teenager he moved to Alabama and continued his musical education at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. At the 1991 Berklee College of Music Summer Performance Program he was ranked among the the top ten of the attendees.
We get into all of that and more, and listen to some audio of Matt’s work with Jimmy Herring, Bruce Hampton, and King Baby.
Carl Mörner Ringström
Sweden’s Carl Mörner Ringström is not the first musician I’ve interviewed whose parents were music teachers, but there the similarities end. He got his first electric guitar at the age of seven, and although his father is a classical guitarist, the son was determined to master the instrument on his own. He spent the next four years in his room with the door closed learning to tune and play guitar by listening to Eddie van Halen – a decision which gave him his unique approach to jazz. He discovered jazz when he began formal musical training in the Swedish school system, but continued to play in several rock and metal bands.
His band, the CMJ Quartet, won the Swedish Youth Jazz Competition in 2004, and in 2015 he was nominated and performed at the BMW World Jazz Award concert in Munich, Germany. He’s a graduate of the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, Denmark. He’s played extensively throughout Europe, and spent time in Asia, and New York City. As is the case with many young jazz artists, he plays and records in a series of fluid partnerships and combinations, gives private instruction, and teaches on the college level.
During the interview we also preview his latest album, on which his metal roots can also be heard.
With a musical career that spans five decades and as many continents, John McLaughlin has established himself as one of the premier guitarists on the world stage. At the age of 73 his youthful vigor is nothing short of astounding. If he’s not touring with one of his two working bands, chances are he’s either preparing for his next tour, or he’s in the recording studio, or he’s embarking on a new project that has captured his imagination. He continues to thrill audiences with his virtuosity, intensity, and high energy style; all of which are on full display on his soon to be released album Black Light – already the top selling album in the category jazz fusion on Amazon. Listening to it you can understand why he calls the 4th Dimension the best band he’s ever had.
When we spoke he was at home doing some press work and getting a little R&R before embarking on a tour of Asia. When he answered the telephone he said he had just finished an in depth interview dealing with his musical history, but fortunately I had already decided to use this opportunity to explore the magic of music and creativity and ask about some of the insights he has gleaned during his long and rich musical journey. It turned out to be a serendipitous decision that pushed the right buttons. Unbeknownst to me, the title of his album essentially came about as he pondered such questions, and as a result he was energized and highly engaged throughout our conversation.
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Oteil Burbridge is one of the most respected bass players on the Southern music scene. He is an original member of the cult band Aquarium Rescue Unit led my Col. Bruce Hampton, who are regrouping for a reunion tour this summer. He was the original bass player in the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and he received a Grammy lifetime achievement award for his 17 year stint with the legendary Allman Brothers Band.
He departed the TTB in order to start a family and he is now the very proud father of a healthy baby boy. To spend more time with his family he is selective about touring and has really been mixing it up these past few years.
If you’ve listened to my interviews with John Scofield, Jimmy Herring, Derek Trucks, and Jeff Sipe you know his name has come up several times. He is all about the music and it was a treat for finally talk to the man himself.
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Many of you will recognize him from the theme music here @ talking2musicians. Well, it’s 2015 and he has just released his 8th album, “Eight Cylider” which we preview during this interview.
He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and after spending several years in New York honing his skills, he returned to his native Munich as one of the hottest players on the vibrant Munich jazz scene.
He’s an excellent player, but it is the range and richness of his compositional prowess I find especially striking. Listen in to discover why he happens to be one of my favorite contemporary jazz composers.
Jeff Sipe is a drummer based in Asheville, North Carolina. For decades he has been a conspicuous presence on the Southern Music scene. He was an original member of the Aquarium Rescue Unit, and the phenomenal trio Hellborg, Lane, & Sipe. He’s known as Jimmy Herring’s go-to drummer, and he can be found in all kinds of fluid combinations. After I heard the recent release by the Jeff Sipe Trio I knew I needed to speak with him.
Jeff has enlisted the aid of two extraordinarily talented young musicians, Mike Seal on guitar and Taylor Lee on bass, and I can’t praise the three of them enough. The playing, the arrangements, the music — everything comes together and works on several levels. Each is a musician who remains true to his own artistic vision, and it’s clear they are in sync with where they want to go musically. That’s the foundation of an excellent album.
During the interview we’ll preview four tracks from the album, and Jeff also shares some stories about people like Steve Vai, Frank Zappa, Kevin Eubanks, Bill Frisell, Jimmy Herring, teenage Derek Trucks, and explains what makes Oteil Burbridge such a remarkable bassist.
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