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MATTHIAS BUBLATH podcast interview

MATTHIAS BUBLATH

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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.

 

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Jeff Sipe Podcast

Jeff Sipe

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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.

 

This post is the podcast feed, please visit the front page for the full interview with notes

Badfinger’s Joey Molland

 Badfinger’s Joey Molland

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A native of Liverpool, England, Joey Molland is the sole remaining member of the group Badfinger from their most successful period in the early 1970s.  He shared lead guitar duties with Pete Ham, wrote songs, and sang.  This is an in depth interview in two parts.

In part one he shares memories of his early years in Liverpool, seeing the Beatles at the Cavern Club, playing guitar on the street corner on Penny Lane, working the local clubs, and joining Badfinger and recording with George Harrison as the group’s producer.  We also talk about slide guitar and various recordings.

In part two he shares memories of playing at Madison Square Garden on the Concert for Bangladesh, doing session work at John Lennon’s house on the Imagine album, and much more.  We also preview his recent album Return To Memphis.

T2M Joey Molland Interview Part 1

T2M Joey Molland Interview Part 2

John McLaughlin, Ranjit Barot, Etienne Mbappe Interview

The legendary guitarist John McLaughlin and two of his extraordinarily talented band mates from The 4th Dimension remember fellow musician U. Srinivas, who played electric mandolin with John McLaughlin in the formation Remember Shakti.  Srinivas passed away in September of 2014.

Recently Srinivas, Barot, and Mbappe had formed a trio which explored a fusion of African and Indian music.  In this interview John McLaughlin shares his memories of Srinivas, and Ranjit Barot and Etienne Mbappe talk about their work on the album Bombay Makossa that they recorded with Srinivas, and we preview several tracks from the new album.

 

Eliot Lewis Podcast Interview

Eliot Lewis

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Eliot Lewis is a multi instrumentalist perhaps best known as the longest-serving member of the highly respected house band on the immensely popular web-series Live from Daryl’s House, which is also broadcast on television on the Palladia Network (owned by MTV.)  On the show he generally handles the keyboard and backup vocal duties, but as a solo artist you are likely to find him on lead guitar.

For thirteen years prior to joining the Hall & Oates band he was a member of the legendary Average White Band, playing bass, guitar, keyboards, and singing.

Before joining the AWB he was a contract songwriter with Sony and later Warner Brothers.  As a young man he learned the ropes and did session work with the highly successful producer Dan Hartman (who is known to the public as the bass player and rhythm guitar player for the Edgar Winter Group.)  As you hear in the interview he also had some extraordinary musical adventures as a teenager.

 

Rod Melancon Podcast Interview

Rod Melancon

rod t2mRod Melancon is a gifted young singer/songwriter from the Cajun lowlands of Louisiana.  He is now based in Los Angeles and has just released his second album, “Parish Lines” which was produced by Brian Whelan (guitarist with the Dwight Yoakum band.)

If you have to put a label on it, Americana would probably be the best description.  About the best way I could describe him would be a blending of Bruce Springsteen, Hank Williams, young Elvis, and the attitude of James Dean.

He has a remarkable talent for writing songs that convey the drama in the close-knit community where he was raised, and he has an uncanny knack of evoking honesty, tenderness, melancholy, and violent raw emotions with his voice.

Interview notes

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Nathan East Podcast Interview

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Nathan East

Nathan East is one of the world’s premiere session musicians. He’s perhaps best known as Eric Clapton’s favorite bass player, but that’s also Nathan on Michael Jackson’s “Bad” and Daft Punk’s recent Grammy winning album. Of course he’s a founding member of the highly successful jazz group Fourplay.

Some of his other credits include: Anita Baker, Herbie Hancock, Babyface, B.B. King, George Harrison, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Savage Garden, Sting, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, Kenny Loggins, and The Manhattan Transfer.

His debut self-titled album will be released March 25, 2014, with guest appearances by Michael McDonald, Sara Bareilles, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Kazumasa Oda, Bob James, Chuck Loeb, Ray Parker, Jr., David Paich and his son Noah East.black mp3

Gary Husband Interview Part 3

Gary Husband

gary at howardHe’s a world-class drummer and a world-class keyboardist. For those of us who are guitar fans, Gary has literally lived the dream, he’s had a decades long working relationship with the legendary fusion guitarist Allan Holdsworth as his drummer, and for years now he has been touring and recording with the iconic John McLaughlin in his 4th Dimension formation (on keyboards and drums.) The list of guitarists he’s worked with is a veritable who’s who of electric guitar, in addition to Holdsworth and McLaughlin, there’s Wayne Krantz, Jimmy Herring, Mike Stern, Andy Summers, Gary Moore, Ray Russell, Robin Trower, Jeff Beck, Alex Machecek, Steve Hackett, Steve Topping, and Neil Taylor.

This is a rather in-depth interview with plenty of audio samples, so I’ve broken it up into 3 parts.

In part 1 we get into his formative years, he also speaks at length of Allan Holdsworth, Jack Bruce and Gary Moore, and we explore his solo piano recordings.

Part 2 is primarily about his album Dirty and Beautiful volumes 1 and 2 which is a real treat for progressive rock and jazz fusion guitar fans. He speaks at length about John McLaughlin and several of the musicians who appeared on this project: Jan Hammer and Jerry Goodman, and several of the guitarists mentioned above.

Part 3 focuses in on his latest project, the album NOW with Gary on piano and Alex Machecek on electric guitar, and we also discuss his work with the great Billy Cobham.

Gary Husband Interview Part 2

Gary Husband

gary at howardHe’s a world-class drummer and a world-class keyboardist. For those of us who are guitar fans, Gary has literally lived the dream, he’s had a decades long working relationship with the legendary fusion guitarist Allan Holdsworth as his drummer, and for years now he has been touring and recording with the iconic John McLaughlin in his 4th Dimension formation (on keyboards and drums.) The list of guitarists he’s worked with is a veritable who’s who of electric guitar, in addition to Holdsworth and McLaughlin, there’s Wayne Krantz, Jimmy Herring, Mike Stern, Andy Summers, Gary Moore, Ray Russell, Robin Trower, Jeff Beck, Alex Machecek, Steve Hackett, Steve Topping, and Neil Taylor.

This is a rather in-depth interview with plenty of audio samples, so I’ve broken it up into 3 parts.

In part 1 we get into his formative years, he also speaks at length of Allan Holdsworth, Jack Bruce and Gary Moore, and we explore his solo piano recordings.

Part 2 is primarily about his album Dirty and Beautiful volumes 1 and 2 which is a real treat for progressive rock and jazz fusion guitar fans. He speaks at length about John McLaughlin and several of the musicians who appeared on this project: Jan Hammer and Jerry Goodman, and several of the guitarists mentioned above.

Part 3 focuses in on his latest project, the album NOW with Gary on piano and Alex Machecek on electric guitar, and we also discuss his work with the great Billy Cobham.

Gary Husband Interview part 1

Gary Husband

gary at howardHe’s a world-class drummer and a world-class keyboardist. For those of us who are guitar fans, Gary has literally lived the dream, he’s had a decades long working relationship with the legendary fusion guitarist Allan Holdsworth as his drummer, and for years now he has been touring and recording with the iconic John McLaughlin in his 4th Dimension formation (on keyboards and drums.) The list of guitarists he’s worked with is a veritable who’s who of electric guitar, in addition to Holdsworth and McLaughlin, there’s Wayne Krantz, Jimmy Herring, Mike Stern, Andy Summers, Gary Moore, Ray Russell, Robin Trower, Jeff Beck, Alex Machecek, Steve Hackett, Steve Topping, and Neil Taylor.

This is a rather in-depth interview with plenty of audio samples, so I’ve broken it up into 3 parts.

In part 1 we get into his formative years, he also speaks at length of Allan Holdsworth, Jack Bruce and Gary Moore, and we explore his solo piano recordings.

Part 2 is primarily about his album Dirty and Beautiful volumes 1 and 2 which is a real treat for progressive rock and jazz fusion guitar fans. He speaks at length about John McLaughlin and several of the musicians who appeared on this project: Jan Hammer and Jerry Goodman, and several of the guitarists mentioned above.

Part 3 focuses in on his latest project, the album NOW with Gary on piano and Alex Machecek on electric guitar, and we also discuss his work with the great Billy Cobham.

 

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