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.)
Canadian guitarist John Kelman is an accomplished music writer, and also the Managing Editor of All About Jazz, the Internet’s most popular jazz website. When he was 11 years old and taking guitar lessons in Ottawa, John’s instructor encouraged him to go to a local coffee shop to see the guitarist Lenny Breau perform. It was a decision that would come to have a deep impact on his musical development.
Several more times over the years John saw him live, and on one occassion his guitar instructor, who knew Lenny, actually introduced him to Lenny Breau before a show.
On this episode I speak with all three guitarists from The Ringers: Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz, & Michael Landau, plus their fantastic drummer, Keith Carlock. The band brings together five extraordinary musicians, world class players who collectively have recorded and toured with many of the best known and most respected artists on the planet. Steely Dan, Michael Jackson, Bonnie Raitt, Seal, Sting, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, James Taylor, the Allman Brothers Band and m.m.
These are musicians’ musicians, guys who put the music first, and who want to have fun on stage playing to people who love music. They are about to embark on their first tour which will begin on Feb. 19th in Athens, Georgia –get the lastest tour dates here. It is a rare treat to see three of the most gifted guitarists on the planet together on stage in the same band, backed up by an equally talented drummer and bassist. If you’re on the East Coast, you don’t want to miss this!!!
Jimmy Herring is one of the world’s premier progressive rock guitarists. In this wide-ranging one hour interview he shares his thoughts on music and his musical influences — from John Scofield, Jimmy Smith, and chicken pickers, to his favorite Howlin’ Wolf song, and lots more.
In 2012 I spoke with Jimmy again to catch up and get some background about the recording of his great CD Subject to Change Without Notice — for example, he shared his thoughts about the musicianship of his son (who played cello on the CD), and the artistry of his daughter (who painted the cover art.)