Can't say enough about my good friend and teacher John DeFaria, John not only taught me guitar he also taught me about how to copy tones from my favorite recordings and players.
John has contributed to the multi-platinum success of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, collaborating with producers such as Phil Ramone, George Duke, Maurice White, David Foster, touring with Kenny Loggins, Bob James, Kitaro and Jon Anderson of Yes.
John has recorded on numerous scores such as “Holes”, James Cameron’s “Ghosts of the Abyss”, “Uptown Girls”and “A Lot like Love”.Top commercials for Direct TV and Subaru and Television shows for Lifetime, Discovery Channel, PBS, Warner Brothers and The Oprah Winfrey Show. To check out John's smokin' gear and studio. Click on link for more.........
Chet Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001) was an influential guitarist and record producer. Without Chet Atkins, country music may never have crossed over into the pop charts in the '50s and '60s. Although he has recorded hundreds of solo records, Chet Atkins' largest influence came as a session musician and a record producer. During the '50s and '60s, he helped create the Nashville sound, a style of country music that owed nearly as much to pop as it did to honky tonks.
Chet Atkins made his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry in 1946. That same year, he made his first records, recording for Bullet. Upon receiving the call from RCA, he moved to Nashville to record. Once he arrived in Nashville, Chet recorded eight tracks for the label, five of which featured the guitarist singing. Impressed by his playing, Sholes made Atkins the studio guitarist for all of RCA studio's Nashville sessions in 1949. Steve Sholes left for New York in 1957 to act as head of pop A&R, leaving Atkins as the manager of RCA's Nashville division.
Chet Atkins had his first Top 5 hit in 1965 with a reworking of Boots Randolph's "Yakety Sax," retitled "Yakety Axe;" in addition to being a sizable country hit, the song crossed over to the pop charts. Chet Atkins produced hits for the majority of RCA's Nashville acts, including Elvis Presley and Eddy Arnold, and discovered a wealth of talent, including Don Gibson, Waylon Jennings, Floyd Cramer, Charley Pride, Bobby Bare, and Connie Smith. Because of his consistent track record, Atkins was promoted to vice-president of RCA's country division when Steve Sholes died in 1968.
In 1982, he left the RCA label and signed with Columbia, releasing his first album for the label, Work It Out With Chet Atkins, in 1983. Chet Atkins earned numerous awards, including 11 Grammy awards and nine CMA "Instrumentalist of the Year" honors, as well as "Lifetime Achievement Award" from NARAS.
Even though Chet Atkin's is no longer with us, his music and solo will always be!
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Legendary Guitarist Steve Khan became a key member of the Brecker Brothers Band. The Brecker Brothers are of course the incredibly talented duo of Saxophone/EWI Legend Michael Brecker, and Trumpet/Flugelhorn Legend, Randy Brecker.
Steve’s first recordings as a leader were a trio of well-received albums for Columbia Records titled: "TIGHTROPE", "THE BLUE MAN" and, "ARROWS." These recordings featured Michael and Randy Brecker, David Sanborn, Don Grolnick, Will Lee, Steve Gadd, as well as Mike Mainieri and Rick Marotta.
Even though Steve has appeared on countless recordings, he is a Master of it all! His work on his Solo Projects really well represents all of his influences and creative expressions. Here are some of Steve’s most recent works and my impressions.
On Steve’s “GOT MY MENTAL”('94) CD. Steve incorporates bebop, Latin, and straightahead Jazz. Steve adds what I call "colors" to each composition to keep the interest of the listener. This is the first of three recordings which featured the rhythm tandem of John Patitucci(Ac. Bass) and Jack DeJohnette(Drums)
On Steve’s "YOU ARE HERE”('98) CD is co-leader project with the brilliant keyboard artist, Rob Mounsey. On this one, Steve plays all Acoustic guitars. He uses rich tones and colors on each composition. Rob adds complex layered textures, and Latin percussion legend, Marc Quiñones brings his sense of the rhythms from the great Afro-Cuban tradition. Different Rhythms for different cultures!!
On Steve’s "THE GREEN FIELD"('05) CD. Steve incorporates more straightahead Jazz with Precision and a blues guitar tones. He also adds different colors for each composition. Again, he is joined by John Patitucci(Ac. Bass) and Jack DeJohnette(Drums) with the return of longtime Eyewitness collaborator, Manolo Badrena(Perc. & Voice).
On Steve’s "BORROWED TIME"('07) CD. Steve chooses to again interpret the compositions of Keyboard Legends Thelonious Monk and McCoy Tyner, plus Sax Legend Ornette Coleman. He also brings us his father, Sammy Cahn's obscure but beautiful ballad, "You're My Girl." The recording is, yet again, graced by the presence of John Patitucci; Jack DeJohnette; Manolo Badrena; Randy Brecker; Bob Mintzer; and tabla great, Badal Roy.
On Steve’s Latest Release "THE SUITCASE" which is a double live CD set. Steve is giving it up! He incorporates Fusion, Bebop, Straightahead Jazz and even Rock. Here, he holds nothing back and uses different effects for varied colors, while transforming pristine clean tones to aggressive overdrive on "What I'm Said". Steve is constantly engaged in a dialog with other-worldly riffs from Anthony Jackson while both are propelled by the super-human efforts of Dennis Chambers. This may well be the greatest recording for all three of these players!!! AllAboutJazz.com just listed "THE SUITCASE" as one of the 10 best recordings released in 2008!!!
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Good Friend and Hall of Famer Reggie Young started his musical journey in Memphis, Tennessee back in the 50's as a member of Eddie Bond and the Stompers, a rock-a-billy band that toured with Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Roy Orbison.
Reggie moved to Nashville in 1972 and was first call session guitarist into the 90's. He has recorded with virtually everyone in Nashville. You may remember Dobie Gray's "Drift Away," Willie Nelson's "Always on my Mind," and Waylon Jennings' "Luckenbach Texas." He has played on hits for Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire , Jimmy Buffet, JJ Cale, Lefty Frizzell, Delbert McClinton, Kenny Rogers, Hank Williams Jr., George Strait, Aaron Neville, Joe Cocker, and just too many others to list
In 2007 Reggie was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville as well as being honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008 for being a "Nashville Cat".
Recently Reggie has joined with his wife Jenny, to create an acoustic CD of soulful arrangements of meditative music. Check out clips http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rjlyoung
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Once my good friend and teacher John DeFeria career took off, I went to Berklee in Boston,MA. I left Berklee to study with esteemed University of Miami professor Randall Dollahon
“The Professor” taught me voice leading, reading, ear training, rhythm guitar and lead guitar, as well as the basics of preparing for playing in live and session situations.
University of Miami professor Randall Dollahon
Associate Professor (Jazz Guitar), received a B.A. degree from the University of Houston and a B.M. degree from the University of Miami. In addition to directing the University of Miami's Jazz Guitar Program since 1977, he has played concerts, toured, and/or recorded with Burt Bacharach, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Placido Domingo, Bob James, Dave Liebman, Steve Morse, Jaco Pastorius, Ira Sullivan, Toots Thielemans, Stanley Turrentine, Edgar Winter, and many other jazz, country, rock, and Latin artists and groups.
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Steve Vai first stepped into the spotlight in 1980 as a guitarist in Frank Zappa's band. But Vai's indelible contribution to music came during his solo career, which includes combined sales of nearly six million albums. His debut - "Flex-Able" (1984, self-released) – set the stage for Vai's most influential and best-selling album – "Passion and Warfare" (1990, Relativity). The album expanded the lexicon of rock guitar and ushered in an era of guitar virtuosos in the early '90s.
Not only did Vai's music have a huge on influence contemporary hard rock, so did his guitar. In 1987, Vai helped guitar-maker Ibanez design the JEM, and then in 1989, the Universe 7-String guitar, which provided the low-end rumble many guitarists were craving.
In addition to his influence on musical inspiration and innovation, Vai began branching out into the business of music by launching his own record label – Favored Nations. The label struck Grammy gold in 2002 for best pop instrumental album for "No Substitutions" by Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather.
Recent projects and solo CD’s Steve has been working on are: Eros
Ramazzotti: "e2", "Sound Theories Vol. I & II",Sound Theories Autographed Pack,Flexable Bundle, Real Illusions: Reflections, Live at the Astoria London DVD, G3: Live in Denver DVD.
What can say about Jay Graydon. He has done so much for me, Thanks aren't enough.
Between the late 60s and the late 70s Jay played on practically every "A" list session in Los Angeles, acquiring a glowing reputation as an ace studio guitarist/ solo specialist on numerous albums with Barbara Streisand, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, The Jackson Five, Cheap Trick, Christopher Cross, Ray Charles, Cher, Joe Cocker, Marvin Gaye, Hall & Oates, Olivia Newton-John, and Albert King just to name a few.
you will find everything about this twice Grammy awarded (Best R&B songs) and 12 times Grammy nominated (among the top 5 finalists) Los Angeles top songwriter, recording artist, guitarist, producer, engineer, and more. To check out Jay's killer gear, studio, CD's and happening projects.
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Larry Carlton's own musical story began in Southern California. He picked up his first guitar when he was only six years old. He was introduced to jazz in junior high school after hearing The Gerald Wilson Big Band album, Moment of Truth, with guitarist Joe Pass. Larry then became interested in Barney Kessel, Wes Montgornery and the legendary blues guitarist B.B. King. Saxophonist John Coltrane was also a major influence on Carlton, beginning with Coltrane's 1962 classic Ballads.
Recent projects are: Larry Carlton volume 1. Larry tells all about this in his site under music, NEW! Larry Carlton & the Sapphire Blues Band DVD. Can check out this on Larry's site under store.. For more on my friend Larry Carlton click on link...........
Larry Coryell is one of the world's acknowledged guitar masters. He has recorded more than 75 albums over the past 40 years as a bandleader, soloist and 'featured accompanist'. Hailed by his legion of fans as one of "the guitar gods" in the late 1970s and as a "truly Renaissance musician who excels at all styles of playing", he has also been christened as "a true pioneer of rock-jazz fusion" by the New York Times, and dubbed "the Godfather of Fusion" by Dan Ouellette of Down Beat Magazine.
After developing the first incarnation of his virtuoso technique Larry played his "first big time job" with Killer Joe Piro. National recognition then came during his tenure with the Gary Burton Quartet in 1967. The late 60s thru early 70s saw Larry as one of the most in-demand guitarists in Rock, Jazz and all musical genres.
During that time Larry was part of Rock's experimentation, and toured with Jack Bruce, and was featured in sessions with Jimmy Webb, the 5th Dimension, Charles Mingus, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea and John McLaughlin. In 1974 Larry formed The 11th House , the most popular and successful Fusion band of its time, which included his friend and colleague Randy Brecker. After The 11th House disbanded, Larry was signed by Clive Davis for Arista Records, where he made a series of solo albums, followed by a direct-to-disc recording with the Brecker Brothers.
The most recent recordings Larry has done are available on Chesky Records (“Impressions”, “Traffic“ & “Electric“), Rhombus Records (“Laid Back & Blues” ), HighNote ("Cedars Of Avalon"), and Favored Nations("Tricycles") . For more about Larry, Clips of his CD's and Video's.
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Brent Mason is one of the most recored guitarists in history, playing on albums by Alan Jackson, Alabama, Josh Turner, The Chipmunks, David Gates, Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, Neil Diamond, Rascall Flatts, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Randy Travis, Travis Tritt, Lorrie Morgan, Clint Black, Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, Shelby Lynn, Tanya Tucker, Keith Whitley, Natalie Cole, Trace Atkins, Terri Clark, Shainia Twain, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, The Judds, LeeAnn Womack, Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood and many, many others. His discography reads like a Who's Who in the music business. Although Harold Bradley is commonly given the title of the most recorded guitarist in history, Brent Mason has more than doubled Mr. Bradley's 50 years of recording credits in a mere 22 years since his first professional recording session on Chet Atkin's album, "Stay Tuned" in 1985.
Brent's first studio recording was with Chet Atkins on Chet's album,"Stay Tuned." Twelve years later Chet did Brent the honor of joining him on Brent's album "Hot Wired" playing the beautiful solo and fills on the song "My Little Ballerina." Chet confided to Brent shortly before his death in 2001 that "My Little Ballerina" was his LAST recorded work.
Brent RELEASED HIS INSTRUMENTAL DEBUT ALBUM "Hot Wired" on Mercury Records in 1997, which was nominated for a Grammy Award. He released a best-selling instructional video through Hot Licks Productions in 1996 "BRENT MASON - NASHVILLE CHOPS AND WESTERN SWING GUITAR" which is now available on dvd through MusicSales.com and in 2006 an instructional computer software through PG Music called "BRENT MASON - GUITAR STAR.
IN 2006 A MUSICIAN'S HALL OF FAME museum dedicated to honoring and recognizing the most prolific and historically significant musicians of all genres in the world was erected in Nashville, which has a special section about Brent.
Brent has also released a new CD called "Smokin' Section" which stars Brent and his brother, Randy. IT IS NOW AVAILABLE ON CD BABY. http://cdbaby.com/cd/masonbrent
It features swing/jazz and blues. It also features vocals on four songs.
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Another guitarist who inspired me with his feel, touch, tones and improvisation is Legendary Guitarist Dennis Budimir and Wrecking Crew member which included fellow guitarist’s (Glen Campbell, Barney Kessel, Tommy Tedesco, Al Casey, Carol Kaye, Billy Strange, Rene Hall, Don Peake, Howard Roberts, James Burton, Jerry Cole, Bill Aken, Mike Deasy, Doug Bartenfeld, Ray Pohlman, Bill Pitman, Irv Rubins and Louie Shelton.)
Dennis Budimir has also worked with Chico Hamilton, Eric Dolphy, Bud Shank, Quincy Jones, Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Julie London, Herbie Hancock,Harry Nilsson, Ravi Shankar, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Ringo Starr just to name a few!
Dennis Budimir has hundreds of film credits which would include:
City Slickers, All The President.s Men, M*A*S*H, High Plains Drifter, Body
Heat, Airport, Caddy Shack, Silent Movie, North Dallas Forty, Ordinary
People, Saturday Night Fever, Norma Rae, Sugarland Express Just to name a few!
Dennis Budimir played on more films than most people see in a lifetime. His TV, record date, and commercial performances are equally as impressive and comprehensive. Suffice it to say that Dennis Budimir is one of the most often-heard instrumentalists in the world!
Dennis Budimir takes you on an incredible musical journey on his latest solo release The Soul Of Dennis Budimir that is played with a tremendous amount of emotion and true jazz feeling on some of the greatest pieces of music ever written!
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I was turned on to Michael Brecker's music in the 70's. Growing up on Rock & Roll my guitar teacher told me that we had to open my ears. My teacher told me to check out a recording called Heavy Metal Be-Bop by the Brecker Brothers. I went out with little money I had at the time and bought the Record. These were the days that 38 records were still the thing! Once I played the record I was floored on this type of music called fusion. I have been hooked ever since. Michael Brecker's feel, phrasing, tones, and stretching the Saxophone to new boundaries by using electronics with a saxophone such as Flangers, Harmonizers, syths was also amazing to me! Michael Brecker also invented the sax syth and that instrument has become Legendary! To me Michael Brecker will always be the Jimi Hendrix of the Saxophone. Here is more on Legendary Saxophonist Michael Brecker..
Legendary Saxophonist Michael Brecker (March 29, 1949 – January 13, 2007) was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Michael Brecker is widely regarded as the most influential tenor saxophonist since John Coltrane," Michael Brecker has been awarded 15 Grammy Awards as both performer and composer and was inducted into Down Beat's Jazz Hall of Fame in 2007.
Michael Brecker was exposed to jazz at an early age by his father, an amateur jazz pianist.
Michael Brecker began studying clarinet, then moved to alto saxophone in school, eventually settling on the tenor saxophone as his primary instrument. He graduated from Cheltenham High School in 1967 and after only a year at Indiana University, Michael Brecker moved to New York City in 1969 where he carved out a niche for himself as a dynamic and exciting jazz soloist.
Michael Brecker first made his mark at age 21 as a member of the jazz/rock band Dreams—a band that included his older brother Randy Brecker on trumpet, trombonist Barry Rogers, drummer Billy Cobham, Jeff Kent and Doug Lubahn. Dreams was short-lived, lasting only a year, but influential (Miles Davis was seen at some gigs prior to his recording "Jack Johnson").
Michael Brecker performed with bands which spanned from mainstream jazz to mainstream rock. Michael Brecker has appeared on over 700 albums with such artist as: James Taylor, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Lou Reed, Donald Fagen, Dire Straits, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Aerosmith, Dan Fogelberg, Frank Sinatra, Frank Zappa, Bruce Springsteen, Parliament-Funkadelic, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Chet Baker, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius, McCoy Tyner, Pat Metheny, Elvin Jones, and Claus Ogerman just to name a few.....
On February 11, 2007, Michael Brecker was awarded two posthumous Grammy awards for his involvement on his brother Randy's 2005 album Some Skunk Funk. On May 22, 2007, Michael Brecker's final recording, Pilgrimage, was released receiving a good critical response. It was recorded in August 2006 with Pat Metheny on guitar, John Patitucci on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums and Herbie Hancock and Brad Mehldau on piano.
Michael Brecker was critically ill when it was recorded but the other musicians involved praised the standard of his musicianship. Michael Brecker was again posthumously nominated and subsequently awarded two additional Grammy Awards for this album in the categories of Best Jazz Instrumental Solo and Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group, bringing his Grammy total to 15.
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Galina Vale is another one of my favorite guitarist. She plays with amazing feel, heart and fire on the Classical and Spanish guitar! Here is more about master guitarist Galina Vale.
Guitarist Galina Vale was born in the Ukraine and comes from a family of musicians.
She began studying the guitar and made her first public appearance on state television at the age of eight, from twelve she was performing major guitar concertos with the Kharkov Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.
From the age of 15 she was employed as a principal guitarist with the Kharkov State Philharmonia and and started her career as a concert performer. Graduated from Moscow State Gnesins Music College and undertook a professional performance course at Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, UK).
Galina has won prizes at international guitar and music competitions in Poland, Italy, Hungary, Spain, Thailand and the United Kingdom, and has performed over 2000 concerts across west and eastern Europe, USA, central America, Africa and Asia .
Her recitals include very technically works, such as the arrangement by Japanese virtuoso guitarist Kazuhito Yamashita of "The Bogatyr Gate of Kiev" (from "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Mussorgsky), considered "impossible for guitar" (Goniezc Pomorsky) and Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody no.2" alongside her own arrangements of works like Rachmaninov's "Prelude no.5 in G-minor" and "Hungarian Dance no.5" by Brahms…
Her repertoire has ranged from 'orthodox' classical guitar (Sor, Mertz, Tarrega, Villa-Lobos), music from the renaissance and baroque (Galilei, Bach, Dowland, Scarlatti) through arrangements of classical instrumental,orchestral works and opera (Liszt, Paganini, Sarasate, de Falla, Gimenez, Bizet, Rossini...) the modern guitar (Walton, Dyens, Rak...), flamenco (Escudero, Sabicas, Paco de Lucia...), arrangements of South American and East European folk music (Cardoso, Ramirez, Tirao, Shevchenko...), to jazz and fusion genres.
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Legendary guitarist Mike Miller is a guitarist known for playing various styles of music including jazz fusion, rock, pop and more. He has been a member of bands including Chick Corea, Bette Midler, Yellowjackets, Gino Vanelli, Chad Wackerman, Vinnie Colaiuta, Quincy Jones, Brand X, and Burton Cummings.
Legendary guitarist Mike Miller is also credited with performing in film scores for former Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh and in the Frank Zappa alumni band Banned From Utopia.
Mike Miller has also released two albums under his own name in "Save The Moon" (1997) and "World Goes Round" (2008)
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Good friend Carl Verheyen is L.A’s first call studio guitarists. He has played on over 200 different television shows as far back as “Happy Days” and “Laverne and Shirley” and including “Cheers”, “Suddenly Susan” and “L.A. Law.” Soon Carl’s CD collection became full of the movie soundtracks he was doing like “Stand and Deliver,” “Moscow on the Hudson,” “L.A. Story,” “Dusk ‘til Dawn,” “Mr. Wrong” and the soundtrack Oscar winner “The Milagro Beanfield Wars.” Most recently Carl was a featured soloist on “Ratatouille” and many episodes of “Lost,” “Scrubs” and “Samantha Who?” Due to the anonymous nature of studio work, not a day goes by when you don’t hear Carl on one thing or another: in the movie theaters, on TV, or over the radio.
Carl has presently been working on the new Star Trek movie, due out in summer of 09. Carl is also working heavy on his solo career work 24 / 7. Check out Carl's 10 CD’s and clips on Carl's site.
Carl's most recent release THE ROAD DIVIDES Double-Live CD ~ CARL VERHEYEN BAND available September 1..
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Each Week One Song From Chris Nashvillerocker DiMella Solo Album Diesel Boy Blues Played In Its Entirety! This Week is Vincenzo!
May 14, 2013
This week Vincenzo is played in its Entirety! Click on music and Vincenzo enjoy. http://nashvillerocker.com/music
Thanks so much and have an excellent week!
Chris Nashvillerocker DiMella
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