January 29, 2007

January 13, 2007 - Our World Looses a Great Saxophone Player

After a two and a half year battle with MDS and leukemenia, Michael Brecker, aged 57, passed away on January 13, 2007 in a New York hospital. Michael Brecker was the most influential tenor sax player of the last 25 years. Brecker recorded a final album while being very sick, he managed to finish it the beginning of January.

He will be greatly missed.


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January 8, 2007

Gilbert Isbin : Introduction

Hi, I am Gilbert Isbin, Belgian acoustic fingerstyle jazz guitarist.

I released thus far 16 albums as a solo artist or in collaboration with a.o. Joe Fonda, Cameron Brown, Jeff Gauthier, Scott Walton, Ernst Reijseger, Hugh Hopper, Jatinder Thakur, ...

My initial inspirations were Joe Pass, Ralph Towner, Bill Connors (in his ECM period), John McLaughlin, Lenny Breau, Bill Evans, Paul Bley, Egberto Gismonti but also classical composers like Leo Brouwer, Charles Ives, or folkartists like Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, etc. to name a few.

For more on my musical activites please visit, http://users.pandora.be/gilbert.isbin/contents.html

Some of my compositions have been published by Berben Ediziones Musicales (Italy) and Copa (Belgium) others, a 50 thus far, can be found on Sibelius.com( http://www.sibeliusmusic.com/cgi-bin/user_page.pl?url=gilbert%20isbin)

Into the future I want introduce you to the different aspects of fingerstyle jazz playing, fingerstyle improvising tools, hot fingerstyle licks, interesting chords, doing some interviews, reviewing CDs, ... If you are a fingerstyle jazzplayer and want to be reviewed, contact me.

Look out for a forthcoming interview of mine with S.D. Anderson, a close friend of Lenny Breau and amazing fingerstyle jazz guitarplayer who released the CD 'Remembering the Rain', a solo guitar tribute to Bill Evans. Stephen also wrote 'Visions', a book on Lenny Breau's style. More later.


January 4, 2007

The Jazz Guitar Gazette

I recently started a new jazz guitar newsletter, called The Jazz Guitar Gazette.  It is packed with guitar lessons, jazz licks, chords, cool offers, contests, site updates and answers to all of your questions.  Best of all, it is completely free to join!

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