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September 19, 2007

Interview With Pat Metheny

I just read an interesting interview with Pat Metheny in the Japan Times Online. He talks about the limitations of the guitar and that he only sees the guitar as a means to an end.

"I don't really care about the guitar", he says.

I have the same attitude towards my instrument, I'm not really a guitar freak. Are you?

Here's a link to the interview:

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fm20070914a1.html




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September 15, 2007

Boy Who Started Playing Drums When He Was 2 Years Old

How old were you when you started playing guitar? I started rather late, I was 16 when I bought my first guitar. I was completely uniterested in music until I was about 15 and then some friends started taking music lessons. Sometimes I wonder how my skills on the guitar would be if I had been playing since I was, let's say 5 or 6. The boy in this video started playing drums when he was 2. You can see his musical evolution going from 2 to 11 years old.

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September 14, 2007

Jazz Guitarist Peter Bernstein

While browsing on Youtube I discovered this video of jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein. I had never heard of him before, but I like what he does, very tasteful. Here's him playing a song called Bones at the Ballard Jazz Festival with Eric Alexander on tenor saxophone, Chuck Deardorf on bass and Matt Jorgensen on drums.


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September 11, 2007

Joe Zawinul Dies at the Age of 75

Joe Zawinul, the legendary keyboard player and electric jazz pioneer died Tuesday, September 11 at the age of 75. He had been hospitalized in a Viennese hospital since last month.

Joe Zawinul helped shaping the sound of jazz fusion. He played in Miles Davis' band and appeared on albums like In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew.

In 1970 he formed his own band called Weather Report together with Wayne Shorter and people like (over the years) Miroslav Vitous, Airto Moreira, Jaco Pastorius, Don Alias, Peter Erskine and Victor Bailey. Zawinul scored two world hits with the songs Mercy, mercy, mercyBirdland and . When Weather Report split up, he formed the band The Zawinul Syndicate.

Here is a video of the Weather Report playing Birdland (with Jaco):


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