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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Alex Skolnick Trio Sets Tour Dates


The Alex Skolnick Trio will be on the road this December in support of its fourth album, Veritas.  The Trio includes Matt Zebroski (drums) and Nathan Peck (bass). Veritas reached the Top 10 of the iTunes Jazz chart, nestled between Miles Davis and Esperanza Spalding. To check the tour dates, go to (more…)

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Electro-Harmonix Offers Switchblade+, Analogizer


Electro-Harmonix is offering two new pedals. The Switchblade+ allows a guitarist to switch signal between two amps, two effects chains, or two speaker cabinets. It can also send signal to both destinations at once. It has active LED indication and a dedicated output jack that can be used for a tuner or other pedals. Its audio path […]

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John Scofield and Eddie Henderson

New Morning: The Paris Concert

These two new releases showcase guitarist John Scofield in far different ways. The DVD finds Scofield in a quartet setting and is the perfect vehicle for his skills, displaying chops on cuts like “Ten Taken,” where he navigates changes at a breakneck pace, and (more…)

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Paul Yandell Passes


Guitarist Paul Yandell passed away this morning. He was 76 and had been battling cancer. Yandell grew up in Western Kentucky and was an accomplished guitarist while still in high school. In 1955, he moved to Nashville, where (more…)

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Don Stiernberg with Rusty Holloway and Jeff Jenkins

Swing 220
Blue Night Records

Many musicians play swing, but few swing with the authenticity of Don Stiernberg, with whom the expression “Dig your well deep” comes to mind. On Swing 220, Stiernberg is joined by Jeff Jenkins on guitar and Rusty Holloway on upright bass. For this session, Jenkins uses a (more…)

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Chicago Musical Instrument Show


November 19 & 20, at the Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles, IL. For more info, contact, a Rebeats Production. (more…)

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Freddy Cole

Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B

Asked what younger jazz guitarists stood out to him, in his March ’10 VG interview, George Benson listed Norman Brown, Mark Whitfield, Russell Malone, and “the guitar player who’s playing with Freddy Cole.” He may not have remembered Randy Napoleon’s name, but he called (more…)

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Empty Bottle
End Sounds

From punk to rockabilly – it feels like a perfectly natural progression for Mike Herrera. Part of the 1990s punk trio MxPx, Herrera has stepped back in, with his group Tumbledown. Tumbledown marked its debut with the band’s 2009 disc. Led by Herrera on vocals, guitar, (more…)

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DigiTech Intros DG15R/DG15/DB15


DigiTech’s DG15R and DG15 15-watt combo amps have two channels, controls for Gain, Volume, Treble, Middle and Bass, and a Clean/Overdrive switch. Both have an open-back cabinet. The DB15 15-watt bass amp has controls for Volume, Treble, Middle and Bass, making it easy for players to create their favorite sounds. All use a single 8″ […]

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Duncan Releases Gus G. Fire Blackout Pickups


The Seymour Duncan Gus G. Fire Blackouts pickup system is a matched set of passive humbuckers with a preamp that replaces one of the guitar’s Volume pots, The pickups are hand-made by Seymour Duncan in California, have individual pole pieces, (more…)

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