From November 24, 2006, through January 21, 2007, the National Museum
of Ireland will host an exhibit titled RockChic, The Life and Times of
the Electric Guitar 1931 - 2006. The 1931 Rickenbacker "Frying Pan" (photo) will be one of the guitars on display. Electrics associated with Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix and Rory Gallagher will also be shown. The exhibit will also feature a number of guitars customized by
contemporary artists using the instrument as a visual canvas that will
be later auctioned for the benefit of charities selected by the artists.
I thought this warranted a rare tech-related post. According to the Wall Street Journal, Universal Music has sued MySpace for copyright infringement. This is huge. Before the Google/YouTube deal was announced, Universal threatened both YouTube and MySpace with lawsuits. Universal then signed a licensing agreement with Google/YouTube the day their 1.6 billion dollar deal was announced. My guess is this will end with a similar licensing deal between Universal and MySpace. Otherwise this will be a titanic legal battle. One of Universal's arguments is that MySpace is participating in their users copyright-violations, since they reformat the infringing video's users upload so they can be played back and shared with other users. Very interesting. This is one to keep your eye on. Here are some links:
After 3 studio albums, the German jazz-fusion trio Jazz Pistols have released their first live recording. "Jazz Pistols - live" was recorded in Germany on 2/5/05, and it really shows how dynamic this band can be. Jazz Pistols music ranges from lighter jazz fare to heavy fusion, sometimes within the same song.
Bassist Christopher Victor Kaiser, a Berklee grad, often uses tapping to add chords and double-stops to his parts, making the band sound bigger than just a three-piece. He employs the technique to great effect in this live setting. Guitarist Stephan Ivan Schafer is impressive on the album as well. He knows exactly how to build intensity in his solos, often reaching points where you think he's gonna fly off the rails. His fast-picked runs are always dropped in at just the right spot too.
Songs like "Yellow Fellow" and "Mystic Train" show off the trio's lighter side. These are hip tunes, but the band really shines on the heavier stuff. "Take the brake" is one of the standout tracks of the album. This is a hard driving, odd-time fusion tune, with a great bass solo from Kaiser. "Moby Dick" is another heavier tune where the band sounds great. "Three On The Floor" is impressive as well, with drummer Thomas Lui Ludwig taking a nice solo.
There are three Weather Report covers on the album - "Palladium", "Birdland", and "Teen Town". The Jazz Pistols have recorded studio versions of all three of these songs in the past. Kaiser's bass work on "Palladium" is great. Very nice interplay between the band members on this tune as well. "Birdland" sounds pretty poppy, until Schafer closes it with a wild, unhinged solo. And "Teen Town" is the highlight of the album. This is a great, stretched-out version of the Jaco-penned classic, and Schafer has his best solo on the disc here. He throws in lots of hip lines, some nice sweep patterns, fast alternate-picked runs, the works. He even stomps on the wah-wah pedal at the end. This is the albums "kitchen sink" guitar solo, and it fits the tune perfectly.
Overall, the Jazz Pistols sound very impressive on this recording. This is a tight band that has a great, dynamic live presence.
You lucky dogs in Southern California have a chance to see 2 guitar legends on the same stage, at the same time. The Jazz Ministry (Greg Mathieson - keys, Abe Laboriel, Jr. - drums, Abe Laboriel, Sr. - bass, Michael Landau - guitar) will be playing at the Baked Potato on 11/24 and 11/25, with special guest Robben Ford! If anyone reading this post gets to see this show, please leave a comment and tell us how it went.
Guitarist Alex Machacek will be appearing on the Tony Palkovic Radio Show on KSPC 88.7 in Los Angeles today, 11/7 from 12-2pm Pacific. The show will be rebroadcast on Wed 11/8 from 4-6am. You can listen online from http://www.kspc.org. Alex will be discussing his latest album [SIC].
In other Machacek news, the Out Trio (Terry Bozzio - drums, Doug Lunn - bass, Machacek - guitar) will be playing several shows in Japan in January. The exact dates and venues of these and other upcoming shows are now posted on Machacek's website. There are also plan's to film the Japan shows for a DVD release (!)
Alex also began teaching at GIT in October, and will have an article in next month's Guitar Player magazine on chord voicings.