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Tony Levin Interview – New Album From LEVIN MINNEMANN RUDESS: “From the Law Offices of Levin Minnemann Rudess”

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Tony Levin Interview – New Album From LEVIN MINNEMANN RUDESS: “From the Law Offices of Levin Minnemann Rudess”

Article by Eric Larson, © Copyright 2016 FretlessBass.com

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It was an honor to catch up recently with Tony Levin, the legendary bassist, who is an extremely busy man. Tony was the first bassist to answer our “Fretless Questions” many, many years ago, and has always been very approachable and friendly to FretlessBass.com. We can’t thank him enough for taking the time to tell us about the new album from LEVIN MINNEMANN RUDESS: From the Law Offices of Levin Minnemann Rudess.

FB: I’ve been listening to the new album from LEVIN MINNEMANN RUDESS: “From the Law Offices of Levin Minnemann Rudess” which was released July 15, 2016. I am very impressed! Much thanks for letting me listen to it pre-release.

How does the writing and recording of this album compare to the last album?

Tony Levin: We took a lot more time on this album, for the writing process. Partly because we were all on the road much of 2015, with various tours. Also, we’d got a sense on the first album of how the other players would react to the pieces, and so, at least in my case, …continue reading »

Joseph Patrick Moore – The RockTronix Interview

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Joseph Patrick Moore – The RockTronix Interview
Article by Eric Larson, © Copyright 2015 FretlessBass.com

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We first contacted Blue Canoe Records ten years ago, and in 2007 bassist and label founder Joseph Patrick Moore was gracious enough to participate in our “Fretless Questions interview”. Moore’s musical journey started at the early age of seven, when he studied the alto saxophone, followed by drums in his school marching band. But during his sophomore year in high school the electric bass took hold of him and has held it’s grip ever since. Moore attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a concentration on electric and double bass, majoring in classical studies and jazz performance, and then transferred to The University of Memphis. By 2003 Moore founded Blue Canoe Records where he continues his career as professional musician and label owner.

After many different solo albums and collaborations over the years, in September of 2014 Moore released the rock ensemble known as The RockTronix, featuring Wayne Viar on drums, Chris Blackwell on guitar, and JPM himself on bass. Though this is primarily a rock album, it has a nice variety of styles represented, making it a very interesting album, giving the listener many different experiences and variations in a solid group effort. From driving hard rock, to reggae, to blues, to funk, to flat out jams, there is something for everyone on this album. Amazing solos from every band member throughout make this an album to play loud, over and over again. …continue reading »

Mark Egan Interview – “About Now” Album, Tour, and More – Part 2

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Mark Egan Interview – About Now Album, Tour, and More – Part 2
Article by Eric Larson, © Copyright 2015 FretlessBass.com

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I recently interviewed Mark Egan, focusing on his latest solo album About Now, and also covering some new projects that he is working on. This particular project was released in the spring of 2014, and features long time collaborators Danny Gottlieb on drums and Mitchel Forman on keyboards.

This is Part 2 of the interview where we focus more on the songwriting process itself. …continue reading »

Mark Egan Interview – “About Now” Album, Tour, and More – Part 1

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Mark Egan Interview – About Now Album, Tour, and More – Part 1
Article by Eric Larson, © Copyright 2014 FretlessBass.com

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I recently interviewed Mark Egan, focusing on his latest solo album About Now, and also covering some new projects that he is working on. This particular project was released in the spring of 2014, and features long time collaborators Danny Gottlieb on drums and Mitchel Forman on keyboards.

Mark Egan is a bass guitar veteran and a hugely accomplished and influential fretless bass player. His career spans more than forty years. In addition to solo albums, he has worked with many different artists and groups (the Pat Metheny Group, Sting, Arcadia, Roger Daltry, Joan Osborne, the Gil Evans Orchestra, Marianne Faithful, David Sanborn, John McGlaughlin and Sophie B. Hawkins, just to name a few), and has a list of accomplishments a mile long, including television and movie credits, and platinum and gold records.

Egan has been touring and supporting the About Now album for a good portion of 2014 …continue reading »

Mark Egan – On Recording “As We Speak”

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Mark Egan – On recording his newly released CD entitled As We Speak

 

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I have just finished recording a trio CD with drummer Danny Gottlieb and guitarist John Abercrombie. The session was at my studio, Electric Fields in Warwick, NY. The compositions were mostly written in the last few months specifically for these players. I’m a long time admirer of John Abercrombie’s guitar playing from all the ECM recordings and from touring opposite his group while with the Pat Metheny Group. Danny and I are longtime friends and have played together in various groups for over thirty years.
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Michael Manring – On Recording With Michael Hedges Aerial Boundaries

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Michael Manring – On Recording with Michael Hedges on his album Aerial Boundaries

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I’ve been lucky in my career to have been asked to play on lots of recordings — over 200 at last count. One of the ones I get asked about the most is Michael Hedges’ Aerial Boundaries. Michael was one of those rare musicians who changed everything for his instrument. His creativity and vision led him to experiment with expanding the expressive scope of the acoustic guitar through extended tunings, percussive effects, two-hand tapping and new ways to amplify the instrument that allowed for a greater dynamic range. All these techniques and ideas are considered a standard part of the vocabulary today, but they started with Michael and the record of his that people seem to have been most touched by is Aerial Boundaries.
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