me interviewing the great Avi Bortnick. Avi co-composed a lot of the songs on the Uberjam songs. He's the man behind all the hip beats/ sounds. Most innovative guitar player/ sound sculptor since the Edge?!
Here are some pics from the rehearsal of the Uberjamband. I had the privilege to be there. Earlier that week John and I had emailed about a possible interview and he suggested to hook up with Avi since we had done quite a long interview earlier this year. Besides, Avi had far more interesting 'tech-stuff'. Of course I wanted to interview Avi because he's one of the most interesting and innovative sound-scultors on guitar around. I will post the interview later this week after some editing. Some great stuff there. Avi showed me all his gear and an in depth look on his use of Ableton live and MIDI-guitar software.
Uberjamband Deux rehearsal: John Scofield, Louis Cato, Andy Hess and Avi Bortnick.
Watching the rehearsal was quite interesting. Because of all the Tech stuff going on it was extremely important to have a great stage sound. If you have to play along to rhythm samples you want to be spot on. Louis Cato sang I don't need no doctor so they had to check that too. All of a sudden they played Hey Joe by Hendrix and Sco played a great wha-based rock solo.
After they had finished Sco started to play some jazz-lines and Louis immediately started to play with John. The played an amazing version of Four . It was just guitar and drums and they were swinging their ass off. Then Louis took the microphone and started singing the baseline while continuing to play the drums. Then John started playing the chords and started scatting! Man that was such a great experience! This was before the interview and the amazing performance of the Überjam Deux band at the BIM huis in Amsterdam.
Here is one of several tracks from Studio Jams Episode #55, taped "On The Road" at Dream Studios in Los Angeles, CA (USA). It features guitarist Dean Brown, bassist Jimmy Haslip, drummer Frank Briggs and Philippe Saisse on keyboards. For more on the series, go to www.StudioJams.com.
Frank Gambale may not be a household name in the traditional sense but for those of us that have been paying attention, you don't have to look very far to find Frank's name being thrown around within the world of Guitar, Jazz or Guitar Instruction. In fact, he's been an important "player" in the world of guitar dating back to the early 80's. Back in the 80's, Frank released several solo efforts as well as his first instructional video, Monster Licks and Speed Picking, to much critical praise. As a GIT graduate, Frank also spent some time teaching at his alma mater. Frank's instructional technique truly excited players in revolutionary ways. In the later part of the 80's, Frank joined forces with Steve Smith (of Journey fame) in Vital Informationand also worked with Mike Varney's label on a unique project featuring him, Brett Garsed and Shawn Lane.
Clearly, Frank has kept himself quite busy and now as we fast forward to 2011, we find Frank out on the road touring with Chick Corea's Return to Forever and doing what he does, so very well. Currently on tour, be sure to visit Franks' site for more information. So now, let us catch up with Frank - he's been busy we know but what's he been up to recently. Frank takes the time to answer our 10 Question segment...
Guitar.com:Hey Frank, thanks for taking the time to chat with us. What is your daily practice routine?
Frank Gambale: When I was younger my routine was rigorous. I remember at least two times in my life when I was practicing 12 hours a day for years at a time. I was absorbing as much as I could. I was copying songs from records. I was into learning all the parts including the keyboard voicings, the horn parts, the vocal harmonies….as well as the guitar parts…I was really interested in how all the parts fit together. These days, with a lot less time to spare I find myself focusing on things that I need or music that I have to learn for a show….or writing my own new music. I think it’s important to think about what you want to achieve if you have an hour to practice. Take 10 minutes and think “what do I play on an E7#9 chord or I want to learn the chords and melody to Passages”. Then off you go, you have a mission and a timeline! I work well with deadlines.
Guitar.com: What is your process for writing tunes?