Spotlight: Matthew Stevens

I interviewed Esperanza Spalding guitarist Matthew Stevens for Guitar Player in 2017, after the release of his amazing record, Preverbal. He hadn’t taken it our live often yet, so here are some later videos, as well as a clinic he did in Amsterdam with his band.

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Cairo Knife Fight

The band Cairo Knife Fight is Nick Gaffaney, a drummer from New Zealand, and George Pajon Jr, a Grammy award winning songwriter and guitarist who has worked with The Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, Carlos Santana, Macy Gray, John Legend, and Sting. The duo redefines what two musicians can create live with Gaffaney drumming, playing keyboard bass, live looping, and singing, while Pajon generates live looped soundscapes and riffs. Thanks to Pete Thorn, we get a glimpse of how they do it. Are bands like this and Josh Dion’s Paris Monster the future?

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NEW: EarthQuaker Limited-Edition Black Ash Endangered Fuzz

If you want one of these, act fast. They are sure to go very quickly

Limited to only 1,500 units worldwide, Black Ash is a fuzz/overdrive taking cues from the legendary “three-knob” Tone Bender. It uses a highly curated selection of premium components including paper-in-oil capacitors and half-watt carbon composition resistors from EarthQuaker Devices president Jamie Stillman’s personal collection to deliver an explosive-yet-detailed treble response, a sturdy and articulate midrange, and subterranean bass extension.

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Board To Death: Nels Cline

EarthQuaker Devices corralled Nels for their Board to Death series. He talks about and demonstrates his gear alternating between brilliant playing and hilarious commentary.

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