Fender Jazzmaster’s 60th Anniversary

In honor of this iconic guitar’s 60th Anniversary and considering it is a fave model of modern guitarists, I though I would repost this. I have replaced the video links that have been removed since  the original. Also, when I originally reviewed the J. Mascis model for Guitar Moderne, I sent it back even though I really wanted it. I have just rectified that mistake.

October 2016

Fittingly for Halloween, we thought we would tell the tale of a guitar that rose from the dead. Here then, is a brief history of the birth, death and revivification of a guitar model.

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Big Ears Festival 2018

This was my first time attending the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee, but it won’t be the last. I was initially drawn to the possibility of seeing Stian Westerhus live, but unfortunately, though originally announced, he was unable to participate. I decided to go anyway, excited to see Nels Cline with Jenny Scheinman’s Mischief and Mayhem, Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. My wife Liz and I had been talking about visiting Knoxville for a long time, so the stars seemed to align.

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Modern Guitar Supergroup: Nels Cline and Julian Lage

I was lucky enough to see the first time Cline and Lage performed together. It was in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge for a celebration of Downtown Music Gallery’s 21rst Anniversary

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Since then they have toured and recorded together as a duo. Now, for his second record on Blue Note, Cline is featuring a quartet with Lage as the other guitarist. It will be released April 13th. Here is a teaser:

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Guitar Moderne Record Picks XI

I am trying desperately to catch up with all the terrific music being brought to my attention. Here is a wide spectrum of interesting modern guitar, including a pair of solo recordings from Bill Frisell: one new and one you may have overlooked—I had.

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