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A Multi-Colored Piece for Harmonica as Organ

I recorded this improvised piece in my home studio last month. I wanted to try something where the structure of the piece is defined as much by changes in tone as by changes in harmony, and it worked nicely in this case.
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First Impressions of the JamMan Solo XT and JamSync

After two false starts, I finally succeeded in acquiring a working used Digitech JamMan Solo XT looper from Guitar Center. I’ve had it up and running for a few days, and I’m getting used to the differences between the Solo XT and my previously preferred looper, the JamMan Stereo.
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Chris Cacavas/Ed Abbiatti “Me and the Devil” is Released in the USA!

Just picked this up off Ed Abbiati’s Facebook page. The record Ed did last year with Chris Cacavas of Green on Red, “Me and the Devil,” which features yours truly playing harmonica on two tracks, has been released in the USA by Burnside Distribution. Let Ed tell the story…
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Power Adapter Craziness with the Digitech Jamman Solo XT

I wrote a few weeks ago that I was getting set up to test a new looping setup involving a Syncman, a Yamaha drum machine, a Digitech JamMan Solo XT looper, and a JamMan Express XT looper. What travails have ensued since then, you may ask. These.
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“Blue Monk” on the Country-Tuned Harp: It’s All About the Chords

I last recorded Thelonius Monk‘s “Blue Monk” (which Monk originally released in recorded form in 1954) for my solo acoustic CD “The Act of Being Free in One Act” in 1994 as part of a medley that included Jimmy Reed’s “Let it Roll” and “Bright Lights, Big City.” That recording was done on a standard-tuned Lee Oskar G harp played in second position.
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Amp Modelers Really Do Sound Better Through Keyboard Amps

I jammed this weekend with my old friend guitarist Tom Gage. I brought about half of my rig: a Digitech RP500, iStomp running Swing Shift, and JamMan Stereo looper. I didn’t bring my Peavey KB2 keyboard amp because Tom had a Fender Deluxe Reverb available for my use, and I wanted to hear my rig coming through that amp. I’m glad I did, not because it sounded great, but because I know now that it doesn’t.
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Power Surges and Amp Modelers Don’t Mix Well

I own two Digitech RP500s, and it’s a good thing, because one of them might be about to die. The cause of death–if indeed it’s inmminent–is a power surge.
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Looping Setups Old and New and a Couple of New Loop Jams

I decided in the last couple of days to buy some new gear for looping. The main idea with this gear is to sync everything to everything: loopers to each other, loopers to drum machines, drum machines to sequencers–you name it, I want it synced up.
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Hot Jams at Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues

I was in London Sunday through Tuesday at Gartner’s Project Portfolio Management and IT Governance Conference, and as usual I made a point to get to either the Sunday or Monday jam session at Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues. The Monday night jam in particular, which is run by blues master guitarist Davide Mazzantini, attracts a lot of great players. I had something to do on Sunday, so I went to the Monday jam. It turned out to be a good bet.
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Playing the Regionals for the Inc. Magazine Battle of the Corporate Bands

I was contacted earlier this year by Mike Corso, who like me works at Gartner, Inc. to ask me if I’d like to play with a (mostly) Gartner employee band in the Inc. Magazine Battle of the Corporate Bands. Mike, who is a frontman in the mold of Peter Wolf–I actually like his voice better than Wolf’s–also recruited Ira Langstein to play guitar, Steve Danyko for drums, and fellow Gartnerite Bill Burkhardt for bass. We played the regional semifinal competition in Washington DC today (May 30, 2015), and we’re one of two bands from this regional competition (the other is Detached Retina) going through to the finals on September 12 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

So I’m going to play the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cool.
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