by Alex Machacek


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A native of Austria, guitarist Alex Machacek's composing style is clearly influenced by Frank Zappa, utilizing similar quirky, unpredictable lines and playing at a virtuoso level. One of Zappa's former sidemen, the phenomenal drummer Terry Bozzio, plays on three tracks, though his work was evidently recorded in advance for Machacek to incorporate into his finished pieces. The opening to the frenetic "Dijon Don" (jointly written by Machacek and Bozzio), suggests "The Black Page" (Zappa's showpiece for Bozzio), though Machacek is evidently responsible for the impressive piano parts as well, while the inserted commentary into the title track by Randy Allar was also a favorite Zappa tool. The leader's wife, vocalist Sumitra Nanjundan, joins him for the exotic "Indian Girl Meets Austrian Boy." The music throughout [Sic] is quite impressive, easily eclipsing most of what passes for instrumental rock or jazz fusion. Highly recommended.

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Release Date: 08/15/2006
Label: Abstract Logix
UPC: 0827912045857
catalogNumber: 2

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[Sic] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great CD, Bozzio sounds fantastic. I didn't know anything about Machacek but he is definitely one to be watched...Highly recommended
Guest More than 1 year ago
An guitar album of high quality, Alex Machacek is a talent who stands out among the world of too many great guitar players. A must have record from Frank Zappa and Allan Holdsworth fans especially