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24 Tales

Alex Machacek

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Album Review

Unusual in concept and execution, this joint project between multi-instrumentalist Alex Machacek and drummer Marco Minnemann crosses over many boundaries of jazz fusion as well as production techniques. Minnemann recorded a single continuous drum track over which Machacek then dubbed guitar, keyboards, and other instruments. The result is a continuous music made up of many snippets of thought and sound projection, some song styles, improvisation, and solos on occasion. While the music is complex, minimalist, or even kinetic, it is far from tame or commonplace. Primarily an electric guitarist, Machacek is capable of some amazing sounds whether he approaches rock or jazz fusion, even minimalism or looped-type techniques. His musical portrait of the "Tour de France" encompasses the gamut of emotions a cyclist can experience during the three-week race, while "At the Club" is both comical and busy, with help from trombonist Martin Ptak. There are maddeningly kinetic moments, down-in-the-dumps blues, mysterious elements, and Machacek's acoustic piano on occasion. Minnemann's drumming can be sparse or full of girth, but more up and down as energy surges and disperses. While some might find this lacking in cohesion and true communality, there's a good spirit present, listenable and tuneful in spots, and inspired for many others. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Customer Reviews

A Breath of Fresh Air

This album breathes new life into experimental jazz! Buy this. you wants this.....


Experimental in the very best sense of the word! Impeccable playing and fascinating rhythmic permutations. Conjured memories of Zappa among others, but highly unique.

Different, welcome, a bit limited.

I have enjoyed this album a lot. It is certainly not what you're used to getting in a typical artist compilation. Machacek has very interesting chops on more instruments than electric guitar. Steve Vai resonates in 16th and 32nd note permutations that create the "tales'" melodies. Minnememan, as expected, has interesting and diverse drum chops for Machacek to lay his chops over.
A fault to this album is the synonymity of the tracks. They sound unique but nonetheless jumbled by the cacophony which they are composed of.
It makes the album sort of a guitar player's album, in that it is mostly interesting when you can appreciate his unique soloing techniques with accurate spacing and crazy good squeals.
I like this album a lot but it REALLY makes me yearn for a recording in which Alex Machacek develops some tight grooves and develops some deep solos/harmonies. Perhaps a live trio setting is in order.


Born: 1972 in Tulln, Austria

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s

Jazz guitarist and composer Alex Machacek was born in Tulin, Austria, in 1972. He began studying classical guitar at the age of eight, eventually moving on to study jazz guitar at the Conservatory of Vienna, and also attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Machacek's biggest early influence was guitarist Joe Pass, and he was also drawn to the work of Allan Holdsworth and the compositional approach of Frank Zappa. Machacek released his first album, Featuring Ourselves, in 1999. That same...
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24 Tales, Alex Machacek
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: May 18, 2010

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