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John Jaunese

Fastest Six-Stringer On The Planet?

The appropriately named The Fastest Guitar On Earth is Washington state guitarist John Jaunese's demo CD, featuring five instrumental examples of his neo-classical prowess and blazing shred style. A very brief CD (under thirteen minutes), the songs include two longer numbers ("Mindstorm", "Speed Of Sound") and three tracks which are of the interlude or solo guitar variety. All tracks offer up plenty of Friedman-and-Becker-after-10-cups-of-expresso licks and heavy rhythms common to the neo-classical format. Jaunese can certainly blaze with the best of 'em (he even manages to inject some Van Halenisms into the classical mix), and since his next project is a full-length version carrying the neo-classical style even further, we expect to have our stereo speakers ready for a true metal meltdown. John Jaunese was originally profiled in the June-July, 2001 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb John has been playing guitar since age 8, so has a grand total of 25 years of playing experience behind him. Influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Edward Van Halen, Randy Rhoads and Yngwie Malmsteen, he made up his mind to write and record neo-classical instrumental rock. After recording seven ADAT tapes full of music, John decided to release his EP-length CD with five songs in 1997. The CD received unexpected attention and he sold a few thousand copies locally. By 1999, John was inspired to do a few shows and begin writing tunes for a full-length CD.

Jaunese is currently working on three CDs at the same time. They include "A Tribute To Beethoven" - classical, "Seattle Lights" - jazz, and his full-length neo-classical offering, which has yet to be named. He hopes at some point to join a well established rock or progressive rock band.

Contact Information
John Jaunese
P.O. Box 1587
Marysville, WA 98270
United States

E-mail: John Jaunese


Freedom Of Jazz Blended With A Foundation Of Soul

Especially noteworthy this time is the long-anticipated debut album from California's LT, aka Linda Taylor. Entitled Pulse, the CD is a self-produced, mostly self-performed work of instrumental funk, drawing upon LT's background in R&B and funk while showcasing her blues driven guitar playing and her jazz-based harmonies. We had a hard time getting this one out of our CD player; the nine tracks exude confident playing, while blending creativity with a drive to entertain the listener. LT's fusion has sometimes been described as "MonkFunk", but no matter how you describe it, the performance is stellar and the vibe is gripping - you've got elements of acid-jazz and hip-hop to pepper the funk and keep the groove happening. More, please! Highly recommended. Excellent work. LT was originally profiled in the June-July, 2001 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic Born and raised in Southern California, LT began playing the guitar at the age of 4. Primarily self-taught, her first important break was when she began touring heavily with jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum. In the mid '90s, LT toured the world with Tracy Chapman for several years. She has done US tours with artists such as Thelma Houston, Vesta Williams, Chante Moore and Jesse Powell, and performed at the Image Awards in 1999. LT may be best known for her work on the ABC Television show, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", hosted by Drew Carey and now in production on its fifth season. On the show, LT gets to improvise music in styles ranging from seldom-heard Latin grooves to current pop hits. Her work as a sideman can be heard on releases from many artists, instrumentalists and singers.

In 1998, LT and executive producer Barbara De Lury formed Rubicon Music, a home for LT's projects, both collaborative and solo. A regional tour of the West Coast is planned for mid-summer of 2001 in support of Pulse.

Contact Information
Rubicon Music
13428 Maxella Avenue, #462
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
United States

E-mail: LT
Web site: www.rubiconmusic.com

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