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Jason Richardson

Mastering The Musical Use Of The Guitar

The three song demo CD-R from New York area guitarist Jason Richardson (a.k.a. JMR) is designed to demonstrate his abilities in the area of instrumental hard rock. The opening track "It's You" is a ballad-tempo number in which tone and melody play important parts in telling the story. The song relies on space and grace rather than NPM (notes per minute), but a dynamic arrangement lets Richardson finish the track with power and a dramatic flourish. "Blowin' Smoke" kicks it up a notch, and features a wide variety of tones with some echoey, soulful soloing followed by some hot-wired, lighting-fast runs that are meant to blow the mind. "Just Me" winds up the demo on a reflective note, the slower tempo giving Richardson a chance to display his mastery of vibrato, as well as kick out more free-wheeling, Satch-like improvisations. All we can say is - keep recording! Jason Richardson was originally profiled in the April-May, 2003 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb Jason's history with the guitar goes back 15 years to a pivotal moment seeing his cousin playing with a band in a local bar. He began guitar lessons in 1987, and was a quick study, and sessions with guitarist Craig Snyder helped him mold his particular style of axemastery. He even took up bass and drums in order to expand his musical skills. Later, Jason captured the title of Guitar Center's Best Guitar Player in Rochester, New York. He has been a professional guitar instructor since 1998 with an ever-expanding group of students, and has an endorsement with the world renowned Framus Guitars and Amplification Company. Jason fronts the frequently gigging, four piece original modern rock band Thatcher, handling both guitar and vocal duties. He can currently be heard on a CD for Lion Music which features a musical tribute to Ritchie Blackmore.

Currently, Richardson is working on a debut solo CD, continuing to play bass and guitar with Craig Snyder's Headlines, and is recording a demo with Reggie Hendrix (cousin of the legendary Jimi Hendrix). He also endorses Warrior Guitars.

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Jason Richardson
United States

E-mail: Jason Richardson


Brazilian Progressive Metal

Mining the territory staked out by bands such as Planet X, Dream Theater and Queensryche is the Brazilian group Khallice, with their new CD The Journey. Led by guitarist Marcelo Barbosa, the material is sufficiently keyboard-heavy as well, courtesy of Bruno Wambier. The band mixes longer compositions ("Loneliness" and "Turn The Page" clock in at more than eight minutes) with quick hitters such as "Wrong Words" and "Vampire". Barbosa is an engaging soloist, who easily blazes within the context of each song, never overplaying, preferring to stun the listener with alternating flurries and flavorings. Bottom line: fans of progressive metal and hard rock music have another quality international band to check out. Khallice were originally profiled in the June-July, 2003 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic Marcelo has played guitar since he was 12 years old (over 16 years). He is the owner of a large guitar institute in Brasilia called GTR, which has 18 teachers instructing 300 students. Marcelo writes a monthly column for the Brazilian guitar magazine Guitar Class, and he has appeared in other publications such as Guitar Player and Cover Guitarra. He also currently writes for the Chops From Hell web site. Marcelo has an endorsement with Tagima guitars.

Barbosa is also recording instrumental guitar demos, but is currently focused on promoting Khallice and their new CD.

Contact Information
Marcelo Barbosa
SQS 214 Bloco A Apt 506
Brasilia DF 70293-010

E-mail: Khallice
Web site: www.khallice.com.br

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