Favorite bands :
John Coltrane, Nevermore, Wes Montgomery, The Pulse, Thelonious Monk, Cannonball Adderley, Michael Brecker, The Bob Berg Band, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Wayne Wallace, Brad Mehldau, Necrophagist, Steve Vai, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, Bud Powell, Sixguns Over Tombstone, Striker, Radiohead, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jimmy Eat World, most early Soul/R&B, Pink Floyd, Adam Rogers, Warbringer, Gama Bomb, Aaron Parks.
Favorite guitarists :
Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Pat Metheny, Ben Monder, Muhammed Suicmez, Steve Vai, Jim Head, Bobby Cairns, Herb Ellis, Paul Bollenback, Mike Stern, Lenny Breau..
Favorite bassists :
Scott LaFaro(!!!), Ray Brown, Gary Peacock, John Patitucci, Eddie Gomez, Niels-Holmgren Oersted-Peterson, Christian McBride, Steve Swallow.
Favorite books :
One Long Tune, the Biography of Lenny Breau, John Coltrane's Life and Music was one of the best bios I've read in my life. The Real Book (ha!).
Favorite tv :
Dexter is good. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm. I used to claim, like so many others, that "I never watch TV", but it's not really true if you watch seasons of shows at a time I guess.
Favorite movies :
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Trainspotting, Where the Buffalo Roam, Requiem for a Dream, a Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, Eraserhead.
I'm not going to waste space telling you about how much I enjoy listening to and playing music, why else would I be a member of this forum? I've been privileged enough to receive great musical training and insight from many fine musicians from around the world, but most notably from contemporary jazz guitarist Jim Head and renowned Canadian musician/educator Raymond Baril, whose musical proficiency and humble demeanor are continuing inspirations. Though the fires of metal still burn somewhere deep in my heart, I find the most current satisfaction listening to jazz music. I perform in the Grant MacEwan Big Band as well as the Grant MacEwan Jazz Combo #1, and enjoy the challenges that both have brought me.
Ultimate-Guitar was an essential part of my early development as a musician and as a listener, and I intend to check it out a little more frequently than I have in the past years, hopefully sharing some of the knowledge I've been fortunate enough to accumulate during my formal musical training, and learning from some of the many brilliant contributions others on this site have already shared.
"Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid"