he sadly died just as Pluto entered the hard working, dues paying,
super reality based astrological sign of Capricorn on November 27,
2008, Pekka Pohjola was a musical genius and hes badly missed
one year later. Amazingly, now in early December 2009, just about
a year after I heard that Pekka had died, I opened up a new CD, entitled
Clockwork from Australian guitarist Glenn Cannon. So it goes
like clockworkyoure born, you die and in between life
is all about clockwork! So I put on Glenns CD and lo and behold,
with a dose of Holdsworth-ian style fretboard pyrotechnics, Clockwork
is just the kind of album Pekka would have admired and in fact
its a little in the vein of Pekkas final workplaying
with guitarist Tuppu Orrennma on Tuppu's 2008 Make My Day CD.
Backed up by a host of great players, including drummer Danny Farrugia,
a full band and a bunch of string players that rarely get in the way,
Cannons Clockwork is a veritable instrumental jazz-rock
classic for the new millennium. Theres enough daredevil fretboard
moves to make it of interest to jazz-rock fusion buffs but the whole
CD is so well recorded that it could clearly cross over to rock fans
with an open ear to instrumental rock and to those CD buffs interested
in bringing the sound of jazz fusion into their collection. www.GlennCannonMusic.com
WEB EXPRESS 3000 presents GLENN CANNON
been playing guitar a little over twenty years now. Like most kids
I started out in my early teens playing rock n roll tunes
and I particularly liked Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Jimi
Hendrix and Van Halen. Then I heard Eric Johnson which really changed
my feelings about music as his stuff was mostly instrumental. I heard
Allan Holdsworth while finishing school which led me to studying harmony
and how chords work. A teacher then put me on to some jazz music which
I didnt like initially but I ended up completing my Bachelor
Degree in Jazz Improvisation at the Victorian College of the Arts
here in Melbourne.
new CD is entitled Clockwork. It features some of Australias
finest musicians including Danny Farrugia on drums, Gavin Pearce on
bass, Luke Howard on keyboards and Tim Wilson on Saxophone. The album
was recorded intermittently over a four year period. I would book
a studio for a day, rehearse two songs with the band a week before
then record it the following week. I always like to record the band
live in the studio except for the tunes which have programmed drums.
As the guys in the band are always so busy, it was often months in
between sessions (sometimes years!) so the whole process took longer
than it should. The album is quite diverse as there is a classical
string quartet piece, electronic based tunes, Latin influenced music
and classic fusion-styled tunes. It really reflects the music I have
listened to over the years.
three main electric guitars: 1980 Gibson ES-335, 1995 Musicman Luke
(I used this exclusively on this album) and 1998 American Standard
Fender Strat. My steel string acoustic is a Taylor 422 and I borrowed
a friends Taylor nylon string for the recording. I have been
running the same amp setup for twelve years: Mesa Boogie Simul 2:90
power amp, Mesa Triaxis pre-amp, TC Electronics G-Force effects and
two 1x12 boogie boxes. I did just buy a Ceriatone amp from Malaysia
and it sounds dynamite with my Strat!
favorite guitarists are mostly jazz and fusion guys like Allan Holdsworth,
Wayne Krantz, James Muller, Pat Metheny, Scott Henderson, Frank Gambale,
John Scofield, Adam Rogers and Tim Miller. However I find that the
compositions of these great musicians are equally as beautiful. I
also like many non-guitarists like Chick Corea, John Patitucci, Sean
Wayland, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Squarepusher and Chris Potter. I do listen
to a lot of other music, too much to list here but I like European
Classical, American Country, Flamenco, Cuban and Brazilian music.
be doing a launch gig in March or April for the Clockwork album.
I will also be recording a new album with another group I have called
Logic. It will be our fourth album and we hope to embark on our third
tour of Asia in October.