"SONGS FOR THE NEW FRONTIER" is now available for download on I-tunes, or get the actual disk at www.abstractlogix.com. Since January I have played an awful lot. I dont even know where to begin. Sam Bush joined the Bill Evans band for more dates in February and March and, like I said before, it is a pleasure to play with and get to know one of my longtime heros. After 2 weeks off from those stateside gigs I found myself in Europe once again playing jazz festivals and club dates. This time I spent 2 weeks in Poland and the Ukraine at the end of April. Playing with one of the world's greatest saxophonists is way cool in that I get to meet all the greatest bass players and drummers!. This time our bassist was, original Pat Metheny Group bassist, Mark Egan, who I had a blast playing with. The music we made in Poland was fantastic. After that, I returned to settle for a week in my new home of Nashville, TN. Nashville is great so far, and before heading back to NYC for rehearsals I had the pleasure of briefly meeting and chatting with the great Robbie McCoury, which reminded me of how much I miss talking about banjo stuff. While in NY I took a music lesson from one of the greatest jazz guitarists known to man, the phenomenal Adam Rogers. If you have never heard Adam I strongly suggest you discover his music, along with his work with Michael Brecker, Chris Potter, etc. My time with Adam has brought me closer to my musical goals, and his influence will soon be apparent in my playing and in my instruction. For now, I am back in Poland for the next 2 weeks, playing jazz with Bill Evans and Mark Egan, eating pork, and reading down my IIV I sheets in the hotel room.
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Sunday, May 18, 2008 @3:53:49 PM
Congrats, Ryan. I'm delighted for you--with your talent, the world should, indeed, be your oyster.
I am bummed that you left NC, though, as I didn't see enough of you as it was.
You're a great guy, a great musician, and I'm proud to know you.
All the best!
Ryan Cavanaugh Says:
Sunday, May 18, 2008 @6:31:39 PM
Zepp, good to hear from you! I feel the same. I never made it out to Wendell as much as I would have liked to. I really appreciated all the great deals on strings and picks and such! You guys gave me an awesome truss-rod wrench for my Crossfire that the damn Polish airport security made me throw out! bastards.
Anyhow, thanks a lot for all the hospitality when I came to visit.
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