Adventures in Guitronica

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Adventures in Guitronica fuses Kirk’s unique compositions and guitar stylings with techno, house, jungle, ambient, and other electronic music. “Tatnall’s ambient soundscapes unfold surprisingly well, complementing his effects-laden guitar solos instead of competing with them. At the record’s best, the B.P.M.s are sped up to jungle territory, leaving Tatnall’s overheated guitar racing to keep up, hastily churning out layer after layer of trippy sound.” – Evan Rytlewski, Shepherd Express

Cujitsu

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Modern, original jazz compositions that draw from the entire range of jazz (bop, latin, ballads, modal, blues.) “Milwaukee electric guitar virtuoso Kirk Tatnall follows his wandering muse to a jazz trio format for his fourth album. Bassist John Price and drummer John Calarco energize the session through borderline fusion and hard bop to modal exploration and the kind of bluesiness that allows Tatnall to hike up the distortion to create a compelling skronk. Schizophrenic as that may seem, the players’ interaction and ability to let each member shine make this a cohesive triumph.” – Jamie Lee Rake, Shepherd Express

Kirk Tatnall – Guitar

John Price – Bass

John Calarco – Drums

Made in Milwaukee

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Made In Milwaukee, the newest addition to the Alpha Transit catalog, is the second of a two part series of releases recorded 100 percent live at the Milwaukee Ale House during the summer of 2008. The titles of these recordings pay tribute to the seemingly distant era when the record buying masses encouraged and supported their favorite groups extending and improvising on their songs in the live jam format. This recording and the previously released Transit Comes Alive! showcase the group doing what they do best; steering the music through the maps of their unique compositions, fusing white knuckle improvisations with relentless grooves, and taking the entire audience along with them on the mind-boggling journey.

Transit Comes Alive!

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Transit Comes Alive!, the newest addition to the Alpha Transit catalog, is the first of a two part series of releases recorded 100 percent live at the Milwaukee Ale House during the summer of 2008. The titles of these recordings pay tribute to the seemingly distant era when the record buying masses encouraged and supported their favorite groups extending and improvising on their songs in the live jam format. This recording and the soon to be released Made In Milwaukee showcase the group doing what it does best; steering the music through the map of their compositions, fusing white knuckle improvisations with relentless grooves, and taking the entire audience with them on the mind-boggling journey.

Alpha Transit

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“The opening cut on Alpha Transit’s debut album begins with a wash of ascending, extendedly dark harmonies that plunge into a relentless space-funk groove. The entire album is a blast and offers a full plate to groove-minded and intent listeners alike. With styles ranging from the aforementioned funk to the Eastern European/jazz-flavored “F.A.F.” to the aptly bluesy “Another Fricken Blues,” the playing is tight and consistently intriguing. Milwaukee guitarist Kirk Tatnall adds his unique blend of styles to the lineup of Geoff Howard on bass, Adam Berzowski on keys and Tim Rush on drums. If you get a chance to see Alpha Transit play locally, jump on it – the show is sure to combine exceptional musicianship and a great vibe.” – Jason Seed, Shepherd Express

Ghost Ridge

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Finally, a great recording of this trio playing at it’s best featuring the unbelievable drumming that is unique to Dane. Recorded live at the Cuda Cafe 4-22-06. The music draws from the entire range of jazz tradition, including bebop, modern, latin, ballads, and free improvisation. “Tatnall’s playing is extremely fiery; at times he can sound like rock/fusion guru Allan Holdsworth, with long, lyrical lines of improvisation. Both are capable of incredible virtuosic soloing and when they switched bass lines it was hardly noticeable.” – Rick Tvedt, Rick’s Café Press

Jack Grassel – guitar & bass simultaneously

Kirk Tatnall – guitar & bass simultaneously

Dane Richeson – drums

h eadless jazz

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Jazz guitar overload. Steve and Kirk explore the dual guitar format playing decapitated versions of jazz standards.

Live at the Uptowner

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Unique jazz that combines modern compositions and improvisation with past traditions and virtuoso guitar playing. “Live at the Uptowner, a trio effort with fellow guitar player Kirk Tatnall and drummer Ernie Adams, showcases the liquid interplay between Grassel and Tatnall on melodies whose deceptive ease belies their complex structure. Both Grassel and Tatnall play the Superax, an instrument that combines guitar with bass.” Dave Luhrssen – Shepherd Express.

Jack Grassel – guitar & bass simultaneously

Kirk Tatnall – guitar & bass simultaneously

Ernie Adams – drums

Temporal Vortex

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Instrumental Rock – “Tatnall uses the trio format to combine his jazz and rock roots to create a unique vital music which uses the best from both institutions, without becoming smooth fusion.”

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