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  • Alex de Grassi (2007)

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    Although he comes from a musical family (growing up right here on the San Francisco peninsula), Alex de Grassi is primarily self-taught on his chosen instrument, the guitar: at age 13, he appropriated his elder brother's instrument in preference to his own assigned trumpet.

    He's honed his finger style for over 30 years, beginning with his first release on Windham Hill, (the quintessential California "New Age" label), entitled "Turning: Turning Back". His 1998 recording "The Water Garden" was nominated for a Grammy.

    Alex's current project is DeManIa, a trio with electric bassist Michael Manring and percussionist Christopher Garcia.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Egberto Gismonti and Academia de Danças Sanfona Maracatu (ECM)
    # 2 Herbie Hancock Gershwin's World It Ain't Necessarily So (Verve)
    # 3 Thelonious Monk Standards Memories of You (Columbia)
    # 4 Sérgio and Odair Assad Alma Brasileira Baião Malandro (Nonesuch)
    # 5 Gustav Holst The Planets Suite, Op. 32 Mars (Deutsche Grammophon)
    # 6 Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now Sometimes I'm Happy (Reprise)
             
    Book A world atlas
             
    Luxury Item A lifetime's supply of Naughty Boy pinot noir
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    Chris Amberger
    23 Jun
    Gerald Beckett
    01 Sep
    Buzz Brooks
    28 Apr
    Jarrett Cherner
    16 Jun
    Kev Choice
    30 Jun
    Anat Cohen
    28 Jul
    Natalie Cressman
    10 Feb
    Hershey Felder
    07 Apr
    Mitchell Feldman
    18 Aug
    Mike Galisatus
    03 Nov
    Aaron Germain
    06 Jan
    Robin Gregory
    17 Feb
    Tamir Hendelman
    13 Oct
    Kasey Knudsen
    17 Mar
    Matthew Montfort
    26 May
    Dan Montgomery
    06 Oct
    Andrea Motis
    21 Jul
    Ray Obiedo
    10 Mar
    Jayn Pettingill
    17 Nov
    John Pizzarelli
    25 Aug
    Sandi Poindexter
    24 Mar
    Don Randi
    20 Oct
    David Rogers
    24 Feb
    Eric Whittington
    29 Sep
    George Winston
    04 Aug
    Lizz Wright
    09 Jun
    Jason Yeager
    02 Jun