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Steve Vai Starts Jazz Label

Guitarist Steve Vai (pictured), he of the lightning-quick lick and oppressively tight trousers, has announced that his fretboard shredder-friendly label Favored Nations will soon launch a jazz-dedicated imprint dubbed Favored Nations Cool.

“The idea to eventually grow and branch out into other genres has always been our intention at Favored Nations,” says Vai. “I attended Berklee College of Music and studied jazz and discovered that, although some jazz sounds like meandering in a harmonic wilderness, some of it is quite inspired and stimulating. Ray Scherr, my partner, is a big fan of good jazz and our mission with Favored Nations Cool is to find brilliant and dedicated jazz musicians to work with.”

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