With the newsstand more crowded and competitive than ever, we endeavor to make every issue a special one, through everything from exclusives and scoops to themed issues and consumer guides. This particular issue spotlights guitar, but the real theme that emerged organically is collaboration. Besides the cover story on Richard Bona and Mike Stern by David R. Adler, we’ve got profiles on two other musical partnerships. Bill Milkowski talks with Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint about their joint project celebrating New Orleans. And Geoffrey Himes deconstructs the creative relationship between guitarists Vernon Reid and Blood Ulmer.
What is it about that one-on-one configuration that can produce such thrilling results? Who better to ask than guitarist Bill Frisell, known for being the consummate collaborator? He’s done projects with nearly all of the above musicians, going back to when he was a young student at Berklee, jamming at all hours with Mike Stern, later recording with Vernon Reid, and most recently working with Elvis Costello on the Burt Bacharach sessions.