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Miles Okazaki on New Book, Album, Band

Guitarist forms first horn-less group

Miles Okazaki's "Trickster" is due out later this year

The route by which guitarist Miles Okazaki arrived at his forthcoming quartet album, Trickster, was circuitous, but logical and eminently artistic. With three all-original outings to his credit since 2006 (Mirror, Generations, Figurations), the Brooklyn-based Okazaki hurled himself into an idiosyncratic book project in 2012. Mel Bay ultimately published his complex and ambitious Fundamentals of Guitar in 2015. From that enormous undertaking came a new batch of uncharacteristically guitar-centric music, written for a new band, his first to bypass horns. (Trickster is expected later this year.)

“In order to do the book I stopped writing music for three years,” explains the 41-year-old father of three. “There’s a time when I [compose]: I get up very early and I stay up late. Or I do it while traveling. So I just switched all that time over to writing the book. Every day, a couple hours, for three years. That adds up. You have to stick with it, and it helps if you’re obsessed with it.”

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