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Greg Howe plays a long solo on the track 'East Side Bridge'. The solo changes are quite challenging, but Greg doesn't miss a chord and shows clearly why he is the grand master of fusion and rock guitar.
Greg is probably best known playing guitar for Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Enrique Iglesias, NSYNC, Christina Aguilera and Rihanna but guitar aficionados worldwide know Greg for his tasty solo albums that float somewhere between fusion and rock. Greg recorded 8 albums for the Shrapnel label and in 2003 recorded the successful 'Extraction' with Dennis Chambers. Greg recently released his latest album in 2008 entitled “Sound Proof”, which has been arguably reviewed as one of Howe’s best albums ever.

Richard played with Greg at the Ziua Chitarelor festival in Bucharest in 2010 and headlined the Meeting Of The Spirits festival in Holland together with Greg. Plans for a collaboration were quickly made and, after this track was written with Greg in mind, Greg was able to fit the recording into his busy schedule.

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Eric Gales plays a burning solo on the '70's inspired grooving outtro of the title track 'Pain In The Jazz'. Eric was the first of the guests to commit a solo for RHPII in december 2011 and his Hendrix-inspired style of blues playing melts flawlessy with the raw vintage feel of the track.
Having an unorthodox playing style - Gales plays the guitar left handed, upside down - he won his first blues contest at age 11 and released his first album at age 15 together with his brothers as the Gales Brothers. In 1994 Eric performed with Carlos Santana at the Woodstock 94' concert. Eric has recently toured with Laurynn Hill in Europe and The States and plays the Experiece Hendrix Tribute tour 2012. He has been voted 'Bluesplayer Of The Year' by Guitarist magazine in 2010.

The blues scene is quite diverse nowadays and Eric breaks down the walls here by melting his blues work with a vintage jazz-rock track. Eric's latest cd is 'Transformatio'n and can be ordered from his website and iTunes.

3 Alex Machacek plays on the aptly titled song 'Wristkiller', a tune with a simple rhythmically moving theme and some more intricate changes for the solo section. Austrian Alex Machacek is probably best known for his 1999 debut album 'Featuring Ourselves' and the acclaimed follow-up 'Delete and Roll' with the band BPM. His 2004 release '24 Tales' with drummer Marco Minnemann is a true masterpiece and a must have for everyone interested in composing, rhythms, melodies and great guitarplaying.He is critically acclaimed by the likes of John McLaughlin and the late Shawn Lane for his innovative style and the ease with which he shifts from legato to staccato. John McLaughlin said about him, "Alex Machacek's music starts where other music ends". Currently, he is playing for Planet X, which toured in Greece and Armenia in November, 2008, and with the Virgil Donati Band. He also had the pleasure of subbing for none other then Allan Holdsworth in the legendary band UK on their last 2012 tour.
4 Guthrie Govan joins RHPII on the jazz rocker 'Bring It On'. Rich wrote the song for the majority during one of their gigs together at the Ziua Chitarelor festival in Bucharest in 2009. On the 70's riffing 'Bring It On', both guitar players Rich and Guthrie share the spotlight from traditional duo-riffing and doing fills, to both taking a solo round, to trading solos in the outtro. Unlike most so called 'collaborations' where a guest just plays a solo round, and does not actually join on the song itself, here Guthrie plays throughout the whole song and Rich and Guthrie display their chemistry that was developed during several international tours through Germany and Holland (where they toured with 3rd headliner spanish bluesrocker Jose de Castro) and gigs at guitarfests where both shared the stage. UK virtuoso Guthrie is known for his work with the bands The Aristocrats, Asia, GPS and from his 2006 solo release 'Erotic Cakes', that has become quite the bible for guitarists worldwide.
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Randy Brecker joins RHPII on the groovy track 'Amelia' written by Jaco Pastorius, but especially arranged for RHPII. The melody is played by Randy and tenor saxophonist Ada Rovatti and Randy takes a solo over the funky changes.
Randy Brecker has been shaping the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more then four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn perfomances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatrra, Frank Zappa to Steely Dan. He is probably best known from The Brecker Brother, a band of immeasurable influence and impact. As a composer, performer and in-demand Yamaha clinician, Randy Brecker continues to influence and inspire young musicians around the world.

2 Kiko Loureiro plays a shredding solo on the track 'Speed City Blues'. Rich and Kiko played together at the European Summer Campus 2011in Sicily. Brazilian born and raised Kiko switches with ease from heavy metal to fusion and to acoustic, all with ease and with his unmistakable touch of Brazil. Heis also well known from his progressive metal outing Angra.
The track is written by Lalle Larsson. Lalle likes to paint pictures with his compositions and for this track he had the chaotic atmosphere of a big city in mind, with taxis, noises and whatnot. There's a lot of soloing going on in the song; after the theme there is a bass solo from Frans Vollink, the guitar solo from Kiko plus in the end a trade solos between Rich and Lalle over a challenging cascading maj7#5 sequence in a 7/8 groove. Quite challenging!
3 Jose De Castro guests on the song 'Third Phase' where he trades solos with Richard. Rich and Jose have played together on various occassions in Bucharest at the Ziua Chitarelor festival and on two tours they did as a guitar trio with Guthrie Govan. Every occassion they played, Jose drew an enthousiastic crowd that went crazy for his crunch tone and passionate feel for melody and vocal-like phrasing. Spanish Jose, or 'Jopi' for his friends, shows his blues power on this Weather Report inspired track and delivers true crunch power like only a blues player at heart can contribute. Jose is a very much in demand studio player and has released several solo albums, a.o. with drummer Simon Phillips. On his solo albums, the guitarist talent shines through diverse musical styles like funk, fusion, rock, blues and country, while creating an ideal balance between virtuosity and musicality.
4 Andy Timmons - the tone master from Texas joins HPII! Richard has played with Andy at the Ziua Chitarelor festival in Bucharest in 2010 and it must have been at the encore where they played a spontaneous version of 'Little Wing' that Rich thought it would be great to have Andy play one of his lyrical solos for RHPII.
'Think Of Something' is a track from Sebastiaan Cornelissen that has quite a hypnotizing chord sequence and a nice open groove that fits Andy perfectly. Guess what.. he played a gorgeous solo! This song is also included in the pre order booklet, with tabs and chord diagrams.
As a guitarist for pop-metal band Danger Danger, Andy toured the world opening for Kiss and Alice Cooper, sold over a million records worldwide, and had two #1 videos on MTV, plus amassing a discography that includes 7 solo releases that range from blazing guitar instrumentals, to blues, and even a Beatles/Elvis Costello-inspired collection of pop tunes. As a session player, he's been highly featured on CDs by drumming legend Simon Phillips, a live CD with Olivia Newton-John two internationally acclaimed CDs by Kip Winger, recording sessions for Paula Abdul, Paul Stanley, and countless radio and television jingles. He has also played alongside many of his heroes such as Steve Vai and Joe Satriani as a regular guest on their G3 tours in Dallas.
 

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