Rock/fusion/jazz/Indian-influenced instrumental guitarist Prashant Aswani has 3 solo records in his discography with more in the works.
Aside from writing, recording and producing Prashant has also worked with artists such as Justin Timberlake, R&B songstress Christina Milian, guitarist Greg Howe among others.
Prashant, what are your top fave 5 records which have
impacted you the most in your life musically or otherwise?
Surfing with the Alien by Joe Satriani
Joe Satriani is brilliant at taking a groove and keeping it interesting for 5 minutes. Great melodies and modulations and hooks are all over this album. He makes it all sound so simple but when you try to do it yourself you realize the difficulty. Let’s not forget how Joe made instrumental rock guitar pop music!!!
Passion and Warfare by Steve Vai
Steve uses modal progressions so beautifully. His arrangements and variations of melody are absolutely mind-boggling. This album is like a perfect story from beginning to end.
Shakti by John McLaughlin
This album connected my Indian heritage with the western world. Zakir Hussain is one of the greatest geniuses of our day. I started out playing Tabla and switched to guitar and Shakti is the perfect marriage between both Instruments!!! John Mclaughlin is an incredible artist who fuses Indian and Jazz music flawlessly!
Secret Story by Pat Metheny
It was very difficult to pick just one Pat Metheny album as he has about 50 I rotate on a daily basis. “Secret Story” was very influential to me in terms of orchestration. I was studying at Berklee College of Music at the time this album came out and really got into the compositions and arrangements. Pat Metheny is turns anything he touches to gold!
by Yngwie J. Malmsteen
This album is the reason I wanted to have technique. The raw aggression and emotion from his bends and sweeps and titleernate picking lines is unparalleled. Yngwie Rules!!!
Thank you Prashant for joining us! High-5!
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