Genre-defying guitarist, Marcus Rezak, will release his highly anticipated debut solo album Gateway to the Galaxy on November 9, 2018. This genre-fluid collection of songs features: Arthur Barrow (Zappa) on Bass, Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee) on drums, Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee) on keyboards and legendary saxophonist Bill Evans.

Having a versatile track record of accolades including performing with Digital Tape MachineShred is Dead, Katharsis and countless artist-at-large engagements at elite music festivals, “Gateway to the Galaxy” is Rezak’s first venture into recording his own original material and laying down resonant vocals with heartfelt lyrics. Rezak approached the process with no previous preparation except what was inside of his heart and soul and the end result is a 7-track collection that weaves throughout a musical universe of styles including prog, jazz, rock, driven by catchy riffs and of course laced with jaw-dropping guitar shredding.

“The entire album is an expression of my current feelings about life and all points that have lead up until now. I wrote this song in the studio with some help from an incredible studio drummer (Scott Pellegrom) who demoed the tracks with me before Kris Myers re-recorded them at The Attic in Nashville, TN. I used several badass guitars, amps and effects on this track. Lipe USA Guitars, Dennis Fano Guitars, and PRS Guitars. I used a 1960’s Marshall Plexi with 4×12 Basket Weave Cab, early 60’s Fender Twin, Landgraff Overdrive, Analogman, Alesis, Keeley, and other effects. We used several different pre-amps on each instrument to achieve specific sonic ranges including SSL, Neo-Tech, Rupert Neve, and more,” Rezak remarks on the process.


A fun fact for fans of Zappa and epic rock virtuosity: The bass Arthur Barrow used on Frank Zappa’s Joe’s Garage was used on this album. The same lathe cutting machine that cut Dark Side of the Moon at Capitol Records was used to cut the lacquers for this album. The owner of 3rd Coast Recording Co. where I cut the album is owned by Bill Chrysler monitor engineer for Dead and Company.

CLICK HERE for vinyl pre-order of “Gateway to the Galaxy.” The album will be available digitally and on all platforms on November 9, 2018. Stay tuned for tour dates, including CD release shows in LA, Denver, Chicago, NYC!

As a lead guitarist, Marcus carves out a distinguished style in the world of Guitar with several well-known cutting edge groups including Katharsis, Shred is Dead, FrankenZaps MonsterDigital Tape Machine, Stratosphere All-Stars and has had countless appearances as an artist-at-large. He has performed at some of the most elite music festivals across the globe in various genres. Having a commanding stage presence, Marcus takes the euphoric freedom of live music and directs its path into a unique approach, as if every jam is a live recording session. By keeping exceptionally comprehensive mental notes on what works, what doesn’t, and how to improve is what has led Marcus to respect in the music world and to such integral heights.

As a session guitarist and live performer Marcus has collaborated with a vast array of musicians from members of Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Umphrey’s Mcgee, Jerry Garcia Band, Melvin Seals, The Motet, Dopapod, Primus, Ratdog, The Disco Biscuits, SCI, Lotus, STS9, LettuceGaraj Mahal, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, Circles Around The Sun, The Aristocrats, Steve Vai, Megadeth, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and many more. In addition to live performances, Marcus focuses heavily on remote and live studio guitar tracking, editing, and mixing sessions working with a variety of artists, composers, and producers such as David Bowie’s pianist of 20 years Mr. Mike Garson.

As a guitar instructor, he built his own freelance clientele, teaching primarily Jazz students, but also having no limitations to this as well. Marcus Rezak has a B.M. from Berklee College of Music in Boston, and a M.M. degree in Jazz Composition from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

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