Don Linke
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The best kept secret in music



Don Linke demonstrates chops aplenty on this often amazing [release].

Linke has the rare ability to keep a walking bassline going while accenting it with chords and melodic material which suggest more than one instrument is being heard. He is a modernist in terms of technique and tonal inflections, as on the string snapping title track. Linke never stumbles with the often heavy mantle of the solo imperative. - Cadence, January 1995


A master of the walking-bass line, he weaves some admirably dextrous chops over this solid yet swinging backdrop.

This guy is one to watch out for. - STRING JAZZ

"Review, FOCUS"

Linke presents himself as a time bomb of rhythm... Linke is a rare player in a world of pedestrian six-string soloists, able to create rhythmic tension on an instrument where simultaneously improvising and keeping the chord progression obvious is hard enough. Throughout, he whacks and snaps the strings as though he can barely keep himself from succumbing to a dervish whirl.
--Dave McEfresh - Jazz Now

"Recommended Recordings"

Peace Dance is a tribute to the flexibility of the guitar, but it is Don Linke's mastery of his instrument and the natural beauty of his sound that inspires us to embrace new jazz, old jazz and even older classical music. - Jazz Player, August/September 1995


MAGEWIND, guitar/vocals, Magewind, 1981
DRASTIC STEPS, guitar/vocals, Magewind, 1983 (unreleased)
LONELY RIVER/REAL THING single, guitar/vocals, Cooler Near the Lake Ensemble, 1988
PEACE DANCE, guitar/vocals solo project, 1994
FOCUS, guitar/vocals solo project, 1995
THIS TIME, guitar/vocals The Don Linke Trio, 1999

REMINISCENCES, "16 for the Cellar", The Don Linke Trio, compilation of Wisconsin Conservatory of Music alumni and current and former faculty members in honor of the school's 100th anniversary, 2000.


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A professional musician for more than 25 years, Don Linke has wide experience as a solo and group guitarist. His career as a performer and educator has covered an impressive stylistic area. Performing rock, jazz and classical music, Don has long been associated with the club, concert and recording scenes. He has opened for major artists such as Freddie Hubbard and Stanley Turrentine, as well as playing regularly with regional jazz greats .

His most recent recording, THIS TIME (1999) features trio settings. His CD's for solo guitar, PEACE DANCE and FOCUS, have won national and international acclaim. He is also a featured artist on the CD MILWAUKEE GUITAR: STRICTLY SOLO.

Don Linke is currently the Director of Jazz Guitar Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and has been on the faculty of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music since 1981.