Magazine article Guitar Player

Tone Center Records

Magazine article Guitar Player

Tone Center Records

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GUITARIST AND PRODUCER (AS WELL AS AUTHOR OF GP'S Spotlight columns throughout the years) Mike Varney envisioned a label dedicated to guitar-based jazz and fusion back in 1982, but other interests kept him from realizing his dream for nearly two decades. In 1999, Varney and drummer Steve Smith partnered to found Tone Center Records, which has released more than 50 albums since its inception.

"I was inspired by labels such as Blue Note and CTI," explains Varney. "Our goal is to put really excellent players together to make great sessions--just like they did in the '60s and '70s."

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