Carl Filipiak

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Carl Filipiak
Born (1950-09-17) September 17, 1950 (age 64)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Genres Jazz/fusion, rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, instructor, author
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1963–present
Labels Geometric Records, Art of Life Records
Associated acts Dennis Chambers, Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes, Randy Runyon

Carl Filipiak is an American jazz-rock guitarist and recording artist for Art of Life Records. USA. Best known for his jazz-fusion CD's and partnership with world renowned drummer, Dennis Chambers. His critically acclaimed CD's feature Miles Davis' alumni Bob Berg and Gary Thomas on sax, Will Calhoun on drums (Living Color), Gary Grainger on bass (John Scofield) and many others. (See He was included among a list of renowned guitar players and nominated for "New Fusion Blood" in Jazziz Magazine. He is an author of instructional books for Mel Bay Publications and Balafon Books. His 2013 release "Live at the Cat's Eye" has reached #1 on both jazz fusion and bebop jazz categories on Amazon MP3 album downloads.


In 1987 Carl Filipiak recorded his first album, "Electric Thoughts" on his own Geometric Records.[1] Soon afterwards, he started recording and playing with Dennis Chambers, Greg Grainger and Gary Grainger. In 1990 "Blue Entrance" was released with national and international distribution, and he met Bob Berg (Miles Davis, Mike Stern). Bob Berg played on "Right On Time" (1993), "Hotel Real" (1997) and "Peripheral Vision" (2000).[1] In the late 90's he did some touring with Victor Wooten and Will Calhoun. His recordings have garnered him reviews in publications such as 20th Century Guitar, Billboard, Guitar Player, Guitar World and Jazz Times. His music has been featured in the Olympics and on televised events for NBC Sports and Turner Broadcasting. He also produced and wrote the songs for Dennis Chambers CD, "Big City."

Filipiak currently plays on the East Coast at various clubs and festivals including Blues Alley in Washington DC, The RamsHead in Annapolis, and the Berks Jazz Festival in PA. He performs once a month in Fell's Point at the Cat's Eye, well known to blues and jazz fans, in his hometown of Baltimore, MD.[2] His 2007 release, I Got Your Mantra, marked a departure from his longtime label Geometric Records to Art of Life Records, and the introduction of the Jimi Jazz Band [3] The album was reviewed by ALLMUSIC.[4][5] His latest release (2013) "Live at the Cat's Eye" features the Jimi Jazz Band and has reached the top of mp3 album downloads on Amazon in two jazz categories. He is also currently a member of Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes, and can be heard on their latest release, "It Came From Baltimore." Lafayette's music can be heard on the HBO series, "The Wire" and "Treme." Beyond Hamsterdam

In addition to recording and performing, Carl is actively involved in music education. He is the author of "Rock-Fusion Improvising," an instructional book and companion CD from Mel Bay Publications and a contributing author on jazz guitar for several publishers. "Rock-Fusion Improvising" is listed in Guitar World Magazine as one of the top 25 books & instructional videos you must have.

He has opened for national acts such as jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, songstress Roberta Flack and rock guitarist Eric Johnson.[6]

His albums, Looking Forward Looking Back and Peripheral Vision, have been reviewed on the All About Jazz website[7][8] and Guitar Nine.[9]

Filipiak's current band features Frank Young on drums, Paul Hannah on sax, Matt Everhart on bass.[10]


Fender Stratocaster, PRS 305, PRS McCarty Solid-body and PRS Archtop Guitar. Fender Vibroverb and Fender Bassman amps, PRS 30 with 1-12 cabinet.[11]


  • Electric Thoughts (1987) Geometric Records
  • Blue Entrance (1990) Geometric Records
  • Right on Time (1993) Geometric Records
  • Hotel Reàl (1997) Geometric Records
  • Peripheral Vision (2000) Geometric Records
  • Looking Forward Looking Back (2002) Geometric Records
  • I Got Your Mantra (2007) Art of Life Records
  • Arrival (Randy Runyon album, 2007) Art of Life Records
  • Live at the Cat's Eye (2013) Art of Life Records

Educational Materials[edit]

  • "Rock-Fusion Improvising" - Mel Bay Publications Amazon
  • "Guitar- A Complete Guide for the Player" - Balafon Books (contributing author)Amazon
  • "Totally Guitar - The Definitive Guide" - Thunder Bay Press (contributing author) Amazon
  • "Play Acoustic" - Backbeat Books - (contributing author)Amazon
  • "Use What You Got" (video) - eLine Productions


  1. ^ a b Kopp, Ed (1 September 2000). "CD/LP Review: Carl Filipiak: Peripheral Vision". All About Jazz. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
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  3. ^ Meredith, Bill (1 April 2008). "CD/LP Review: Carl Filipiak & the Jimi Jazz Band I Got Your Mantra". "JazzTimes". 
  4. ^ Yanow, Scott. "CD/LP Review: Carl Filipiak: I got Your Mantra". "ALLMUSIC". 
  5. ^ Brown, Sloane (29 January 2006). "Guests and art both glittered at AVAM gala". The Baltimore Sun. 
  6. ^ Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Sun feature article.
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  10. ^ "Live at the Cat's Eye". Art of Life Records. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  11. ^ Filipiak, Carl. "Carl Filipiak - Equipment". Carl Filipiak. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • Carl Filipiak's home page [1]