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It may be a fitting instance of fortuity that the initials of Aaron, Trey, Eddie, Alex, and Marco happen to spell A-TEAM… because, as rock virtuosos, that's exactly what they are: an A-team of “musicians' musicians,” and a likely 2008 successor to the great virtuoso bands of the past - Mahavishnu Orchestra, Zappa and The Mothers, King Crimson and, of course, UK.

Returning from a self-imposed 27-year retirement from band and touring activity, keyboardist/electric violinist and UK co-founder, Eddie Jobson, set out to find the same caliber of next-generation musicians for the new UKZ project that would equal or surpass the talents of his previous colleagues and collaborators - an already impressive list that includes Frank Zappa, Robert Fripp, Bill Bruford, Phil Collins, John Entwistle, Ian Anderson, Simon Phillips, Terry Bozzio, Allan Holdsworth, and Tony Levin.

Jobson put together the ideal 'virtual band' by studying musicians' performances on YouTube and - given his renown among musicians worldwide - received instant acceptance from all of his first choices:

Aaron Lippert - a citizen of Belgium, but born and raised in New York - the former lead singer and songwriter for Columbia recording artists Expanding Man.
Trey Gunn - a Texas native, currently residing in Seattle - a ten-year veteran of King Crimson and the leading exponent of the Warr touch guitar.
Alex Machacek - from Vienna, Austria - an award-winning guitar prodigy and composer.
Marco Minnemann - from Hannover, Germany - a drumming phenomenon of unparalleled virtuosity

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