Sunday, 26 December 2010

Curt Cress - Sing 1997

Genre: Fusion, Jazz-Rock
Label: Wea
Format: flac + cue + log
Year: 1997

Bio by
After playing in various German bands Curt Cress started releasing albums under his own name in 1975. The personnel used on Curt Cress Clan became the nucleus of Snowball in 1978, and already ceased to exists three years later, in December 1981. Ever since, Curt was recruited as a session drummer for the likes of Falco, Mike Batt, Alphaville, The Scorpions and Saga (to name just a few) and was never a steady member of any formation again. He also commenced writing and producing film soundtracks in the 80s, and published three more solo efforts. Most recently, at the beginning of the new millennium, he was a part of the intended reunion of Triumvirat.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Bob James & Hilary James - Christmas Eyes (2008)

Release Date: 2008
Genre: Jazz, Christmas
Label: Koch Records
Format: flac + cue + log

There are 13 tracks in all, ten vocals – all performed by Hilary and Kevin. Along with traditional favorites like ‘Silent Night’, ‘Winter Wonderland’, ‘Greensleeves’ among others, also featured here are three instrumentals with arrangements by Bob James. Very special guest artists include Al Gorgoni, James Genus, Billy Kilson, Chuck Loeb and Dave Koz.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Gregorian - Christmas Chants (2006)

Date of Realise: 2006
Genre: pop, Christmas
Label: Edel
Format: ape + cue + test

Holiday release from the Gregorian Chants series that has sold millions of copies worldwide. The Gregorian Masters of Chant are the only worldwide touring Gregorian Choir, having played venues ranging from theaters to arenas to landmark churches. Features yuletide favorites like 'Silent Night', 'The First Noel', 'O Come All Ye Faithful', 'Amazing Grace' and more.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Players - Players (1987)

Label: AGAT Company Ltd. (Russian Pressing). Original label is Passport
Date: 1987
Genres: Jazz, Fusion
Format: flac + cue + log

Monday, 20 December 2010

Ferrigno, Leal & Kuprij - Promised Land 2003

Label: Lion Music
Date: 2002
Genres: Progressive Metal, Neo-Classical Metal
Format: wv + cue + log

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

I had no idea what to expect when I put "Promised Land" into the CD player. It was pretty obvious that it was going to be instrumental music as I could see no credit given to a vocalist. Also, I had a vague idea about virtuoso keyboardist Vitalij Kuprij's role in Artension, but hadn't heard his playing in any manner, shape, or form (oops, I was wrong - I've heard Kuprij on James Murphy's "Feeding The Machine"). Of course, it goes without saying that I'd never heard of the two feature guitarists on "Promised Land" either; Marco Ferrigno and Javier Leal were complete unknowns to me....

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Dave Weckl - Heads Up (1992)

Label: GRP
Year: 1992
Format: flac + cue + log
Genre: Jazz

"Heads-Up" was the 1992 follow up recording to "Master Plan. A lot had changed for Dave, as he had recently moved to California.

This record was the first recording completed in his home studio. Like all the GRP-era recordings, "Heads Up" was a "project record," with no band concept in mind. Jay Oliver and Dave used the computer quite a bit for composition and production, and most of the bass on this record was programmed.

However, Jimmy Earl made an appearance on a few tunes, as well as Gary Novak (the drummer!) also playing bass on a tune Dave co-wrote with him!

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Mercan Dede - Sufi Dreams 1996

Genre................: World, Electronic, Ambient, Sufi
Year.................: 1996
Label................: Golden Horn
Format...............: flac + cue + log

Delicate, sinuous arabic rhythms wind in and around themselves deep in a lush, layered garden of sighs, heartbeats and breathes while Brenna MacCrimmon's stunning voice evokes exotic vistas of the inner and outer worlds traveled to via the heart chakra. Dense, poetic, evocative and at times deeply melancholy, Sufi Dreams is trance music in the (very) old school tradition. Spiritual and meditative ancient Eastern chants and rhythms are gently and subtley married to contemporary ambient electronica in a ceremony held in the global village square. The ancient meets the newly born in a cyclic transcendence of temporal restrictions and spatial delineations which is also reflected in the circular compositional structure of the individual pieces and the entire CD.....

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Jan Somers Band - Here We Are 1993

Date Released: 1993
Genre: Jazz
Label: Timeless Records / IODA
Format: ape + cue + log

Jan Somers started off as a lead guitar player in many heavy metal rock bands (e.g. Vengeance) and has been known since many years for his very exiting way of playing. In the early ninetees Jan recorded an instrumental CD ‘Here we are’ . This particular CD containes heavy guitar improvisations on own jazz-fusion compositions , which truly can be called cross-over music. The CD was a stricking element in Jan Somers’ musical career at that time.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Vega - Andaluza (1978)

Year: 1978 (reissue — 2003, Dro East West)
Label: Fonomusic
Style: Progressive rock
Genre: Prog-folk / Flamenco-rock
Format: APE (image) +CUE+LOG

ProgArchives, erik neuteboom:
In the early Nineties I bought some Spanish progrock magazines (Sirius) in order to improve my ‘one-year-Spanish’ and to discover more of the exciting world of Spanish progressive rock. In one Sirius I noticed an add in which Angel Romero (a known Spanish proghead from Madrid who later moved to the USA) offered his entire progrock LP collection because of a dust-allergy. I felt like a vulture but it was no problem to him, he was happy with my appreciation for the socalled Rock Andaluz, the wonderful blend of Spanish flamenco and progrock. I asked him for advise and bought albums from Cai, Azahar and Vega. On this debut LP guitarplayer Tomas Vega delivers a pleasant progressive blend of flamenco and rock....

Aziza Mustafa Zadeh - Always (1993)

Released: 1993
Genre: Jazz/Mugam fusion
Format: FLAC/cue/log
Label: Columbia

Aziza Mustafa Zadeh - also known as The Princess of Jazz, or Die Prinzessin des Jazz or as Jazziza, was born in Baku on December 19, 1969 and is an Azerbaijani singer, pianist and composer who plays a fusion of jazz and mugam (a traditional improvisational style of Azerbaijan) with classical and Avant-garde influences. Reviewers have said that her style also shows some influence from Keith Jarrett.[1] She currently resides in Mainz, Germany with her mother, Eliza Mustafa Zadeh, who is also her manager. Her two favorite leisure activities, she says, are painting and sleeping. She is a vegetarian. Since 1991, Aziza sold around 15 million albums worldwide.....