Sunday, 30 January 2011

Scott Henderson - Tore Down House (1997)

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Genre: Blues, Fusion
Release Date: 1997
Label: Mesa Records

With a fusion of jazz, blues and rock, guitarist Scott Henderson put together a set of his own songs; the lone exception is Jaco Pastorius’ "Continuum ." Most of the album features Thelma Houston with a blues trio; Houston wails while Henderson smokes in a contemporary electric blues vein. Most of the guitarist’s career has been based on fusion; leaders with whom Henderson worked early on include Joe Zawinul, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Chick Corea with his Elektrik Band....

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Planet X - Universe 2000

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Genre: Progressive Metal/Rock
Release Date: 2000
Label: Inside Out

After a little bit of confusion whether if Derek Sherinian's "Planet X" was the first album, Universe made it clear that Planet X (the band) was to be a trio. With Derek and Virgil Donati already on the list, they just needed a rip-roaring guitarist - Tony MacAlpine answered the call! Tom Kennedy guest starred on bass on some of the tracks of the album. Tony also layed down a couple of bass tracks while working on Universe.

Shakti With John McLaughlin - Shakti With John McLaughlin (1975)

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Genre: Jazz/World,Fusion
Release Date: 1975
Label: Columbia

For his next act, the decibel champion of electric jazz shocked the world by unplugging and returning to South Indian music before an excitable audience at South Hampton College. Yet the alert John McLaughlin follower will note that beyond the reliance upon South Indian instruments and scales, there are unbroken links to records like My Goal's Beyond and the high-speed electric music that McLaughlin was casting aside at the moment. McLaughlin called his new quintet Shakti, which means "creative intelligence and beauty and power" and the music here has all of that and something else, a ferocious streak inherited from the Mahavishnu days. McLaughlin ignites "Joy" by playing at a blazing speed, his cohorts Lakshminarayana Shankar (violin), Ramnad V. Raghavan and T.H. Vinayakram (mridangam), and Zakir Hussain (tabla) keeping up with the furious unison tempos with great dexterity and discipline, while a reworking of "Lotus Feet" forms a meditative interlude.....

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Kim Plainfield + Lincoln Goines - Night and Day 2002

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Genre: Jazz/Funk,Fusion
Release Date: 2002
Label: MetaLimbo

2002 release. Drummer Kim Plainfield, known for his work with Bill Connors, and Lincoln Goines known for his work with Mike Stern and Wayne Krantz join together for this mostly instrumental fusion studio project. In the 'Where have you been dept' Guitarist Bill Connors makes a guest appearance on one track. Although this is a drummer and bassist's project, and both Kim and Lincoln play their asses off, the guitar playing on this cd shines throughout. Pat Thrall, Dan Carillo, Rudy Eisenhauer, Bill Connors, guitar; Didier Lockwood, 6 string violin; Adam Holzman, keys; Bill O'Connell, piano; Alex Foster, sax; Jon Lucien, vocals-(one track); Lincoln Goines, bass; Kim Plainfield, drums, keys; Mino Cinelu, Myra Casales, percussion. Note: Lincoln Goines fans also see Kozo Suganuma-Kozo

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Steve Morse Band - The Introduction (1984)

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Genre: Instrumental Rock, Guitar virtuoso
Release Date: 1984
Label: Musician

There's a reason Steve Morse is one of the most respected guitarists alive; he's a virtuoso that can speak, sing and cry through his instrument with a sense of melody that touches on the divine. Like seemingly every Morse album I've ever heard, The Introduction is the kind of disc you spin once to give a good first listen, then end up spinning incessantly for the next week just because there's so much to hear. It touches on any style it comes across but leaves no mistake just who you're listening to. As an introduction, though, it's probably not the best one to pay full price for. I'm happy my first buy was the wonderful Structural Damage instead.
First off: there's a lot to recommend this album. The opening "Cruise Missile" ranks with the most powerful, blazing road anthems the man's produced. The rock/jazz/country diversity he showed through all those Dregs albums is in fine form, as you can probably guess from titles like "Mountain Waltz" and "General Lee." The playing is skilled enough to make fellow musicians grit their teeth with envy. It's heavy enough to wail out of your speakers and happy enough to bring a bright ray of sunshine into any day. Most importantly, the writing is just as important as the performances themselves; those who like good string-bending and those who look for a good composition will both find a lot to enjoy here. Those who like a good lyric should just be warned that Steve does instrumental work...

Oregon - Crossing (1985)

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Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1985
Label: ECM Records

One of the earliest and finest exponents of world jazz, Oregon began life in 1970 as an offshoot of the Paul Winter Consort, in which the group's original members had played. From the beginning, the band eschewed most jazz conventions. Percussionist Collin Walcott played tabla, sitar, and dulcimer, among other instruments, but did not use a trap set; bassist Glen Moore doubled on clarinet, viola, and piano, and its front line was formed by a double-reedist (Paul McCandless) and an acoustic guitarist (Ralph Towner). The band's music differed from much of what had heretofore been considered jazz. The concept of blues and swing was given a much-reduced prominence in favor of other, less literal forms of tonal and rhythmic organization. For example, Indian ragas would occasionally replace chord changes, and talas would supplant swing time. The group's dynamic approach was quieter than typical by jazz standards, and their overall aesthetic somewhat introspective. Improvisation was central to the band's work, however, and in this sense their music is most firmly in the jazz tradition. Oregon's music is characterized by a heightened method of ensemble interaction, a rapt attention to timbral contrast, and an openness to any and all cultural influences. After Walcott's death in a car accident in 1984, the group disbanded for a time, before eventually replacing him with percussionist Trilok Gurtu.

The Magic Of The Rhodopa Mountains 2(2001)

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Genre: Ethnic, Music Of The World
Release Date: 2001
Label: Balkanton

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Joe Zawinul - To You With Love (1959)

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Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1959

Music journalism defines him a "Legend".
It may be a word overused but there isn't truly a more appropriate way to describe keyboardist/composer Joe Zawinul.
Austrian born, Joe Zawinul emigrated to the US in 1959 where he played with Maynard Ferguson and the great Dinah Washington before joining alto saxophonist great Cannonball Adderley in 1961 for nine years. Zawinul then moved on to a brief but fateful encounter and collaboration with Miles Davis, just at the time Miles was moving into the electric arena....

Govi - Cuchama 1993

Genre: NewAge / Flamenco
Label: Real Music
Original Release Date: May 6, 1993
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A sprinkling of rainbow hues from Hawaii, South America, India and the Caribbean. Backed by keyboards, hand drums and instruments from around the world, Govi's jubilant compositions and engaging guitar create the enchanting magic that is Cuchama....

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Billy Cobham - Crosswinds (1974)

Year: 1974
Style: Jazz/Fusion
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Label: Atlantic Master

Vaya Con Dios - The Promise 2004

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Year Of Release: 2004
Genre: Pop, Rock
Label: Pias

After a ten year hiatus from the spotlight, Vaya Con Dios and it's driving force, singer Dani Klein are back with a new album, The Promise. Originally formed in 1986 by Klein and then partner, bass player Dirk Schoufs with guitarist Willy Lambregt, the band achieved international success by breaking down genre barriers within popular music. By effortlessly combining a rich variety of Mediterranean rhythms, along side melancholy gypsy music, Indian, and Arab sounds, it all showcased the trademark voice of Dani Klein....

Vinnie Moore - Mind's Eye (1986)

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Genre: Instrumental Rock, Guitar virtuoso
Release Date: 1986
Label: Shrapnel

AMG by Robert Taylor :

Who's faster: Yngwie Malmsteen or Vinnie Moore? That was the question back in 1986 when this recording was released. An obvious clone of Malmsteen, Moore burst upon the scene proving that, yes, someone else could play "that fast too." The problem with Mind's Eye and the subsequent genre of shredding that followed was that it became stagnant. Malmsteen turned heads from all musical styles because of his technical proficiency back in the early '80s, but those same heads quickly turned away to find out that there was little more being offered than really fast scales. The speed alone was not enough to hold many rock or fusion fans' interests for very long, as each guitarist seemed to be playing the same ideas, just at faster speeds. Without being too hard on Moore, he is one of the more interesting of the shredders and has one of the cleaner sounds. Ironically, Tony Macalpine is the keyboardist here and would soon emerge with an identical sound to Moore's. The better moments here are on the more aggressive numbers such as "In Control" and "Saved by a Miracle," with the latter containing a decent drum solo by the underrated Tommy Aldridge and a fine acoustic introduction by Moore. Mind's Eye is a classic in the shredder community, but rates as just a display of technical ability to the casual listener.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

3rd World Electric - Kilimanjaro Secret Brew (2009)

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Year Of Release: 2009
Genre: Jazz-Rock / Jazz-Fusion
Label: Reingols Records

Wow! What do you mean groovy?!! Times of Weather Report revive. This septet swings through the roof with instrumental fusion and jazzrock. 3rd World Electric has been launched by Jonas Reingold, The Flower Kings bass player, who is not holding back his funky talent here. The Swede reveals himself as the Jaco Pastorius of the new millennium, but that’s no news. In our time he is top of the bill. He got the idea for this new band together with Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings and TransAtlantic), a well-known musician who considers this music as a tribute to keyboardist Joe Zawinul (one ballad has been name after him). It struck me that he doesn’t step in the limelight with solos, except his wahwah-contributions in the Brecker Brothers-like Tincan Robots, or the jazzy moments of the title track....

Hugues de Courson und Ahmed al Maghreby - Mozart in Egypt 1997

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Year Of Release: 1997
Genre: classic, еthno, arabic
Label: Virgin Classics

The album features Mozart compositions interpolated by Egyptian instruments and singers as well as tracks of Mozart's music recorded in the traditional Western manner but with overlaid tracks of Egyptian percussion and instrumental music that matches the tempo, rhythms and key context of the Mozart original....

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Shadowfax - Shadowfax (1982)

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Genre: New Age, World, Jazz
Style: Fusion, Contemporary Jazz, Neofolk
Year: 1982
Label: Windham Hill Records

Shadowfax is the eponymous second release from the atmospheric fusion group, and the twenty-second release on Windham Hill. With a strong Asian and Native American influence on the music, there is a different feel to this release than the folk, classical and chamber jazz releases of their label-mates. And while this is fusion and not rock – there are rock underpinnings throughout the album. While this release isn’t as dynamic as all later albums, there is a drive and flow that comes through even on the quietest tracks.....

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Count Basie - Basie Jam 1973 [24 k Gold Limited Edition CAPJ 022]

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Genre: Jazz, Swingin Blues

Label: Analogue Productions [24 k Gold Limited Edition CAPJ 022]

Year: 1973

Mastered by: Doug Sax

Santana - Santana 1969 [2007 UDCD 773]

Genre: Rock/Pop/Soul
Style: Rock, Blues-Rock, Fusion, Latin Rock
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Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab [UDCD 773] 2007
Original Release Date: 1969

*The Santana legend on record starts here, a multi-million-seller that popped two great singles ( "Jingo," "Evil Ways" ) and became a concept album listening experience in the bargain. Released in-store the day after Woodstock (August 19, 1969), the LP mixed the classic Santana recipe: a rockin' bitches brew of Soul, R&B, Afro-Cuban, Mexican, blues and jazz, and cooked it through the free form jam mode that ruled the Fillmore West stage. The original 6-man lineup cut this LP in three weeks: Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals), Gregg Rolie (keyboards, vocals), Dave Brown (bass), Mike Shrieve (drums), Jose "Chepito"Areas and Mike Carabello (percussion)....