Sunday, 27 February 2011

David Cross – Memos From Purgatory (1989)

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Genre: Progressive Rock, Jazz Rock/Fusion
Release Date: 1989
Label: KING Records

(Review from,

This is the first album David Cross released under his own name. Like on his later albums, Cross is supported by several other musicians, but more than his other albums, “Memos From Purgatory” sounds like a solo album, even though three of the eight songs were written by Sheila Maloney. The album is completely instrumental.

David Cross also directed the staging of “Memos From Purgatory” at the Half Moon Theatre and other venues using dancers, musicians, lights, slides, etc....

Zucchero - Miserere 1992

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Genre: Blues, Funk / Soul, Pop-Rock
Release Date: 1992
Label: London Records

Zucchero's sixth studio album, Miserere was his first to reach the American audience. Released internationally in 1992, it features 12 original tracks written in Kenya, London, Dublin, Liverpool, New Orleans, and Camargue, France. A close listen to the album even today will astonish the most unfaithful and skeptical listener with Zucchero's maturity and down-to-earth raw feeling, and with its simple messages and an amazing degree of grooviness. Miserere gave Zucchero the opportunity to test himself in the American market and the confidence to support his fiery live shows. The title track, a duet with Maestro Luciano Pavarotti, is a compassionate, if slightly weird and cool, tribute to the end of 19th-century Italian opera tradition....

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Niacin - Niacin (1997)

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Genre: Neo-Fusion
Release Date: 1997
Label: Stretch Records

Review:Robert Taylor, All Music Guide

This is the debut recording of the power trio Niacin, comprised of organist John Novello, bassist Billy Sheehan, and drummer Dennis Chambers. The pet project of Sheehan, it is part acid jazz, part progressive rock, and part jazz-rock fusion, all built around Novello's dominating sound. They have obviously learned from some of fusion's previous pitfalls and keep the pyrotechnics to a minimum in deference to strong grooves, patient tension building, and memorable melodies.

Christophe Rime - Heavy Loud Funk Menuet 2003

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Genre: Jazz / Nu-Jazz / Fusion
Release Date: 2003
Label: Night and Day

A robust and vigorous rhythmic dusted with a soft lyric madness. Thus Rime describes his new album. Rime is a guitarist warm and spontaneous. His playing intense and energetic, his complex compositions, but obvious musicality, we quickly unveil his musical influences: Wes Montgomery, Van Hallen or Herbie Hancock.A away from austere and impersonal musical moods of our century, invented an electric Rime Jazz-old.


Rime fell into the magic cauldron of music as a child. After an early start on drums, he soon found himself enchanted by the guitar. His first experiences as a young performer were at private parties after school. At 16, he received his first commission: to write the score of a short film by the daughter of the monumental French actor, Jean Gabin.
He began to play regularly in Paris jazz clubs, including the Utopia, Sunset, Petit journal Montparnasse, and New Morning.

His guitar-playing talent attracted attention. At the tender age of 19, he crossed the Atlantic to study at the mythical Berklee College of Music in Boston. On guitar, he enjoyed collaborations with Dany Walsh, Makoto Ozone, the Bocle brothers and Stephane Allard (Montreal Symphonic Orchestra).

On his return to France, Rime continued his craft as a studio and live session guitarist for French mainstream singers. Alongside this career as a sideman, he put together a band with the evocative name "Kab Kabinet et les chasses du Comte Zaroff". He also played on the first Ultramarine album "Programme Jungle", then embarked upon a 'lyrical fusion' experiment with Nguyen Le in the weird and wonderful group Soap Op. Dominique di Piazza (John Mc Laughlin) and Stephane Huchard were among the other talents involved in Christophe Rime's musical adventures around this time.
From the 1990s Rime turned his hand increasingly to production and arrangement. He worked on the "Magic Hands " album by the Indian star Kakoli (co-produced by Peter Gabriel), produced the " Soul Preserves " album and singles "Stairway to Heaven" and "The Darkstone will Shine " by the singer Audren, plus the Georges Seba album, to mention a few.

1995 saw the release of his first album, entitled "RIME", on Night and Day records. Christophe is accompanied by Mokhtar Samba, Michel Alibo and Pierre Olivier Govin. " RIME " received favourable reviews and his melodies are used as title sequences for a number of radio shows.
An eclectic artist, Rime is also a composer and arranger of music for video games, such as Motoracer II (over 1,700,000 copies sold), Darkstone (880,000 copies) and Motoracer World Tour/ Motoracer 3 (800,000 copies), featuring Luc Van Acker (Ministry, Won Ton Ton ).

In June 2000, he was awarded the "Sound for 2000" prize by the Val de Marne regional council, the resulting work "Vert l'an 2000" was performed in public from October. He has since composed music for television advertisements, documentaries and series on all French national broadcasters (TF6, FR2, FR3, FR5, MCM, Arte, Eurosport..).
2003 finally sees the release of his second album " Heavy Loud Funk Menuet ", which had been in the cooking pot for over two years. Released on Night and Day, and featuring such prestigious guests as Paco Sery, Linley Marthe and Laurent De Wilde, the album treats the listener to a blend of electro and jazz-fusion. It stayed several months in the top 5 of the TSF (#1 French Jazz Radio) playlist.

In 2005, the album " Blues Back Home " (Night and Day) wins wide acclaim. Sitting somewhere between Blues and World music, the record enables Rime to return to his first love : the Delta Blues. Etienne Mbappe, Djeli Moussa Diawara, Roger Biwandu, Allen Hoist are among those bringing their warmth to this enchanting musical voyage. Several songs from the album are included in the film soundtrack of " Frankie " (with Diane Kruger) in 2006.
Christophe Rime has been also Director of the Centre des Musiques Actuelles, music school in Valenciennes from 2004 to 2007.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Northern Kings - Reborn (2007)

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Genre: Symphonic Metal, Power Metal
Release Date: 2007
Label: Warner Music Finland

Review from amazon,

Northern Kings is a Finnish symphonic metal cover supergroup. The Kings are comprised of four vocalists, who are all frontmen of successful Finnish heavy metal bands — Marco Hietala from ‘Nightwish’ and ‘Tarot’, Tony Kakko from ‘Sonata Arctica’, JP Leppaluoto from ‘Charon’ and Jarkko Ahola from ‘Terasbetoni’. Each vocalist has his own trademark sound, including deep, satanic, operatic metal rock vocals. It’s all-consuming and larger than life....

Delain - Lucidity (2006)

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Genre: Gothic Metal, Symphonic Metal
Release Date: 2006
Label: Roadrunner Records

Lucydity es el impresionante álbum debut de Delain, un proyecto único de Rock Gótico iniciado por el Tecladista Martijn Westerholt. (ex-Within Tempation). Él se ha rodeado de un número de músicos extremadamente talentosos tales como el Bajista Marko Hielata (Nightwish, Tarot), el Guitarrista Jan Yrlund (ex-Lacrimosa) y la vocalista Noruega Liv Kristine (ex-Theatre of Tragedy, Leaves’ Eyes)...

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - The Alternative Classical Chillout Album (2003)

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Genre: classic, chillout, instrumental
Release Date: 2003
Label: N2k

Recorded fresh in 2002, this album brings together 15 of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's stunning classical interpretations of modern masterpieces. Songs which themselves have a classical leaning through either structure or sound, captured together on a record with the full orchestral reading. This is a truly thrilling album and the real alternative classical chill out album....

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Cheiro De Vida - Vivo 1988

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Genre: progressive-jazz, Jazz-rock, fusion
Release Date: 1988
Label: CV

Cheiro De Vida was formed by ANDRE GOMES (bass guitar), CARLOS MARTAU (guitars) and ALEXANDRE FONSECA (drums) in 1980 and were initially based in the Rio Grande do Sul, (in the southern part of Brazil). [Prior to this, the trio had been a jam band but with the addition of PAULO SEPEKOVIA (also on guitar), the newly formed CHEIRO DE VIDA moved in jazz rock fusion]. Moving to Sao Paulo in 1981, they recorded an album as the backing band for Brazilian singer DIANA PEQUENO, subsequently becoming her touring band travelling all over the country.

At the end of 1982, the band returned to their hometown, Porto Alegre, and recorded a second album again as the support band for the singer BEBETO ALVES, for the live "Noticia Urgente". AT this time they also became the support band for singer VICTOR RAMIL whilst being able to maintain their own solo band activities. In 1983 they began to record their first album "Cheiro de Vida", which would see release a year later. To finance the recording costs, 850 special editions were presold to friends and fans. Then as luck has it, a few weeks before the album was due to be pressed, a small record label ACIT offered to take care of its promotion and distribution, in exchange of releasing it on their imprint. The offer was accepted but unfortunately this turned out to be a bad business decision: whilst not receiving any proper promotion nor royalties, it would take the band 10 years to recover their recording masters....

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni ba - Segu Blue (2006)

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Genre: World Music
Release Date: 2006
Label: Out/Here

BBC Review
Some of the most exquisite African music making of recent times.

Garth Cartwright 2007-03-22

Segu Blue is a highly accomplished album from Malian ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate. The ngoni is an ancient traditional lute found throughout West Africa and Kouyate appears to be the musician who will introduce it to Western audiences in much the same way his friend (and occasional employer) Toumani Diabate has made the kora internationally popular....

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Scott Henderson & Tribal Tech - Spears 1985

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Genre: Jazz, Fusion
Release Date: 1985
Label: Passport Jazz

by Alex Henderson
Scott Henderson's perfectly summarized his outlook when, in 1991, he told L.A. Jazz Scene: "Fusion isn't a dirty word to me. I'm proud to call myself a fusion player." Indeed, real jazz-fusion -- spontaneous, risk-taking and improvisatory -- is exactly what the electric guitarist passionately and enthusiastically embraces on Spears, his debut album. Drawing on such influences as Return to Forever, ...

Gary Moore - Still Got The Blues 1990 [2003 Virgin Remaster]



On Sunday 6th February 2011 musician Gary Moore died in his sleep of a heart attack while on holiday in Spain.

Acknowledged as one of the finest guitarists that the British Isles has ever produced; Gary Moore’s career dated back to the sixties. Moore graced the line-ups of several notable rock bands including Thin Lizzy, Collosseum II and Skid Row, to name but three, and to this year maintained a highly successful solo career.

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Genre: Blues-rock, Blues
Release Date: 1990
Label: Virgin Records

Released in 1990, this CD should pretty much be old news now, and it would seem that most everyone has either heard this CD for themselves or gotten an opinion on it from a trusted friend. Still, whenever someone asks me to make a few recommendations for guitar oriented blues-rock CD's, Still Got The Blues is always in my first list of suggestions. A surprising number of times the recipient of my suggestions either has not heard of Gary Moore or hasn't heard this CD. If you enjoy blues-rock guitar and don't have this one in your collection, read on....

Friday, 11 February 2011

Gary Moore - Wild Frontier (1987) [2003 Virgin Remaster]



On Sunday 6th February 2011 musician Gary Moore died in his sleep of a heart attack while on holiday in Spain.

Acknowledged as one of the finest guitarists that the British Isles has ever produced; Gary Moore’s career dated back to the sixties. Moore graced the line-ups of several notable rock bands including Thin Lizzy, Collosseum II and Skid Row, to name but three, and to this year maintained a highly successful solo career.

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Genre: Rock
Release Date: 1987
Label: Virgin Records

The drums are sequenced with a drum machine, but the programming is uncredited in the liner

notes of the album
Additional engineer: Chris Porter.
Additional producers: Pete Smith, James "Jimbo" Barton, Mike Stone.

Wild Frontier is a 1987 album by Gary Moore. His first studio album after a trip back to his native Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1985, this album has several songs about Ireland and even the music itself is steeped in Celtic roots. The title track was intended to be sung by Phil Lynott, however Lynott's death in January 1986 prevented that. The album is dedicated to the memory of Phil Lynott, with the words "For Philip" on the rear cover. This album contains the hit "Over the Hills and Far Away", which reached #20 in the UK as well as a cover of the Australian band The Easybeats' hit of the middle of the 1960s, "Friday on My Mind"....

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Jaco Pastorius - Word of Mouth (1981)

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Genre: Bass, Jazz
Release Date: 1981
Label: Warner Bros

In 1981, while still with Weather Report, Jaco Pastorius amassed this unremitting, topnotch big band into which he threads anything that appealed to his vast jazz imagination--from the bell-clanging Caribbean to the burning soul of R&B to the jaunty European boulevards. On board are Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Peter Erskine, Jack DeJohnette, Michael Brecker, Don Alias, and others....

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Marty Friedman - Dragon's Kiss (1988)

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Genre: Instrumental rock, neo-classical metal
Release Date: 1988
Label: Shrapnel

Dragon's Kiss is the debut studio album by guitarist Marty Friedman, released in 1988 on Shrapnel Records....

Jacques Loussier Trio - Antonio Vivaldi - The Four Seasons 1997

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Genre: New Jazz
Release Date: 1997
Label: P&C /Россия/

Pianist Jacques Loussier has certainly had an unusual career, much of it spent performing jazz interpretations of Bach's music. While his original works have been noteworthy, Loussier's most famous projects have been his transformations of Bach's music. In 1997 he tackled Vivaldi's Four Seasons, four concertos that he performed and recorded with his trio....