Tuesday, 29 March 2011

WDR Big Band - Blues & Beyond 1994

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Genre: Big Band, Jazz
Release Date: 1994
Label: BHM Productions

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Frank Zappa - Trance Fusion 2006

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Genre: Instrumental rock
Release Date: 2006
Label: Zappa Records

Friday, 25 March 2011

Panzerballett - Starke Stucke 2008

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Genre: Metal-Jazz, Fusion
Release Date: 2008
Label: Act

Those who bemoaned the breakup of the short-lived quintet version of mid-1990s group Lost Tribe which, along with saxophonist David Binney, bassist Fima Ephron and drummer Ben Perowsky, featured the twin guitar salvo of David Gilmore and Adam Rogers, will welcome the ACT debut of guitarist Jan Zeherfeld's Panzerballett. With a similar lineup, Panzerballett is as intrepid as Lost Tribe ever was in finding unexpected ways to bring together styles many would consider incompatible....

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Rabih Abou-Khalil - Al-Jadida (1991)

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Genre: Jazz, World Fusion
Release Date: 1991
Label: Enja

Rabih Abou-Khalil, among the rare Arabic musicians who have recorded and played extensively with jazz musicians, successfully navigates the middle ground between traditional North African sounds and hard bop. Besides the leader's oud and flute, alto saxophonist Sonny Fortune provides the blues bite; bassist Glen Moore, the rhythmic connection, and percussionists Ramesh Shotham and Nabil Khaiat, provide the African seasoning.....

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Uncle Moe's Space Ranch - Uncle Moe's Space (2001)

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Genre: Fusion
Release Date: 2001
Label: Tone Center

While Uncle Moe's Space Ranch is definitely a fusion group, their music complete with complex arrangements and blazing instrumental wizardry, they differentiate themselves from many other fusion bands by distancing themselves far from their 70's forefathers. There's a very modern sound to this music, which draws heavy influences from electronica, but never makes the mistake of trying to crossover too far into that genre...

Eddie Hardin - Wizard's Convention (1976)

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Genre: Hard-, Blues-, Classic Rock
Release Date: 1976
Label: Repertoir Records

Having witnessed first hand the enjoyment and musical freedom experienced by Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover during the making of his 'concept' "Butterfly Ball" album ex-Spencer Davis Group keyboardist Eddie Hardin felt sufficiently inspired to partially follow suit by inviting a variety of musicians who he'd always wanted to work with to contribute to a new studio
project he had in mind. Recalls Hardin "Basically I'd written quite a lot of songs which I felt maybe suited other peoples voices and styles rather then my own." Some of the 'other peoples voices' he enlisted to help him included ex-Manfred Mann vocalist Mike D'Abo, ex-Dave Clark Five man Mike Smith, future Londonbeat mainman Jimmy Helms and ex-Deep Purple members David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. "Glenn was great, he came to the studio, had a bottle of whiskey and some fish 'n' chips and then laid down his vocal"....

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Victor Wooten - A Show Of Hands (1995)

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Genre: Fusion
Release Date: 1995
Label: Vanguard

Review by Bob Gottlieb

This is one of the most ambitious albums I have run across. The only instrument on it other than bass guitar is voice. Before you come to a sliding stop, give it a moment and listen to the beauty that comes forth from the speakers. "It won't hold my interest!" you say. "Horse feathers!" say I. This is an album from the heart of a thinking and feeling human, who has so much to give. I was skeptical for about 20 seconds, then I was hooked into it. It is complex/it is simple. It is here/there. Confusing/Straightforward. Straight/Narrow. Big/Small. Top/Bottom. Put it on and open up to the music....

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Juan Carmona - Sinfonia Flamenca (2006)

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Genre: Flamenco, World
Release Date: 2006
Label: Le Chant du Monde

”A work where the guitar reigns supreme in the shock encounter between the two very different worlds of classical music and the purest andalusian tradition, and the blend of composed and improvised music.”

"In collaboration with the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra, Diego Carrasco, Pepe Luis Carmona, Macanita, Esperanza Fernandez, Guadiana, Diego Amador, Joaquim Grilo"....

Saturday, 5 March 2011

John Macaluso & Union Radio - The Radio Waves Goodbye (2007)

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Genre: Progressive Metal / Rock / Fusion
Release Date: 2007
Label: Lion Music

John Macaluso is one of the most respected drummers in rock. He has played on close to 200 albums, including on the highly acclaimed Ark albums, Yngwie Malmsteen's Alchemy, and TNT's Realized Fantasies. Obviously, this has helped him get some of progressive metal's finest musicians on his first solo album, which he set out to make the best ever album of his career....

Marco Zurzolo Band - 7 e mezzo (2005)

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Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2005
Label: EGEA Records & Distribution

The jazz in the style of Marco Zurzolo
The rite of the Madonna of the Arch, the poems of Raffaele Viviani and the mask of Pulcinella. Three icons of the Neapolitan, and three times of the career of the saxophonist and composer Marco Zurzolo " Votive "," Naples belly of the South "and" Pulcinella ", all published by ' Egea Records . And, again for the ' Aegean Records , released " Seven and a half , "his latest album. Although Naples, intended more as a way of being inside a geographical place, is always very present in his music today, " Seven and a half, is the beginning of a new way of looking at music, more intimate and romantic. I named this work as a game of cards because as players we just concentrated on our way on our end, without thinking that sometimes you have to wait and watch what happens to the world around us. I called like a game of cards Neapolitan because Naples is always present in my life and, at this particular time, is emblematic of this attitude " ( Marco Zurzolo )....