Sunday, 26 June 2011

Charlie Haden, Jan Garbarek & Egberto Gismonti - Folk Songs (1981)

Format: flac + cue + log
Genre: Free Jazz, Fusion, Avantgarde, Contemporary Jazz
Release Date: 1981
Label: ECM Records

One of the better ECM recordings, this collaboration by bassist Charlie Haden, Jan Garbarek on tenor and soprano, and Egberto Gismonti (switching between guitar and piano) is filled with moody originals, improvisations that blend together jazz and world music, and atmospheric ensembles. This date works well both as superior background music and for close listening.

Jon Lord - Sarabande 1976

Format: APE (image + .cue + log)
Genre: Symphonic Rock
Release Date: 1983
Label: Line Records


Recorded between 3rd and 6th September 1975 at the Stadt Halle
Oererckenschwick near Dusseldorf with the Dieter Dierks Mobile Recording Studio
using AGFA P.E.M. 408 master tape.
Engineered by Martin Birch (The WASP).
Remixed by Martin Birch at Musicland Studios (Munich), assisted by Hans Menzel.
Mastered at Kendun Recorders in Burbank CA.
Produced by Jon Lord and Martin Birch.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Sean Malone - Cortlandt (1996)

Format: flac + cue + log
Genre:Jazz/Progressive Rock/Fusion
Release Date: 1996 [2007]
Label: Free Electric

By John Kelman

Sometimes people become misrepresented early on. Sean Malone first came to attention as the bassist for death/technical metal band Cynic, but has since garnered more notice for his versatile playing with his fusion/progressive group Gordian Knot. That Malone—who also plays the tapped stick—recorded Cortlandt in 1996, not long after Cynic's Focus (Roadrunner, 1993), makes it even more remarkable. Originally a limited release on Audioimage, it's become something of a cult record—and for good reason. This welcome reissue finally brings it into wider release and includes a bonus track that says plenty about Malone's reach—Pat Metheny's "Unquity Road."

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Conception - Parallel Minds 1993

Format: ape + cue + log
Genre:Melodic Metal
Release Date: 1993
Label: Noise Records

Review - The Metal Observer:
Label-wise released roundabout two months BEFORE the real debut, "Parallel Minds" shows us matured CONCEPTION, the compositions are rounder and more compact, as you can hear in the opening up-tempo-track "Water Confines".....

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Steve Smith George Brooks Prasanna - The Raga Bop Trio (2010)

Format: flac + cue + log
Genre: Jazz, Music, World
Release Date: 2010
Label: Abstract Logix

Product Description
The music of the Raga Bop Trio is an organic blend of jazz, rock, funk, afro-caribbean and Indian classical music. In this music there is the strong influence of western harmony and melody as well as U.S. style grooves and Euro-jazz atmospheric feels. From the Indian side, George Brooks brings his expertise in the north Indian Hindustani style and Prasanna - being from Chennai, India - is an expert in the south Indian Carnatic style. I grew up with the U.S. jazz/groove concept and starting in 2002 I've incorporated north and south Indian rhythms into my playing. For me, the distinctive quality of the Raga Bop Trio is that the writing and playing employ a seamless amalgamation of all the individual components.


Monday, 13 June 2011

Vlatko Stefanovski Trio - Thunder From The Blue Sky 2008

Format: flac + cue + log
Genre: Blues-rock
Release Date: 2008
Label: Esoteria Records

Blues music has never only been about endless guitar solos and licks, but the emotions and feelings that pull those guitar strings. Be it happy or sad or angry, it has never been limited geographically, except in some minds, and has become a universal language that many people identify with.....


Saturday, 11 June 2011

Bodurov Trio - Stamps From Bulgaria 2008

Format: flac + cue + log
Genre:Jazz, Ethnic/Jazz
Release Date: 2008
Label: Challenge Records

"Stamps from Bulgaria" is the result of a long-term investigation into Bulgarian Folklore and its correlation with other music traditions and instruments. For me, there were two personal challenges in this project: as composer and as pianist.

My approach as composer was to avoid rearranging these songs, but rather to treat them as any other compositional element such as a major triad, a rhythmical phrase, intervals, etc. Thus establishing a process of de- and re-construction, which will eventually result in a new musical form, which is sometimes closer to the original than others.

On selecting the songs, I searched carefully for any personal and emotional connection and/or something unique (such as odd time measure, lyrics, or just a melody), which also contained enough dramatic potential, yet leaving room for exploration.

As a pianist I referred to the traditional singing and instruments in an attempt to apply their specific characteristics on the piano keyboard. I treated the piano as a melodic rather than harmonic instrument, which is its most common function.

All songs come from different regions of Bulgaria. Some are more popular than others. It is of course arguable which songs are actually Bulgarian, but this issue gives another dimension to my research and poses the question of national identity - a much discussed issue in a modern multi-cultural society.
-Dimitar Bodurov

Friday, 10 June 2011

Graham Bonnet - Here Comes The Night (1991)

Format: ape + cue + log
Release Date: 1991
Label: President

Graham Bonnet's illustrious singing career includes hit singles "Night Games" and "Since You've Been Gone" with Rainbow. Apart from working with Richie Blackmore and Michael Schenker, he can be credited with having helped the careers of Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, and Chris Impelliteri all of whom played in bands with him. On this set he covers classic pop songs alongside quality original material. Truly outstanding.....