Saturday, 23 July 2011

David Torn, Mick Karn, Terry Bozzio - Polytown (1994)

Format: flac + cue + log
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Progressive Rock
Release Date: 1994
Label: Creative Music Prod. Records

Guitarist David Torn, bassist Mick Karn, and drummer Terry Bozio play a total of over 20 instruments in this far-reaching musical experiment, released in 1994 on avant- fusion label CMP Records. Led by Torn's scattered almost-melodies, these ten tracks present a tribal jazz ambiance and near-constant guitar and bass noodling that fans of Torn and Karn's prior work will enjoy. Bozio's expressive percussion stylings are up to the drummer's world-class standard, and carry Polytown beyond the new age oblivion similar records inhabit. Despite the virtuoso, heavily-nuanced performances, however, this challenging collection still might not posses the cohesion necessary to interest listeners unfamiliar with so much obsessive compulsive instrumentalism. There is an uncredited nugget of prose inside the CD case that says it best; "Rivers of warm sand like snakes coil around Polytown often flooding into larger reptiles." Impossibly meaningless, but odd and beautiful -- that's the dichotomy of Polytown...

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Billy Sheehan - The Talas Years 1989

Format: flac + cue + log
Genre: Hard Rock
Release Date: 1989
Label: Relativity Records

"Billy Sheehan - The Talas Years", contains 20 tracks of the best of Talas. The disc is split into 2 different sections - Studio recordings from 1982 and the other of live performances from 1983.....

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Trilok Gurtu - Living Magic 1990

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Genre: Jazz, World Fusion
Release Date: 1990
Label: CMP Records

by Michael G. Nastos
With Jan Garbarek (saxes), Nana (per), Daniel Goyone (k). This is a septet doing Indian, Turkish, Scandinavian, and Brazilian world fusion, which is very well conceived. One of Garbarek's better efforts as collaborator or leader....

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Alfonzo Blackwell - Body Of Soul (1998)

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Genre: Saxophone, Smooth Jazz
Release Date: 1998
Label: Scotti Brothers

Original Release Date: June 30, 1998
Soulful jazz! Reaching beyond smooth jazz, Alfonzo has created a masterpiece that reaches deep into the body of one's soul. Blackwell's music is very mellow AND refreshing!

Listeners will discover that it "Feels Good" to experience love and "Passion" "Anytime".This soulful jazz music will touch your heart, body and soul. Let it move you!

Brian May & Friends - Star Fleet Project (1983)

Format: flac + cue + log
Genre: Blues Rock, Hard Rock
Release Date: 1983
Label: EMI Records

This mini-album was recorded by Brian and a group of friends: Edward Van Halen, Phil Chen, Fred Mandel and Alan Gratzer. It is essentially an extended jam session. The vinyl version of Starfleet is now getting hard to find, although these tracks are all available on CD on the Japanese Resurrection mini-album, which is stocked as an import item in many major record stores.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Radio String Quartet Vienna - Celebrating the Mahavishnu Orchestra (2007)

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Genre: Classical/Jazz
Release Date: 2007
Label: ACT Company

A string quartet paying tribute to the high energy, high velocity Mahavishnu Orchestra of the early 1970s? An oxymoronic concept perhaps, but Veinnese radio.string.quartet's Celebrating The Mahavishnu Orchestra not only honors the spirit of the group, but proves that Mahavishnu Orchestra founder/guitar icon John McLaughlin's writing can provide plenty of grist for unexpected and challenging interpretations......

Friday, 8 July 2011

Matrix - Wizard (1978)

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Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1978
Label: Wounded Bird Records

There's a wizard on the cover, but the set's way more fusion than fantasy – tightly jamming work from Matrix, a combo who shone brightly at the end of the 70s! There's more horns here than you'd find in the usual fusion group – as the group's a nonet, with Larry Darling and Jeff Pietrangelo on trumpets, Kurt Dietrich on trombone, Mike Hale on flugelhorn and trumpet, John Kirchberger on sax and flute, and Brad McDougall on trombone. John Harmon plays keyboards – both acoustic and electric – and some of the other group members handle keys as well. Titles include "Spring", "Mountolive", "Brown Boy", "Smile At The Foot Of The Ladder", and "Wizard".

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Stanley Cowell Trio - Illusion Suite (1972)

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Genre: Contemporary Jazz
Release Date: 1972
Label: ECM

AMG Review by Andrew Hamilton
Six trio selections by the Stanley Cowell Trio, featuring Stanley Clarke on bass and Jimmy Hopps on skins. Elastic and flowing best describe the mellow "Maimoun"; Cowell's crisp keyboarding is determined and feisty, and Clarke's dark, moody bass solo consummates the excursion. Cowell and Clarke display amazing technique on "Ibn Mukhtarr Mustapha," and Hopps' impressionistic drumming is head clearing. On "Cal Massey," Hopps plays as if he has four hands with a drumstick in each, Cowell's rolling piano chords are matched in fever by Clarke's bass work. "Miss Vicki" has a stalking beginning, and Clarke's bass preys like a big cat on the LP's most commercial track. The spacing is remarkable on "Emil Danenberg" and gives Clarke ample room to work his magic between Cowell's pensive playing that becomes bolder as the song progresses. An invigorating finale, "Astral Spiritual" finds each player exploring seemingly different territory keeping the listener in a tizzy trying to take it all in. Cowell composed all the material, and Manfred Eicher coordinated this pleasing production.

Afrocubism - Afrocubism (2010)

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Genre: World Music (Cuba/Mali)
Release Date: 2010
Label: World Circuit

AfroCubism is the long-awaited collaboration between Cuban and Malian musicians meant to take place when the Buena Vista Social Club was born. Songlines describes it as "a quite superb coming together of Cuban and Malian traditions to create something that sounds excitingly fresh and new." The Guardian calls it "an elegant, gently exquisite album"; the Observer says it's "a delight.

Forcefield - Forcefield III To Oz And Back 1989 (JP Remastered Ltd Mini LP Edition 2007)

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Genre: Hard Rock
Release Date: 1989
Label: President Records Ltd./Tokuma

Vocalist Graham Bonnet fronts this group consisting of drummer extraordinaire Cozy Powell, guitarists Ray Fenwick and Jan Akkerman, with Chris Cozens on keyboards, and guests like Terry Pack and Mo Foster on bass. The album begins awkwardly with a bit of bombast called "Hit and Run" but gets more hard pop with "Always," a drum beat that Roxy Music utilized on Manifesto, and that Elton John chose for "Healing Hands" under a melody that sounds totally derivative. Rocking harder than "Touch Me," the 1974 hit Fenwick composed for his group Fancy, but not as aggressive as that Top 20 song, there's the balancing act going on here of Cozy Powell's arena rock attitude and Ray Fenwick's pop sensibilities......

Saturday, 2 July 2011

The Brecker Brothers - The Brecker Brothers (1975) {Japan Mini-LP K2}

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Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Jazz-Rock
Release Date: 1975
Label: BMG / Arista

In the ’70s, brothers Michael and Randy Brecker co-led a band of New York session big shots that included, at various times, David Sanborn, Don Grolnick, Will Lee, and George Duke, among others. When they chose, the Brecker Brothers Band could be one of the most intelligent and creative fusion outfits. Chief composer/trumpeter Randy’s best tunes were structurally unpredictable, melodically intricate, and harmonically complex, inside/out bop heads played in an impossibly precise manner over a bed of funk rhythms. Unlike the bulk of jazz-funk (then and now), the Breckers — on their first record, at least — kept the pandering to a minimum......

Oliver Shanti & Friends - Seven Times Seven 1998

Format: APE + cue + log
Genre: Ambient/New Age
Release Date: 1998
Label: Sattva Ag

Music for soul and leisure from: North America, Middle East & North Africa, Far East...

According to Sattva Music "Relaxing and exciting at once! A journey on the trail of the East - from Africa to India - evoking inexplicable yearning. Powerful feelings varied and tender. 40 musicians from twelve different countries: Africa, Middle East, India, Europe and America are traveling with you through the musical cultures of their own countries. A strong bridge between different cultures."