Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Airto Moreira - Free (1972)

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Genre: Jazz Fusion, Jazz, Latin Jazz, Jazz-Funk
Release Date: 1972
Label: Sony/Epic

Other than a couple of obscure efforts for Buddah in 1970, this was percussionist Airto's debut as a leader, and this is still his most famous record. A brass section arranged by Don Sebesky is heard on two tracks, and such all-stars as keyboardist Chick Corea, flutist Hubert Laws, the reeds of Joe Farrell, and even pianist Keith Jarrett and guitarist George Benson make worthwhile appearances. Flora Purim joins Airto in the one vocal piece ("Free"), and "Return to Forever" receives an early recording. The music combines together jazz, Brazilian music, and aspects of fusion and funk quite successfully.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Alex Skolnick Trio - Goodbye To Romance 2002

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Genre: Modern Jazz, Fusion, Guitar Virtuoso
Release Date: 2002
Label: Skol Productions

Take classic hard rock tunes from the 70s and 80s by the likes of Kiss, Scorpions, Black Sabbath and others. Rearrange them with rich harmonies and pulsating grooves of swing, funk and Latin. Throw in fiery improvisations on hollowbody guitar, double-bass and drums. What do you get? The Alex Skolnick Trio. At age eighteen, Alex Skolnick became a guitar hero with the metal band Testament. A few years and several albums later, he went on to perform and study jazz in New York, earning a music degree. Now, the worlds of metal and jazz have come together. Hear the result on "Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation."

Glenn Hughes & Joe Lynn Turner - Michael Men Project 'Made In Moscow 2005

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Genre: Blues Rock, Hard Rock, Classic Rock
Release Date: 2005
Label: Inna Records

Made In Moscow is a studio album by the Michael Men Project, a Russian based hard-rock outfit founded by then Deputy Mayor of Moscow Mikhail Men (a.k.a. Michael Men). The album features two guest vocalists in the form of hard-rock veterans Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/ Trapeze/ Black Sabbath) and Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple / Rainbow/ Yngwie Malmsteen). The album was released in July 2005 on Inna Records.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Africando - Ketukuba 2006

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Genre: Mambo, Salsa, Cuban Traditions
Release Date: 2006
Label: Stern's Africa

After a year of musical soul-searching Africando have returned with arguably their best recording so far. It is hard to know if it is because the multi-cultural band was galvanised by the premature losses of Alfredo Rodriguez (who arranged three of the album’s songs) and Beninois crooner Gnonas Pedro. Or is it the result of the maturity they have accumulated in the last 15 years, allied to the injection of new blood, in the form of Senegalese singers Basse Sarr and Pascal Dieng, and American salsero Joe King.....

Friday, 9 September 2011

Shadow Gallery - Shadow Gallery (1992)

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Genre: Progressive Metal/Progressive Rock
Release Date: 1992
Label: Magna Carta

This is Shadow Galleryґs debut album. The album was released in 1993 which was progressive metals heyday. Just about every progressive metal band who released albums in the early nineties were considered innovative and original. I clearly remember those days with joy. Bands like Dream Theater, Psychotic Waltz, Queensrяche, Sieges Even and Fates Warning were some of my favorites back then ( and some of them still are). I didnґt listen to Shadow Gallery then, but itґs really a shame as this album has lots of good elements.

Shadow Gallery is in the eighties progressive metal style that bands like Queensrяche and Crimson Glory is also an exponent for. There is a bit of Dream Theater in the instrumental runs but Shadow Gallery also has strong neo classical US power metal leanings that can be compared to a band like Symphony X. Their solos which are played by both guitar and keyboards have a similar style to the one used by Symphony X. The vocal style is comparable to Geoff Tate from Queensrяche even though I also hear a Midnight ( Crimson Glory) sneer once and again.....

Saturday, 3 September 2011

City Of Sound - Beneath The Smooth Surface (2002)

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Genre: Jazz, Acid Jazz
Release Date: 2002
Label: Liquid