Monday, 26 December 2011

Satisfaction - Satisfaction (1971)

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Genre: Jazz-Rock, Prog-Rock
Original Release Date: 1971
Label: Esoteric

2008 digitally remastered reissue of the eponymous debut album from the Jazz/Rock outfit, originally released in 1971. Satisfaction was a short-lived Jazz/Progressive outfit formed by trumpet and horn player Mike Cotton, a veteran of the early '60's British R&B boom. The group also included John Beecham (trombone), Derek Griffiths (guitar, vocals), Bernie Higginson (drums, vocals), Lem Lubin (saxophone) and Nick Newell (saxophone). John Beecham had previously been in the Mike Cotton Sound, whilst Griffiths had been a member of the highly regarded Artwoods with Keef Hartley and Jon Lord. By the late 1960's, Jazz was crashing headlong into the world of Rock and Mike Cotton assembled a group of like-minded musicians to explore the musical possibilities in this area. Esoteric.

Joe Farrell Quartet - Joe Farrell 1970

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Genre: Jazz
Original Release Date: 1970
Label: CBS

by Scott Yanow
Joe Farrell, known in the '60s as a solid hard bop tenor saxophonist, branched out in the '70s. On this near-classic album, Farrell switches between tenor, soprano, flute, and even oboe while being joined by a rather notable backup crew: keyboardist Chick Corea, guitarist John McLaughlin, bassist Dave Holland, and drummer Jack DeJohnette. In addition to a famous version of McLaughlin's "Follow Your Heart," the material includes originals by Farrell and Corea, and the leader makes a strong impression on each of his horns.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Vitalij Kuprij - High Definition 1997

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Genre: Neo-Classical Metal / Instrumental Metal / Progressive Metal
Original Release Date: 1997
Label: Shrapnel Records

Classic Rock Forum
The following compositions contain all the elements that make this music so grand; melody, harmony, structure, rhythm, precision, aggression, speed, synchronization, perfect execution, and sophistication. Every track on this album is exceptional! The energy these two musicians have together, along with the outstanding drumming from Jon Dornan, will undoubtedly set your ears on fire.

High Definition is a very intense album. A monstrous masterpiece that goes beyond the genre of neo-classical, which I hope you’ll find as inspiring and rewarding as I have.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Sixun - Pygmees 1987

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Genre: Jazz, Jazz-Funk
Original Release Date: 1987
Label: Open

MJBrady Published on: 24 Feb 2002
On Pygmees, We are hearing the definitive sound of this French fusion bands personality. They are a highly talented band that plays fusion in the Weather Report style, with a much more funky edge to the backbeat. Imagine if Jaco Pastorius, Miroslav Vituous or Alphonso Johnson(all Weather Report bassists at one time or another), were to have been replaced by the likes of Alain Caron, Louis Johnson, or some other super funky bassist. That is what the vibe is like, very uptempo music with sax, key, and guitar doing tight chart section melodies, and a killer rhythm section that just won't quit. The musicianship is as good as it gets, and though the music has the funk factor, the Zawinul influence is present in the way the band is utilizing chord developement, and of course the dissharmonic sax really captures the style of Wayne Shorter to a tee at at times. Sixun also explores the more ambiant side of fusion with some world music songs, though this is not representing the majority of music, these are only side dishes for the energetic stuff. Sixun is music that is best played loud, with the bass on high, it can even motivate you to get things done while listening. If you have a liking for funky, jazz heavy, fusion, with a big influence from Weather Report, this is highly recommended....

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Wardruna - Runaljod - gap var Ginnunga 2009

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Genre: Folk
Original Release Date: 2009
Label: Indie Recordings

Sowing New Seeds, Strengthening Old Roots
Wardruna is a Norwegian musical constellation set out to explore and evoke the depths of Norse wisdom and spirituality. Musically Wardruna has its main focus on the cultic musical language found in the near-forgotten arts of galder, seidr and the daily acts of the cultic life, mixed with impulses from Norwegian / Nordic folk music and music from other indigenous cultures.

The upcoming album entitled ‘gap var Ginnunga’ will be the first in the planned Runaljod trilogy that will interpret the runes of the elder futhark. The subsequent albums will be entitled ‘Yggdrasil’ and ‘Ragnarok’. Each album will feature eight runes, but not in accordance with the order of the three aettirs (families), which is most commonly used. ‘gap var Ginnunga’ will feature the following runes:

Hagal Bjarkan Thurs Jara Laukr Kauna Algir Dagr
Recordings partly take place outdoors at locations relevant to the different runes. The instruments we use are mainly old and historical instruments, such as deer-hide frame drums and ceremonial drums, mouth harp, clove / hoof rattles from deer and goat, bone flute, goat and cow horns, Hardanger fiddle and bowed lyres. More unconventional inputs like trees, stones, water, fire etc. are also employed to enhance the nature of the rune being ‘portrayed’.
-Kvitrafn, 2007

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Stanley Clarke - Journey To Love (1975)

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Genre: Jazz, Fusion, jazz - rock
Original Release Date: 1975
Label: Sony (This copy = Epic/Columbia)

Description By P. McKenna "theowlwatches" (Atlanta GA.) []

01 - Silly Putty

Stanley and George Duke kick out the funk with TONS of melody and good vibes. Great horn charts that would do Tower of Power proud, plus, I used to LOVE playing this tune on bass myself to warm up with. Great fun.

02 - Journey To Love

The one real weak track that could've been a gem if the dippy L Ron Hubbard lyrics and vocals were eliminated altogether, would've been a cool instrumental though not groundbreaking by any means....

Monday, 12 December 2011

Aghora - Aghora 1999

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Genre: Jazz-Metal, Progressive Metal
Release Date: 1999
Label: Dobles Productions

Several acts have risen from the broken remains of technical jazz-metal
legends Cynic, and not the least among them is this shining gem of a band.
Aghora takes the deft rhythmic foundation of their progenitors and combines
it seamlessly with a presentation that's not so much metal as it is a melting
pot of Middle Eastern-influenced exoticism drenched in a metal aesthetic. I
suppose it would be accurate enough to say that there's about as much metal
on this disc as there was on Cynic's Focus.

Without a doubt, guitarist and primary songwriter Santiago Dobles employs
an arsenal of absolutely crushing riffs, as well as searing solos that evoke
images of John McLaughlin at his finest... but these things rarely dominate
the music. Indeed, inbetween occasional assaults of metallic fury Santiago
displays very subtle guitar work that includes classic Indian melodies which
stand as a consistent theme throughout the course of the album, exotic solo
pieces and soothing chord progressions as heard throughout "Frames",
atmospheric flailing as he dances with bassist Sean Malone on the
instrumental "Jivatma", and even extensive use of the sitar as heard primarily
on the closer "Anugraha". Santiago displays a wide range of influences that
stretch well past McLaughlin, and he effectively manages to not sound quite
like any of them - the result is extremely inspired, energetic, creative, and full
of fervor no matter what he happens to be playing....

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Dusko Goykovich - Swinging Macedonia 1966

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Genre: Jazz
Original Release Date: 1966
Label: Enja

Japanese reissue of the classic jazz album originally released on Enja, digitally remastered with a limited edition miniature LP sleeve reproduction of the original artwork. Recorded in 1966. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Friday, 9 December 2011

G3 - G3 Live Rockin in the Free world (2004)

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Genre: Guitar virtuoso, Rock
Release Date: 2004
Label: Epic

Recorded live at The Uptown Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri on October 21, 2003.

Eight years after its maiden jaunt, the G3 concert series continues to celebrate six-string excess for guitar geeks across the globe. The brainchild of legend Joe Satriani, G3 showcases Satch, his accomplished former student Steve Vai, and a wildcard support act. While the series has featured axe-slingers of a bluesier sort, the 2003 tour found the neo-classical king Yngwie Malmsteen joining the fretboard fray....

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Dominic Miller - Second Nature 1999

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Genre: Fusion, Acoustic Guitar
Release Date: 1999
Label: Rutis UK

REVIEW: The Times

As part of Sting's band, guitarist Dominic Miller sometimes gets overlooked. Even though the 40-year-old has the looks of a lean, shaggy-haired, Strat-toting youngster, he seems to get a little taken for granted in his role as guitar factotum. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the recent string of Sting gigs at the Albert Hall in which he was also accompanied by such jazz luminaries as keyboardist Jason Rebello and trumpeter Chris Botti. Now Miller's second solo album has arrived and it's time for him to take the spotlight. 'Second Nature' shows a very different side of this versatile Buenos Aires-born musician. Although Miller may have spent years playing rock'n'roll as a session player, his own music owes a huge debt to his Brazilian heroes Antonio Carlos Jobim and Baden Powell, and as a result the 12 songs here sing of South America - ringing, lyrical numbers plucked and strummed by a guitarist who remains true to his roots....

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Demon Fuzz - Afreaka! (1970)

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Genre: Jazz-Rock, Funk, Psychedelic , Acid Rock
Release Date: 1970
Label: Esoteric Recordings

Product Info;

This is the classic long lost British psychedelic funk album by Demon Fuzz

In a just world, Demon Fuzz would have been very successful. Sadly, however, the only real success they enjoyed is the fact that many club DJs now use their samples frequently. Although the band played most of the British underground festivals in the early seventies, Demon Fuzz were simply too way-out to make a significant impact on the college crowd and as a result they broke up after 18 months on the scene. Released in 1970 the band’s only album, the extraordinary Afreaka!, demonstrates their excellence in playing psychedelic soul, dub-heavy funk, progressive rock, Afro-jazz and black acid rock. Demon Fuzz these days are amongst the most bootlegged and sampled bands from the early 70s British underground. This re-release, which includes the stunning and rare EP that at the time was released along with the album, tells the band’s full story for the first time ever.

Jeff Berlin - Taking Notes 1997

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Genre: Jazz, Fusion
Release Date: 1997
Label: Denon Records - AGAT

by Scott Yanow
Jeff Berlin is a superb electric bassist, and the music on this CD, although it has its rock and funk moments, is quite jazz-oriented. On some selections, Berlin is joined by four or five horns playing big-band-style riffs. While the bassist is in the spotlight much of the time (including a duet with keyboardist Clare Fischer on "Imagine" and an unaccompanied "Clinton Country," which is a medley of familiar patriotic songs), he was generous in allocating solo space; there are occasional spots for Rob Lockart (on tenor and alto) and trumpeter Howie Shear. Attention was paid to varying moods and styles, with the result being a satisfying release. And any musician witty enough to name an original "Hello Dali" deserves attention.....

Orchestra Baobab - On Verra Ca! (1992)

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Genre: Afro-Pop, Afro-Cuban, Cuban Traditions, African Traditions
Release Date: 1992
Label: Melodie

Review by Don Snowden
Recorded in Paris in 1978, On Verra Зa is the first recording by the fully matured Orchestra Baobab. The rumba influence is pronounced on the opening "El Son De Llama," but mostly the Latin tinge has now been absorbed into a distinctive group sound, with upbeat, sprightly songs like "Africa" built around choppy, syncopated riffs flavored by horns and a galloping rhythm guitar. "Sibam" follows that blueprint, but the tempo is faster and there's a stronger percussion presence than the light norm here....

Tower Of Power - Monster On A Leash (1991)

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Genre: Funk, Soul
Release Date: 1991
Label: Epic

Review by Alex Henderson
In contrast to the many soul veterans who who have turned to urban contemporary sounds in the hope of staying on the staying on the charts, Tower of Power has stuck with the type of horn-driven, live-sounding funk and soul that put the Bay Area band on the map....

Friday, 2 December 2011

Gabor Szabo - Gypsy 66 1966

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Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1966
Label: Impulse! Records

by Scott Yanow
Guitarist Gabor Szabo's debut as a leader (after an important stint with the Chico Hamilton Quintet) is surprisingly successful. The reason this LP is a bit of a surprise is that the repertoire (in addition to two originals apiece by the leader and Gary McFarland) has a few unlikely songs by the Beatles ("Yesterday" and "If I Fell") and Burt Bacharach (including "Walk On By"). Usually jazz adaptations of rock songs in the 1960s are lightweight, but Szabo's original sound, the unusual instrumentation (two or three guitars, Sadao Watanabe on flute, Gary McFarland on marimba, bass, drums and percussion) and McFarland's clever arrangements uplift the music. The playing time at 35 minutes is a bit brief, but the performances are better than expected....