Saturday, 31 March 2012

Taboo Voodoo - Something's cookin' 2002

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Genre: Progressive/Fusion
Original Release Date: 2002
Label: Lion Music Finland

One of the characteristics of progressive rock is that many musicians are involved in more than one band and also in several projects, to find an outlet for their growing creativity. This is also the case for drummer Mike Terrana (Rage), who has played with people like Yngwie Malmsteen, Rage, Axel Rudi Pell and Tony MacAlpine, but wanted to play something else than the simple "balls to the walls metal" as he has been doing for some time now. Interesting is that this amazing drummer is inspired by big band and jazz music and at home he listens a lot to Frank Sinatra and Buddy Rich. As Mike himself says: "I think it's cool to make heavy metal music swing and groove." So although being a full time drummer in Rage, he found time to team up with the French guitarist Cyril Achard and they formed Taboo Voodoo.....

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Uli Jon Roth - Metamorphosis 2003

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Genre: Classical, Neo-Classical Metal, Baroque
Original Release Date: 2003
Label: Steamhammer – SPV

featuring Uli Jon Roth & Sky Orchestra

contains Uli’s unique interpretation of Antonio Vivaldi’s timeless masterpiece
“The Four Seasons” as well as a new Concerto by U.J.R. - “Metamorphosis”.

The album comes in a Digi-pack, complete with an unprecedented 64-page booklet
including stunning artwork and extensive liner-notes and poetry by Uli.

Metamorphosis is divided into 24 tracks connected by soundscapes and narration.
“This piece represents a new pinnacle of the art of guitar playing and is full of
boldness and innovation.”

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Bob James Trio - Bold Conceptions (1962)

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Genre: Jazz
Original Release Date: 1962
Label: Verve

by Judith Schlesinger
From the first powerful kick of "A Moment's Notice," it's clear this is not the Bob James of the Taxi TV theme, the fusion-flavored Fourplay group, or the smooth pop albums done with Earl Klugh and David Sanborn. This is the original Bob James -- his very first album, in fact, recorded at age 22 (and produced by Quincy Jones) as a prize for winning the 1962 Collegiate Jazz Festival. Not only did the trio win as a unit, but each member won as most promising player on his own instrument (James also won as leader). This collection, largely bop in its approach, is astonishing in its precocious reach, featuring two James originals: the intriguing "Quest" and the daringly impressionistic "Trilogy" that involves the playing of oil drums, temple blocks, and golf balls, among other things. The trio acquits itself well with the varied, ambitious material, including an ethereal "Nardis," a selection from Leonard Bernstein's ballet, Candide, and a churning rendition of "Birk's Works." The only ballad is a confident, sensitive treatment of "Fly Me to the Moon." The CD also includes two bonus tracks, "Softly As in a Morning Sunrise" and "Ghost Riders in the Sky"; it's unclear whether they were part of the original session, but they are equally playful and joyous. Impressive trio work, great spirit.

Monday, 5 March 2012

L. Subramaniam - Subramaniam in Moscow (1988)

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Genre: Jazz
Original Release Date: 1988
Label: Boheme Music (BMR) / Melodiya

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Sunstorm - Sunstorm 2006

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Genre: Hard Rock
Original Release Date: 2006
Label: Frontiers Records

If you weren't paying close attention, you likely missed it. Sunstorm is not an established name, but yet is another project that features Joe Lynn Turner behind the mic. And if you believe you have never heard anything sung by JOLT then you are likely wrong, since he has appeared everywhere. Turner has been the vocalist for Mother's Army, Rainbow ("Stone Cold" and "Street of Dreams" went top 40), Deep Purple, Fandango, Yngwie Malmsteen ("Heaven Tonight" charted on the Billboard), Brazen Abbot, teaming with Glenn Hughes for Hughes/Turner and plenty more. Toss in a mighty heaping of tribute appearances and a handful of solo records. Get through all of that and you can congratulate yourself for barely scratching the surface of the Joe Lynn universe. There's alot more out there than just those mentioned. He has done metal, hard rock, pop, etc. and has a superb voice for all those niches. Yet AOR may be where he sounds the most at home.

Sunstorm was created in an attempt to finally get some of Joe Lynn's older material out on the market and take him back to his AoR days of glory. Alot of the songs on here are reworked, updated versions of tunes that were slated to appear on the follow up to "Rescue You". This second album was in the can but canned before it could make its way out to the public. The music was undeniably quality stuff so thanks to the encouragement and input from a record label, the dust was blown off and these puppies were polished up for their grand mainstream debut. These were mashed together with an assortment of other tunes. A few unreleased gems from Jim Peterik and a handful of AOR classics that you might have forgotten about as time moves on.....

Friday, 2 March 2012

Fuse One - Fuse One 1980 [2003]

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Genre: Jazz, Fusion
Original Release Date: 1980
Label: Sony Music

This seven-track release by Fuse One features guitarists John McLaughlin and Larry Coryell, bassist Stanley Clarke and drummers Lenny White and Tony Williams includes the tracks "Grand Prix" and "To Whom All Things Concern."

"Fuse One" was a brilliant concept accoperative of some of the day's top jazz musicians including John McLaughlin and Larry Coryell (guitars), Joe Farrell (flute & saxes), Ronnie Foster (keyboards), Stanley Clarke (bass), Lenny White and Tony Williams (drums) playing together for the sheer pleasure. First time on CD.