Sunday, 5 April 2015

Miroslav Vitous - Universal Syncopations (2003)

Format: flac + cue + log
Genre: Jazz
Original Release Date: 2003
Label: ECM 1863

On his first jazz date as a leader since 1992, Czechoslovakian bassist and composer Miroslav Vitous comes out of the gate with a host of heavyweights on one of the more lyrically swinging dates in modern jazz. Vitous' engaged, pulsing, and deeply woody tone is featured in the company of John McLaughlin, Jan Garbarek, Chick Corea, and Jack DeJohnette. While the crystalline sound of Manfred Eicher's ECM is everywhere here, as is the open-ended speculative jazz that the label is renowned -- and ridiculed for -- Vitous offers some startlingly beautiful twists and turns with his ensemble....Review by Thom Jurek (

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Jeff Scott Soto - Prism (2002)

Format: flac + cue + log
Genre: Melodic Hard Rock 
Original Release Date: 2002
Label: Frontiers Records

Prism is just the 2nd solo album from Jeff Scott Soto. This man has been around for many years now and has sang on albums with acts like Axel Rudi Pell, Talisman, Takara, Eyes, Humanimal, Yngwie Malmsteen and many more. His first solo album "Love Parade" was released back in 1994 but was more of a groovy rock album mixed with funk and it was a big disappointment. This time he´s back to his melodic rock roots and this reminds very much of Takara and Eyes at their best. The production is very good and solid and takes the songs to a higher level. He has written all the songs by himself except for a cover he sings a duet with Glenn Hughes called "I Want To Take You Higher"......