Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra [Release date 25.08.17]
Brian Tarquin is a fixer, talented guitarist, producer and general good egg. A bit like label-mate Billy Sherwood he coordinates a number of artists for various projects usually with a guitar theme. In the latest two examples he’s also raising funds for good causes.
The “cause” permeates Band Of Brothers which lyrically picks up various war-related issues allied to the bombast of guest guitarists. So we get Whitesnake slinger Joel Hoekstra (on ‘Eastern Front’), Nightranger’s Jeff Watson on ‘War Is Strictly Business’ and Tarquin himself on ‘Clutches Of Vietnam’. On ‘Sands Of Time’ Jeff Scott Soto adds his vocal. The overall vibe is hard rock. ***1/2
On Orlando In Heaven – some proceeds going to Catholic charities who provide support to families affected by the Orlando shooting in June 2016 – the theme is jazz fusion with contributions from the late Larry Coryell (‘Pulse 49′, ‘Metropolis’), Mike Stern (‘Kinda Sorta’) and Chris Poland (‘Hustle & Hassle’). Throughout there is some great sax work from Don Black. ****
One further feature of these albums is the analogue mix-down, and both projects will appeal to lovers of well produced, predominately instrumental, guitar-led rock or fusion.
Review by David Randall
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