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DVD review: PAT METHENY – The Unity Sessions

PAT METHENY – The Unity Sessions

Eagle Rock Entertainment [Release date 18.09.15] From the Frank Zappa meets Ornette Coleman style cacophonous intro, via fractured staccato runs and tension building pieces of musical diversity, Pat Metheny announces his intentions to expand his musical canvas to the limit. … Continue reading

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Album review: MOJO ASSASSINS – Mojo Assassins

MOJO ASSASSINS – Mojo Assassins

Artwork Media, Inc. [Release date 24.11.15] The Mojo Assassins are a power trio comprising Ronny Griffin drums, Tony Calhoun on bass and vocals and David Zychek on guitar and vocals. Their collective pedigree includes Night Ranger, Stallion, Frankie Lee and … Continue reading

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Album review: SHWIZZ – My Good Side/My Bad Side

SHWIZZ – My Good Side/My Bad Side

CD Baby [Release date 16.05.15] There’s something stirring on the Stateside prog rock scene, from the exciting new bands populating the festival circuit to the upswing in independent releases. Look no further than New Yorkers ShwizZ for further evidence. They … Continue reading

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Album review: FUSONIC – Fields Of No Man’s Land

FUSONIC - Fields Of No Man

DMI Records [Release Date 22.06.15] Fusonic is a Dutch symphonic prog rock band  whose second album draws on the prog rock giants of the past and reaches for a new musical vocabulary for the present. The fact they don’t  quite … Continue reading

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Album review: CONSIDER THE SOURCE – World War Trio Parts II & III

CONSIDER THE SOURCE – World War Trio Parts II & III

Techne Records [Release date 02.06.15] Creative, inspirational and intense, but with enough subtlety and light and shade to tap into the true elements of Prog Rock, ‘World War Trio (Parts 11 & 111)’ is an essential purchase of all true … Continue reading

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Album review: BIG APPLE BLUES – Energy

BIG APPLE BLUES – Energy

The Pete Feenstra Feature – Big Apple Blues (21 June 2015) by Get Ready To Rock! Radio on Mixcloud Stone Tone Records [Release date 18.06.14] ‘Energy’ is a hugely original instrumental album built round the visceral urban energy of the … Continue reading

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Album review: JIMMY McINTOSH – Jimmy McIntosh And…

JIMMY McINTOSH – Jimmy McIntosh And...

Arizona Club Music [Release date 23.09.14] ‘Jimmy McIntosh And…’ is a thoughtful and well played album that combines blues, fusion, funk, rock and even moments of free form playing, on a dozen tracks with variety, a coherently flow and Jimmy’s … Continue reading

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EP review: CONSIDER the SOURCE – World War Trio (Part1)

CONSIDER the SOURCE – World War Trio EP (Part1)

Self Release [Release date 09.02.15] The thing about both prog rock and avant garde music in general is that sometimes it’s best not to take it too seriously. Look no further than Focus for an example of a band capable … Continue reading

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Album review: MAN – Call Down The Moon

Esoteric [Release date 28.07.14] ‘Call Down the Moon’ has a cult status among Man fans and not just because it’s frequently hard to track down. It’s probably more down to the wonderful jammed out highlight ‘Drivin’ Around’ and the lashing … Continue reading

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Album review: HOYT BINDER – Prayrie Go Round

HOYT BINDER – Prayrie Go Round

Self release [06.11.13] From the opening sustained and hypnotic note of ‘This Is Why’ to the extended violin work out on the closing title track,  ‘Prayrie Go Round’ is an adventurous musical journey that meanders its way through multi genres … Continue reading

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Album review: FRANK ZAPPA – Puttin’ On The Ritz

        Gold Fish [Release date 02.06.14] Good news, bad news. Available on CD for the first time, ‘Puttin’ On The Ritz’ is a brilliant Zappa concert, described by Guitar Player magazine as the: ‘Best Concert Ever By … Continue reading

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Album review: SKOOKUM – Pleasure Cruz

SKOOKUM – Pleasure Cruz

        Fugly Music Release date [12.11.13] According to which sources you use, Skookum means big, tough, fearsome and swift’, or simply durable and even excellent!It’s also a common place name in British Columbia, and Skookum the Vancouver … Continue reading

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Rock Stars: Interview with GRAHAM BONNET – 19 March 2014

Graham Bonnet

With The Store For Music  label re-issuing all 4 Alcatrazz albums – including ‘Live Sentence’ on CD and DVD  and accompanying vinyl releases with full art work – as well as his recent ‘Catch The Rainbow’ tour and a forthcoming … Continue reading

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Album review: SOT – Kind of Saltz

SOT - Kind Of Saltz

Soltanic Sounds [Available now] ‘Kind of Saltz’ appears to have been released some time ago but has just popped again in my pile of CD’s be reviewed.  It’s a wide ranging and engaging album, best described as 70’s jazz-rock fusion, … Continue reading

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Album review: PHWG – The Observer

PHWG – The Observer

Pontus H.W. Gunve [Release date 07.05.13] PHWG is an innovative band led by New York based guitarist, synth programmer, composer and producer Pontus H.W. Gunve, with an original take on prog rock, world, ambient and fusion music. He frames it all … Continue reading

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Album review: HOT HEAD SHOW – Perfect

Hot Head Show - Perfect

Tentacle Films Limited [Release date 14.10.13] Hot Head Show is a trio with art rock and avant-garde pretensions. ‘Perfect’ is an album that has its moments of starling musical innovation, as it explores imaginative horizons, but ultimately it struggles lyrically … Continue reading

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Album review: MICK FARREN AND ANDY COLQUHOUN – Black Vinyl Dress

Gonzo [Release date 28.1013] Mick Farren once said: ‘I’m a lousy singer, but a brilliant rock star’. And while that may be true, the rock scene has all but dissipated and our anti heroes need to do more than come … Continue reading

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DVD review: FRANK ZAPPA – The Torture Never Stops/The Dub Room Special/Baby Snakes

Eagle Rock [Release date 14.10.13] Some familiar FZ material finds its way into to a 3 DVD box set which represents three different snapshots of a career that was moving into the audio visual domain. Of course Frank had already … Continue reading

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Album review: ANTOINE FAFARD – Occultus Tramitis

Unicorn Digital [Release date 01.06.13] Fusion music often throws an unexpected curve ball at the humble listener, and prog fusion such as this with its musical density, ever changing time signatures and challenging improvisation sometimes pushes the envelope beyond the … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN KLINE – Different Drummers

Wet Present Records [Release date 23.11.12] With the exception of the title track which features drummer Michael Arata, ‘Different Drummers’ is a completely self penned, engineered and produced album by multi instrumentalist John Kline. He leads on guitar, but plays … Continue reading

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