Tag Archives: fusion

Album review: TOM TOOMEY – Turquoise

TOM TOOMEY – Turquoise

Giant Records [Release date 06.01.18] Tom Toomey is best known as the guitarist with The Zombies, though as a session musician he’s also played with the likes of Jon Anderson, Colin Blunstone and Paul Young. And it’s perhaps his diverse … Continue reading

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Album review: AL DI MEOLA – Opus

 AL DI MEOLA - Opus

earMUSIC [Release date 23.02.18] Many will remember Al Di Meola from his three-album sojourn with jazz fusionists Return To Forever.  After that time Di Meola pursued a solo career frequently incorporating world flavours and collaborating with other guitar icons. His … Continue reading

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Album review: MICHAEL LANDAU – Rock Bottom

MICHAEL LANDAU – Rock Bottom

Provogue [Release date 23.02.18] From the free form intro of ‘Squirrels’ to the Noirish spoken word intro and melodic resolution of ‘Speak Now, Make Your Peace’, Michael Landau takes up on a complex musical journey that promises much and delivers … Continue reading

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Album review: JOE SATRIANI – What Happens Next

Joe Satriani - What Happens Next

Sony Music [Release date 12.01.18] Satch’s energy and work output seem to have no chance of exhaustion.  He releases fairly regular albums, always including a smattering of greatness, and making his peers sometimes seem lazy. That continuing zest for performance … Continue reading

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Album review: JAMES LITHERLAND – Back ‘N Blue

JAMES LITHERLAND – Back

Self Release [Release date 01.05.17] ‘Back ‘N Blue’ is a loving crafted DIY song driven blues-rock album with a funky fusion undertow. James Litherland’s musical credentials go all the way back to Colosseum – check out the ‘Valentyne Sweet’ style … Continue reading

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Album review: ROCK CANDY FUNK PARTY – The Groove Cubed

ROCK CANDY FUNK PARTY - The Groove Cubed

J & R Adventures [Release date 20.10.17] A quick glance at the track listing and you get the impression that the assembled musical heavyweights don’t take themselves too seriously.  There’s also a sense of relief that this is nearly all … Continue reading

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DVD review: JEFF BECK – Live At The Hollywood Bowl

JEFF BECK - Live At The Hollywood Bowl

Eagle Vision [Release date 06.10.17] Also available: CD/DVD, Bluray When I saw Jeff Beck in Birmingham in 2014 I was somewhat underwhelmed.  In spite of an audience of a certain age hanging on every note the performance came across as … Continue reading

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Album review: DJABE & STEVE HACKETT – Life Is A Journey – The Sardinia Tapes

DJABE & STEVE HACKETT - Life Is A Journey - The Sardinia Tapes

Esoteric Antenna [Release date 06.10.17] I recall when chatting to Steve Hackett several years ago he mentioned that he is very receptive to  his environment  in terms of new sounds and possibilities.  This might simply be hearing something ear-catching whilst … Continue reading

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Album review: KOTEBEL – Cosmology

KOTEBEL – Cosmology

Musea [Release date 06.07.17] Kotebel is a Venezualan/Spanish prog rock band with classical and fusion influences. ‘Cosmology’ derives its title from the study of the universe and it’s an exploratory, quasi- conceptual prog album, that draws on composer and keyboard … Continue reading

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Album review: GIZMODROME (Stewart Copeland, Adrian Belew, Mark King, Vittorio Cosma)

GIZMODROME

earMUSIC [Release date 15.09.17] What do high profile musicians do when they’ve experienced sustained success and are staring at the twilight zone?  Gizmodrome.  That’s what.  Spearheaded by one-time Police alumni Stewart Copeland who has co-opted PFM progster Vittorio Cosma, Adrian … Continue reading

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Album review: SONNY LANDRETH – Recorded Live In Lafayette

SONNY LANDRETH – Recorded Live In Lafayette

Provogue [Release date: 30.06.17] Not so much a live career résumé – there’s no ‘Speak Of The Devil’ or ‘Congo Square’ – Sonny Landreth’s ‘Recorded Live In Lafayette’ is more of a dip into a re-invigorated past and a tip … Continue reading

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Album review: KINKY WIZZARDS – Quirky Musings

KINKY WIZZARDS - Quirky Musings

White Knight Records [Release date 31.03.17] In recent years we’ve enjoyed several artists or bands who have purveyed an infectious brand of instrumental-based prog rock, inspired by jazz fusion or just plain inspired.  Amongst them the likes of Norway’s Pymlico … Continue reading

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Gig review: RAY RUSSELL 70TH BIRTHDAY SHOW – 606 Club, London, 03 April 2017

RAY RUSSELL 70TH BIRTHDAY SHOW – 606 Club, London, 03 April 2017

Ray Russell’s 70th birthday bash is a reminder of a bygone era when creativity, improvisation and inspiration met musical virtuosity full on, in an unfettered fashion. Tonight might be Ray’s milestone birthday, but there’s not a slack musical moment in … Continue reading

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Album review: TERRY BOZZIO – Composer Series

TERRY BOZZIO - Composer Series

earMUSIC [Release date 25.11.16] Traditionally, drummers have received bad press or no press.  They sit at the back keeping time but very rarely come forward to articulate their wider musical visions.  Terry Bozzio is perhaps best known for his work … Continue reading

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News: Man Doki Soulmates (incl. Ian Anderson, Chris Thompson, Randy Brecker) play London gig, 3 March 2017

Man Doki Soulmates

Where can you see the combined talents of some of the most renowned legends from the world of classic rock, prog and fusion? On Friday 3 March the musical collective of the Man  Doki Soulmates play a very exclusive one-off … Continue reading

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Gig review: JONI’S SOUL – 606 Club, Chelsea, London, 6 February 2017

Gina Foster - Joni

How to approach the musical concept of ‘The Soul Of Joni Mitchell’? Firstly, find a versatile, but focussed singer like Gina Foster – her credits include Eric Clapton and Sinead O’Connor – with the requisite vocal range, an intuitive understanding … Continue reading

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Album review: CURVED AIR – Rarities Series Volume 2 – Curved Space and Infinity

CURVED AIR - Rarities Series Volume 2 - Curved Space and Infinity

Curved Air Records [Release date 04.11.16] 2-CD Volume 2 of a continuing series bring together a “then and now” of one of our treasured prog/psych bands.  The first disc accommodates 1990s recordings with Francis Monkman on guitar and which evolved … Continue reading

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News: An Evening For JACK – Jack Bruce Celebration – London, 25 October 2016

An Evening For JACK - A Celebration of the Life & Music of Jack Bruce, London, 25 October 2016

Pete Feenstra chatted to Jack Bruce’s son Malcolm for his Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. First broadcast 23 October 2016. Bassist/singer/songwriter Jack Bruce is the subject of a special celebratory evening at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, … Continue reading

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Album review: PETRICHOR – What We’ve Noticed

PETRICHOR - What We

[Release date 02.01.16] Written, recorded, and produced over four years – from the middle of high school to college – What We’ve Noticed is a remarkably mature debut from Massachusetts-based seven piece band Petrichor. With three vocalists and the use … Continue reading

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Album review: SANTANA IV – Live At The House Of Blues Las Vegas

SANTANA IV - Live At The House Of Blues Las Vegas

Eagle Rock/Universal [Release date 21.10.16] 2-CD/DVD If the classic Santana III line-up only make one ‘comeback’ album we should be thankful for this year’s ‘Santana IV’.  And back in March, ahead of its release, the band played the legendary House … Continue reading

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