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Album review: MUDDY MANNINEN – River Flows

Muddy Manninen - River Flows

Pete Feenstra chatted to Muddy Manninen about the album ‘River Flows’ for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 8 November 2020. (45:38) Presence Records [Release date 23.10.20] Muddy Manninen’s ‘River Flows’ is an aptly titled album that has a … Continue reading

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Album review: MANDOKI SOULMATES – Living In The Gap/Hungarian Pictures

MANDOKI SOULMATES - Living In The Gap/Hungarian Pictures

Red Rock Production/Cleopatra Records [Release date 06.20] 2-CD Reviewing in the millennium means that we miss out on previous decades’ lavish PR packages.  If we are lucky these days we get a 320kbps download.  The arrival of the re-promoted Mandoki … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – MAE McKENNA – Mirage And Reality

MAE McKENNA - Mirage And Reality

Kadence [1991] In 1993  “old school” DJs at the BBC, such as Bob Harris and Alan Freeman, would be culled as part of a new regime at Radio 1 but that didn’t stop a “golden” period for a few years … Continue reading

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Album review: LETTUCE – Resonate

LETTUCE - Resonate

Round Hill Records [Digital release date 08.05.20] I have to declare at the outset that I have a soft spot for jazz funk.  After a decade of prog and classic rock buying, in the late-1970s and 1980s I turned my … Continue reading

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Feature: Bands that time forgot – CELTUS

Celtus in 1997

The two brothers John and Pat McManus had previously been members of eighties Irish heavy rockers Mama’s Boys. Both were multi-instrumentalists and their desire to achieve a more atmospheric, reflective groove was partly influenced by the premature death from leukaemia … Continue reading

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Album review: DAVID CROSS & PETER BANKS – Crossover

DAVID CROSS & PETER BANKS - Crossover

Noisy Records [Release date 17.01.20] David Cross will be best known for his time with King Crimson in the 1970s. His more recent solo works and collaborations (with the likes of one-time Van Der Graaf sax player David Jackson and … Continue reading

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Book review: ON TRACK…Toto/The Solo Beatles/Steely Dan (“Every album, every song”)

ON TRACK...Toto

Sonicbond Pubishing [Publication date January/February 2020] Liked and loathed in equal measures by the music press in the 1970s and 1980s, ultimately the band may have had the last laugh.  As author Jacob Holm-Lupp reiterates, their latest offering – XIV … Continue reading

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Album review: ZOE SCHWARZ BLUE COMMOTION – Chameleon

Zoe Schwarz Blue commotion - Chameleon

33 Records [Release date 03.04.20] ‘Chameleon’ is Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion’s 6th and best release so far. It’s a superbly crafted contemporary blues album with a dozen self penned track and a hidden bonus, full of musical diversity, imaginative arrangements, … Continue reading

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Album review: JACK BRUCE & FRIENDS – The Bottom Line Archive

Jack Bruce & Friends - The Bottom Line Archives

The Store For Music [Release date 29.11.19] This double live set from March 1980 is a welcome return to the catalogue for a jazz fusion supergroup with blues edges and occasional folk into artsy tinged vocals from Bruce. The important … Continue reading

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Gig review: INTERPLAY – Le Chaudron, Montignac, SW France, 17 January 2020

INTERPLAY STAGE

Jazz is alive, well and prospering in the inventive hands of a French modern quartet called Interplay. There was once a time when jazz fusion and rock almost coalesced and took the music beyond its historical antecedents. And while Interplay … Continue reading

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Album review: JAN AKKERMAN – Close Beauty

JAN AKKERMAN - Close Beauty

Music Theories Recordings/Mascot [Release date 25.10.19] Let’s be honest.  Jan Akkerman hasn’t exactly been active in terms of album releases in the millennium.  I also have to declare an interest having managed several UK tours for the guitarist in the … Continue reading

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Album review: MIKE STERN – JEFF LORBER FUSION – Eleven

MIKE STERN - JEFF LORBER FUSION - Eleven

Concord [Release date 27.09.19] Back in the 1990s there was a trend – epitomised by the chameleon-like Jazz FM radio station in the UK – for smooth jazz, a more accessible form of fusion that developed out of US FM … Continue reading

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Album review: FRAUDPROPHETS – Poptosis

FRAUDPROPHETS - Poptosis

www.fraudprophets.com [Release date 03.06.19] Looking at the cover, you could be forgiven thinking that Fraudprophets are the latest post-punk wannabes.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  This is an album of mostly cool jazz fusion grooves. If we’re looking … Continue reading

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Album review: SHOB – Solide

SHOB - Solide

La Route Productions [Release date 03.05.19] I must be weakening.  Jazz funk sounds interesting again.  They say music is cyclical, that also applies to your specific musical tastes.  If you were prey to a particular genre in the past, it’s … Continue reading

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Album review: ERJA LYYTINEN – Another World

Erja Lyytinen - Another World

Tuohi Records [Release Date 26.04.19] ‘Another World’ is a suitably titled album that reflects blues-rock guitarist Erja Lyytinen growing musical aspirations. She initially learnt her craft as a slide playing blues guitarist, but in recent years she’s brought a sharper … Continue reading

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Album review: PAUL GILBERT – Behold Electric Guitar

PAUL GILBERT – Behold Electric Guitar

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 17.05.19] ‘Behold The Electric Guitar’ is a delightful, passionate, adventurous and imaginative album. It’s full of technical mastery that is counterbalanced by a sense of humour as evidenced by the song titles. It’s a restless … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC GALES – The Bookends

ERIC GALES – The Bookends

Provogue  [Release date 08.02.19] Back in his psychedelic rock days, I always used to think that it was Eric Gales’s second solo that defined both the song itself and the guitarist’s signature style. Just like a boxer he bobbed, weaved … Continue reading

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Album review: MIKE SPONZA – Made In The Sixties

MIKE SPONZA – Made In The Sixties

In January 2019 Pete Feenstra chatted to Mike Sponza and played tracks from the album ‘Made In The Sixties’  First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 20 January 2019 Epops Music [Release date 22.06.18] “Made In The Sixties” is … Continue reading

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Album review: ALLY THE FIDDLE – Up

ALLY THE FIDDLE - Up

Gentle Art Of Music [Release date 14.09.18] Think of rock fiddle players and you can probably name the significant on one hand.  Jerry Goodman?  Darryl Way? Jean-Luc Ponty? Female rock fiddle players may be more of a challenge.  Anna Phoebe?  … Continue reading

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Album review: TAYLOR’S UNIVERSE – Almost Perfected

TAYLOR

Marvel Of Beauty Records [Release date 17.11.17] If it’s hard to retain a serious notion of progressive rock in a genre that arguably ran its short lived course in the early 70’s, then Robin C. Taylor takes the instrumental jazz-rock … Continue reading

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