Tag Archives: instrumental

Album review: REB BEACH – A View From The Inside

REB BEACH – A View From The Inside

Frontiers Records [Release date 12.11.20] Reb Beach’s (Winger/Whitesnake) choice of musicians with whose help he recorded “A View From The Inside” is revealing: David Throckmorton, primarily known as a jazz drummer, especially for Maynard Ferguson; bassman Philip Bynoe worked extensively … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…MIKE OLDFIELD (Every album, every song) – Ryan Yard

On track…MIKE OLDFIELD (Every album, every song) – Ryan Yard

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 18.09.20] As Ryan Ward suggests in this survey of Mike Oldfield’s music, his calling card Tubular Bells – in 1973 – defined him and was never surpassed.  He was only 20.  Those of a certain age … 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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Album review: THE BLOODY MALLARD – Realm

BLOODY MALLARD - Realm

Bandcamp [Release date 08.05.20] The Bloody Mallard came into being from another worldly place it could be said, as the musical ideas formed were reminiscent of many mushroom trips in rural Kent by guitarist and main man Tom Walding. Production … Continue reading

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Album review: INDIA ELECTRIC CO – The Gap

INDIA ELECTRIC CO - The Gap

Pre-order here [Release date 01.05.20] India Electric Co. – the duo comprising of vocalist Cole Stacey and multi-instrumentalist Joseph O’Keefe – are back with their second album, five years on since their debut, ‘The Girl I Left Behind Me’ was … Continue reading

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Quick plays: KIRSTY MERRYN, TOM KITCHING, GRACES COLLIDE

KIRSTY MERRYN - Our Bright Night

KIRSTY MERRYN Our Bright Night [Release date 24.04.20] Kirsty Merryn has only been on the folk scene for a few years, yet already she has been making a name for herself with glowing reviews for her debut album and supporting … Continue reading

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Album review: JOE SATRIANI – Shapeshifting

JOE SATRIANI - Shapeshifting

Sony Music [Release date 10.04.20] We’ve always commented on the energy displayed by Satriani not least sustained during a two hour live show.  Recent albums have been pretty convincing too.  That energy permeates this latest offering and will surely translate … Continue reading

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Album review: HATS OFF GENTLEMEN IT’S ADEQUATE – Nostalgia For Infinity

HATS OFF GENTLEMEN IT’S ADEQUATE – Nostalgia For Infinity

Bandcamp [Release date 06.05.20] Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate are Malcolm Galloway and Mark Gatland along with Kathryn Thomas on flute and vocals on one song. The theme of the album is the frailty of civilisation, from a variety of … 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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Quick plays: LARS BOUTRUP, AL DI MEOLA

LARS BOUTRUP

LARS BOUTRUP’S MUSIC FOR KEYBOARDS The Great Beyond Ex’cess Records (Release date 02.03.20) Danish keyboard wiz Lars Boutrup evokes organ grinders of a bygone age.  In doing so he also fashions his own version of classic keyboard-led rock.  ‘The Great … Continue reading

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Quick plays: DELLA MAE, FRIGG

DELLA MAE - Headlight

DELLA MAE – Headlight Rounder Records [Release date 17.01.20] Della Mae are a Grammy nominated, Nashville based three piece consisting of lead vocalist/guitarist Celia Woodsmith, fiddle player Kimber Ludiker and mandolinist Jenni Lyn Gardner. ‘Headlight’ is the trio’s fourth album … Continue reading

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Album review: RODNEY MATTHEWS & JEFF SCHEETZ – Trinity

RODNEY MATTHEWS - Trinity

Rodney Matthews Studios [Release date 13.12.19] Renowned fantasy artist Rodney Matthews, illustrator of over140 album covers, is also a jazz/rock/prog drummer of note, and has previously recorded solo and with guitarist Jeff Scheetz. Here he teams up again with Scheetz … Continue reading

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Album review: ATLANTAEUM FLOOD – One Day

ATLANTAEUM FLOOD - One Day

Self-release www.schoolkidsrecords.com  [Release date 11.11.19] Atlantæum Flood is an instrumental five-piece collective featuring former the Church and All About Eve member Marty Willson-Piper (electric guitars, acoustic guitar, bass, shaker, EBow, bongos, bouzouki, classical guitar, snare), Olivia Willson-Piper (violins, cellolin, duduk), … Continue reading

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Album review: VINNIE MOORE – Soul Shifter

VINNIE MOORE - Soul Shifter

Mind’s Eye Music [Release date 09.10.19] What does a still-relevant guitarist do when his main band says farewell?  You keep releasing solo albums, that’s what.  Vinnie Moore’s last solo outing was in 2015 – Aerial Visions – but in fairness … 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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Quick plays: BRUCE COCKBURN, LOUIEN

BRUCE COCKBURN - Crowing Ignites

BRUCE COCKBURN Crowing Ignites True North Records [Release date 20.09.19] ‘Crowing Ignites’ is Bruce Cockburn’s 34th and his second all instrumental album, which differs from his previous instrumental album in that the compositions on here are brand new. The music … Continue reading

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Album review: MICHAEL J BOLTON – Earthrise

MICHAEL J BOLTON - Earthrise

Market Square [Release date 30.08.19] www.marketsquaremusic.com Arriving to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, Michael J Bolton has fashioned his own tribute.  As he outlines in the liner notes “I wanted to portray the drama and … 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: APE SHIFTER – II

APE SHIFTER - II

Brainstorm Records [Release date 29.03.19] This trio from Germany released their debut in 2017 .  ‘II’ continues the guitar driven hard rock instrumental vibe.  Opener ‘Gravity’ gives a fair impression of the album as a whole, decidedly retro with classic … Continue reading

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Single review: GOYA – Prophecie

  Facebook [Release date 08.03.19] Instrumental progressive rock, eh ? It’s not for everyone and typically not for the Mad Dog. However, having set aside my traditional aversion to both “prog” and “instrumentals” and opened my mind wide enough to … Continue reading

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