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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: 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: 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: 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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Gig review: GIANTS OF ROCK – Butlins, Minehead, 26-29 January 2018 (Day 3)

Chantel McGregor - GIANTS OF ROCK - Butlins, Minehead, 26-29 January 2018 (Day 3)

Day 3 – Sunday As the final day started we wouldn’t have been surprised to see Bobby Kimball sliding out of the curtains reminiscing about his appearance on Toto IV but … instead Chantel McGregor got the juices flowing with … Continue reading

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Album review: SIMON PHILLIPS – Protocol 4

SIMON PHILLIPS - Protocol 4

Phantom Recordings [Release date 27.10.17] We couldn’t resist ‘Protocol III’ with its fusion flavours and great musicality but arguably it is edged by the latest iteration.  This time Simon Phillips (best known for his work with Toto) brings in guitarist … 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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Gig review: STANLEY CLARKE BAND – Manchester Gorilla, 18 July 2017

STANLEY CLARKE BAND - Manchester Gorilla, 18 July 2017

Stanley Clarke chatted to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio ahead of his UK tour dates.  This hour special looks at his career, with tracks from the 1970s to the present. First broadcast on 16 July 2017. (Listeners in the USA … Continue reading

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News: More Hot Fun: STANLEY CLARKE – UK Tour and radio interview (July 2017)

STANLEY CLARKE - Manchester Gorilla, 18 July 2017

On Sunday 16 July on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio at 18:00 GMT, Stanley Clarke chats about his career ahead of the UK dates (Repeat: Thursday 20 July, 22:00 GMT) In this extract he sets the scene for the UK … Continue reading

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Album review: STANLEY CLARKE, NORMAN CONNORS, HARVEY MASON (Jazz Funk compilations)

STANLEY CLARKE - The Definitive Collection

Cherry Red Records/imprints The mid to late 1970s was a golden age for disco/jazz-funk.   Bands like Earth, Wind & Fire were ascendant in the charts whilst our more home-grown Level 42 picked up the baton for the burgeoning Brit Funk … Continue reading

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Album review: PYMLICO – Meeting Point

PYMLICO - Meeting Point

Apollon Records [Release date 07.10.16] We’ve had an obsession with all things Scandinavian in recent years and the fourth album from Norwegian instrumentalists Pymlico contributes to this Nordic sense of intrigue. Wholly instrumental, prog/jazz fusion in approach, the band is … Continue reading

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Album review: CURVED AIR – The Curved Air Rarities Series Volume 1 – Tapestry Of Propositions

CURVED AIR - The Curved Air Rarities Series Volume 1 - Tapestry Of Propositions

Curved Air Records [Release date 05.08.16] We live in age when every album, every gig, seems to be heavily choreographed.  With albums pieced together and artists not necessarily sharing the same studio, or even continent, and gigs fixed to a … Continue reading

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Album review: JAN AKKERMAN – Jan Akkerman (1977 reissue)

JAN AKKERMAN - Jan Akkerman

Esoteric Recordings [Release date 29.01.16] “Jan Akkerman”, the 1977 album with the distinctive “guitar in bed” cover, was Akkerman’s answer to Jeff Beck’s ‘Blow By Blow’ two years earlier.  This was the Dutch guitarist’s first solo album since splitting from … Continue reading

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Album review: SIMON PHILLIPS – Protocol III

SIMON PHILLIPS - Protocol III

Phantom Recordings/Inakustik [Release date 23.10.15] I must be getting old, but a bit of jazz fusion always seems to go down well especially when it’s well executed.  In 2014 we reviewed ‘Protocol II’ and opined it was ‘a superior jazz … Continue reading

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Album review: NEAL SCHON – Vortex

Neal Schon - Vortex

This is an exclusive edit from an interview with Neal Schon using non-broadcast material.  An extended version will be broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in a special edition of ‘Assume The Position’ presented by David Randall on Sunday … Continue reading

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Album review: SIMON PHILLIPS – Protocol II

Simon Phillips - Protocol II

Inakustik [Release date 13.10.14] It’s been fourteen years since the release of ‘Vantage Point’, Simon Phillips’ last solo album.  This is understandable given that for most of that period he’s been tied up drumming for Toto.  But of course in … Continue reading

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Album review: ROCK CANDY FUNK PARTY – Takes New York, Live At The Iridium

ROCK CANDY FUNK PARTY - Takes New York, Live At The Iridium

Provogue [Release date 24.02.14] A few years ago a few stellar musicians got together to explore some funky vibes.  This stellar cast included, latterly, none other than Joe Bonamassa and this side-project was to some extent overlooked as Joe wore … Continue reading

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Album review: DON AIREY – Keyed Up

Don Airey - Keyed Up

Interview edit: Don Airey 19 January 2014 The full interview will be broadcast on Sunday 2 February at 18:00 Mascot  [Release date 17.02.14] Virtuoso and legendary keyboard player (and all round nice guy) Don has played with pretty much everyone … Continue reading

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Album review: TOMMY BOLIN – Whirlwind

TOMMY BOLIN - Whirlwind

Cleopatra Records [Release date: 26.08.13] Guitarist Tommy Bolin has an interesting pre-Purple history and this 2-CD set is an excellent chronicle of the band he formed in 1972 after Zephyr and before James Gang.  Energy, with a mix of rock … Continue reading

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