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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: NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN – Looking At You…, The Nature Of Things, Divine Emotion (reissue)

NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN - Looking At You, Looking At Me (reissues)

BGO [Release date 18.05.18] Back in the late 1970s/early 1980s it wasn’t unusual for fusion funk bands to be drummer-led.  We might recall Maurice White in Earth, Wind & Fire but then of course, there was Lenny White and Harvey … Continue reading

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Album review: DAVE GREENSLADE – Cactus Choir

DAVE GREENSLADE - Cactus Choir

Angel Air [Release date: 18.05.18] While it’s done the rounds before, this is a timely reissue for ‘what Dave did next’ post-the winding up of his eponymous progressive rock ensemble. The ex-Colosseum keyboards whizz  had recorded a quartet of acclaimed … 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: 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: 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: JODY GRIND – Reissues

JODY GRIND - One Step On

Esoteric [Release date 25.11.16] Some readers may remember a motley band of musicians who  – back in the late seventies – masqueraded under that sometimes irksome banner “supergroup”, Hinkley’s Heroes.  At various times they included Mel Collins, John Halsey and … 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 – 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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Album review: BURNT BELIEF – Emergent

BURNT BELIEF - Emergent

Alchemy Records [Release date 09.09.16] I must be getting old; from the opening chords of ‘The Bubble Bursts’ the lead track on an album featuring Porcupine Tree bassist and founder member  Colin Edwin I was sucked in.  Recalling the fusion … 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: NIK TURNER – Space Fusion Odyssey

Nik Turner - Space Fusion Odyssey

Cleopatra Records [Release date 30.10.15] Nik Turner’s biography ‘The Spirit Of Hawkwind 1969-1976′ has just been published and chronicles the earlier sorties of this enduring space cadet.  If you thought Nik Turner in Hawkwind parped away in search of a … Continue reading

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Album review: ANDERSON PONTY BAND – Better Late Than Never

ANDERSON PONTY BAND - Better Late Than Never

earMUSIC [Release date 25.09.15] The album features two legendary musicians, former Yes vocalist Jon Anderson and violinist/jazz composer Jean Luc Ponty. The idea for these two musicians to work together was first mooted back in the 1980′s, it is only … 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: Access All Areas – HATFIELD AND THE NORTH, SAD CAFE, RICK WAKEMAN

Hatfield And The North - Access All Areas

Edsel [Release date 30.03.15] ‘Access All Areas’ is a new series from Edsel culled from the 1980 ‘Rockstage’ and 1990s ‘Bedrock’ Central TV series.   Although many of these live sets have appeared previously, it takes Edsel to produce the definitive … Continue reading

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Album review: SWUNG – Vol.1 & 2 (feat. members of FOCUS)

Swung - Vol.1 & 2

In And Out Of Focus Records [Release date 03.11.14] ‘Swung’ was evidently conceived and recorded during downtime from the “day job” – for Bobby Jacobs and Pierre van der Linden this means the current incarnation of Focus. Although that band … 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 : NEAL SCHON – So U

Neal Schon -So U

Frontiers [release date 19.05.14] When the record label description uses the words “unique” and “jazz and blues-inspired” in the promotional material the alarm bells started ringing in my head. Blues I can live with but Jazz… Neal Schön (what’s with … Continue reading

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