Tag Archives: Jazz rock

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: THE IDES OF MARCH – Play On (55th Anniversary)

THE IDES OF MARCH - Play On (55th Anniversary)

IOM Records/Wienerworld [Release date 16.08.19] I am old enough to remember when ‘Vehicle’ by The Ides Of March was a radio hit back in 1970.  It was a slice of jazz rock that chimed with other brass-led rockers of the … Continue reading

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Album review: JACK BRUCE – Live At Rockpalast 1980, 1983 and 1990 (CD/DVD)

JACK BRUCE - Live At Rockpalast 1980, 1983 and 1990

MIG Music [Release date 26.04.19] 2 DVD/5 CD This multi-disc box set is a fine summary of Jack Bruce playing live from 1980 through to 1990.  Culled from the legendary German TV show “Rockpalast” this 5-CD set also contains 2 … Continue reading

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Album review: TIM STAFFELL – aMIGO

TIM STAFFELL - aMIGO

Moscodisc  [Release date 12.07.19] Tim Staffell’s 2006 solo album ‘aMIGO’ gets a timely re-issue, given the ongoing success of the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ film, plus Tim Staffell released his latest solo album ‘Two Late’ last year (the title a nod to … 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: CANNONBALLZ – 8Ballz2Many

MelodicRock Records [Release date 10.05.19] Andrew McNeice and his MelodicRock Records label have released some top quality AOR releases in recent years including Don Barnes and the excellent comeback album from Boulevard, now you can add to this Cannonballz. Who … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELY DAN/Steve Winwood – Manchester Arena, 21 February 2019

STEELY DAN - Manchester Arena, 21 February 2019

Could it be that for the past six years, Steve Winwood has been resting on laurels?  When we last reviewed him – in June 2013 – he was playing pretty much the same set.  With no new album since 2008, … 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: 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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