January 25, 2017

Graced Lightning ‎– The Graced Lightning Side (1975, LP, Usa)

1. Neon Nightmare (5:37)
2. Land of the Brain (5:05)
3. The Tot (7:22)
blank side 0:00
Gary Gand: Lead and Rhythm Guitar, Bass
Chris Herman: Lead and Rhythm Guitar, Bass
Joan Burnstein: Piano synth Electric Mandolin, Voice/ Chorus
George Edward: Drums, Vibes, Thunder Sheet, Bird, Voice/ Chorus, Chimes, Percussion
Recorded 5/30/75 - 6/1/75 at Golden Voice Studios, Pekin, Illinois

An exceptionally well done instrumental progressive rock album by this obscure group from Chicago. Recorded only to one side of the LP, there are 3 tracks totaling 18 minutes. And not a moment wasted. Excellent keyboards/piano, coupled with inventive guitar solos. At times the music is very complex. Doesn't sound like anyone really, except maybe Virginia's Polyphony from a few years prior. CDRWL

The Secret History of Chicago Music: Graced Lightning
The "futuristic rock" of this Deerfield band exists only on a rare one-sided LP from 1975

January 19, 2017

Ensemble Ambrosius - Live in Edinburgh (2002, FM broadcast BBC Radio 3, Finland)

A chamber music group, established in 1995, which plays modern music on baroque instruments.

This is the FM broadcast (on BBC Radio 3, 13 March 2002) of a concert given at the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh by the Ensemble Ambrosius of works by themselves, FZ and Ligeti. They are an interesting bunch of guys who like to play contemporary music on Baroque period instruments, and have gained approval from the ZFT for their arrangements of some of FZ's works.

1. Intro [1:34]
2. Pienet Sienet (Tiny Mushrooms) (Knif) [5:22]
3. Uncle Meat [4:34]
4. Night School [5:46]
5. Igor's Boogie [1:09]
6. Black Page #2 (New Age/Bach version) [4:23]
7. Yptor (Virtaperko/Knif) [5:27]
8. Zoot Allures [3:23]
9. Big Swifty [3:03]
10. Echidna's Arf (Of You) [4:34]
11. Questa storia del mago non mi convince (Virtaperko) [6:40]
12. G-Spot Tornado [4:50]
13. Hymni (Virtaperko) [8:34]

The ensemble for this occasion was:
Janne Nisonen (baroque violin), Anni Haapaniemi (baroque oboe, oboe d'amour, glockenspiel), Jonte Knif (chamber organ, harpsichord, dulcimer, melodica), Ere Lievonen (harpsichord, chamber organ), Jani Sunnarborg (baroque bassoon, obe da caccia, chamber organ), Tuukka Terho (archlute, baroque guitar), Olli Virtaperko (baroque cello), Ricardo Padilla (percussion).
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January 18, 2017

Banten ‎– s/t (1972, LP, Netherlands)

Dutch experimental jazz fusion quintet formed September 1971. Banten made just one album in 1972, a very wide-ranging one, from free-jazz avant-garde to complex jazz fusion, including classical themes and a Thelonious Monk cover. All the musicians became better-known later, not least Henny Vonk in The Chris Hinze Combination. Members: Arnold Dooyeweerd, Ernst Reijseger, Henny Vonk, Jurre Haanstra, Rob van den Broeck.