Saturday, July 22, 2017
Mastering by Udi Koomran.
Friday, July 21, 2017
This is one of the big surprises that the Spanish progressive scene has yet to give to all worldwide prog fans. Daniel Vega (not to be confused with the other Vega who released the well- known Andaluza album), was an excellent musician from Asturias, in the north of Spain. This is his sole album, and it's an outstanding progressive folk record with Daniel writing and singing all tracks except two instrumentals.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Studio Album, released in 2017
Songs / Tracks Listing
1. Venin (4:32)
2. Peinturé Dans Le Coin (4:32)
3. Transit De Nuit À Jakarta (1:58)
4. Portrait-robot (8:47)
5. Déboires À Munich (1:18)
6. Chapelle Lunaire (6:49)
7. Cryogénie (1:35)
8. Passage Secret (9:56)
9. Gallinule D'Amérique (1:38)
10. Douze Petites Asperges (2:37)
11. Le Ventriloque Et Le Perroquet (8:13)
Total time 51:55
Line-up / Musicians
- Bernard Falaise / guitar, keyboards, turntables, production & mixing
- Pascal Globensky / keyboards, synths, piano
- Nicolas Lessard / bass, double bass, keyboards
- Rémi Leclerc / drums, percussion, electronics
01. Language Is 11:24
02. Immanence 04:12
03. Wishful Breathing 03:45
04. Falling World 03:40
05. More And Less 03:00
06. Lifetime Guarantee 06:59
07. Hymn 05:11
Line-up / Musicians:
Jeff Libersher / guitar, trumpet, vocals, keyboards
Dante Kester / bass, keyboards
Thymme Jones / drums, vocals, piano, trumpet, keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars, moog, noise
Carmen Armillas / vocals
Mike Hagedorn / trombone
Teria Gartelos / vocals
Sacha Mullin / vocals
Cory Bengtsen / baritone sax
Beth Yates / flute
Julie Pomerleau / violin
Joan Morrone / French horn
Ross Feller / tenor sax
Rob Pleshar / tuba
Todd Fackler / tuba
Sunday, July 16, 2017
After joining the Crescendo Festival of Saint Palais sur Mer in France and the Time In Jazz by Paolo Fresu in Berchidda, Contrary of Contrari began working on the fourth album in instrumental trio without electric bass: with the arrival of saxophonist Stefano Radaelli And the involvement of guests like Alessandro Bonetti of Deus Ex Machina, has achieved the ambitious " Violato Intatto".
Accordo dei Contrari, inspired by a renewed commitment, the desire to explore new territories and to deepen the elements of the instrumental formula, three years away from the previous "AdC" album, expands its sound to rock, jazz and music: The result is " Violato Intatto", a album consisting of eleven long and adventurous tracks. Recorded live in studio with minimized overdubs and mastered by the great Udi Koomran (already with Ahvak, Present, 5uu's etc.), "Violato Intatto" raises the mastery and uniqueness of the Accordo dei Contrari: a continuous and evolved dialogue between Diversity for one of the most fascinating and original formations of the European landscape. Btf
Right from the start, it is clear to me that Edit Peptide, the new album by American band Bubblemath, represents some sort of an hommage to Gentle Giant. In fact, fans of the great an influential British band, but also of Echolyn and early Spock's Beard, should certainly be very enthusiastic about their new album Edit Peptide.
The album starts with a bang! with ‘’Routine Maintenance'', perhaps the most GG influenced piece of the album. It mixes great vocal harmonies with very dynamic music.
The next two tracks keep the momentum going with some excellent lead guitar soloing, emotional vocals, complex harmonies and very dynamic keyboards. In fact Bubblemath comes closer to what Echolyn used to do on Suffocating The Bloom.
The next track, ‘’A Void That I Can Depart To'' is, in my opinion the jewel of the album. It starts with a beautiful opening section that naturally evolves to melodic and intense parts (i.e. Echolyn's ''Shades'' and Spock’s Beard ‘’The Door’’) and finally ends in a very moving and peaceful way. This piece offers great instrumentation and vocals (like the rest of the album btw).
‘’Get a Lawn’’ is near to being a ballad but still gives us some quirky and intense vocals with some complex instrumentation. The ‘’Making Light of Traffic’s’’ calm and retro sounding first part almost actually feels like a real Gentle Giant song but quickly the band returns to intense instrumentation and dynamic harmonies. It’s a song that nearly has an ''On Reflection'' moment and features killer saxophone and keyboard solos.
The last two songs continue in the same vein and end this very good album in great fashion
Those that like their melodic Prog to be busy and intense (somewhat of a paradox?), something that bands like Spock's Beard and Echolyn (even more so) have been giving us for nearly thirty years, should really get their hands on Edit Peptide by Bubblemath. Prognosis
- The Geocentric Universe (Earth as center of the universe and God as an anthropomorphic entity)
- The Mechanical Universe (the cosmos is a complex machine where parts interact with each other based on physical laws. God does not exist)
- The Entangled Universe (rather than isolated entities, we are actually all “connected”)
- Oneness (rather than “connected” we are really one. Like waves in the sea…)
In addition to Cesar G. Forero’s “Mishima’s Dream”, the album includes a remastered version of the piece “Canto XXVIII”. A piece that Cesar wrote for Dante’s Paradiso (issued in 2010 as part of Colossus’ Divine Comedy project).
Thursday, July 13, 2017
SENNI ESKELINEN & STRINGPUREE BAND - Senni Eskelinen Stringpurée Band/ Fedja (2008 & 2010, CD, FINLAND)
STRINGPURÉE BAND is a new and innovative trio from the Northern Savo region in Finland, and who sports a sound that combines modern arrangements and studio technology with more traditional instrumentation and mood. The band's primary 'engine' is the electric version of a Finnish string instrument known as a kantele, played by Senni Eskelinen.
The band's music is all instrumental ranging from neo-folk to free-form, and reflecting the strong tradition of introspective and progressive tendencies found in much of Scandinavian music.
While still in their early stages, STRINGPURÉE BAND has the makings of a long-lasting and vibrant act with the capacity to produce interesting and innovative sounds for years to come. Progarchive
SENNI ESKELINEN STRINGPURÉE BAND - Senni Eskelinen Stringpurée Band (2008)
Kärsivä omenapuu 5:35
Kuolleen miehen tanssi 8:25
Riivattu mies 4:27
Kaksi dinoa 7:08
Senni Eskelinen - kantele
Kalle Ylitalo - basso
Niko Votkin - rummut
STRINGPURÉE BAND - Fedja (2010)
Far East Western
Senni Eskelinen- kantele
Kalle Ylitalo - basso
Niko Votkin - rummut
Stringpurée Band plays 100% raw progressive kantele -music. The trio, hailing from the backwoods of the Northern Savo region in Finland, is here to win over audiences of all kinds with their innovative instrumental sound. The band has already, in its few years of existence, managed to develop a sound which is highly personal. Partial credit for this of course also goes to Stringpurée Band’s unique line up, which consists of electric kantele, bass and drums. The original music composed by the three members echoes the roots of Finnish progressive and psychedelic musical tradition. So go ahead, have some Stringpurée. http://texicalligallery.com/portfolio/stringpuree-band/
Sunday, July 9, 2017
During the years the band went through many troubles and line up changes and it wasn't until 2010 that they managed to release a real debut album on the independent label Btf/AMS, “L'onda vertebrata: Lost + Found Vol. 1”, with pieces composed from 1990 to 1997 re-arranged and properly re-recorded in studio in 2009 by a line up featuring Rocco Lomonaco (guitars, banjo, mandolin, quatro, harmonica), Franco Sciscio (vocals), Giuliana Di Mitrio (vocals), Maria Mianulli (flute), Francesco Manfredi (clarinet), Michele Motola (sax), Gianfranco Menzella (sax), Francesco Panico (trumpet), Francesco Tritto (trombone), Tommaso De Vito Francesco (bass, oboe), Michele Fracchiolla (drums, percussion, vibraphone, marimba), Pino Manfredi (piano, keyboards), Duilio Maci (violin) and Angela Schiralli (cello). In my opinion, the final result of their efforts is excellent! The sonic experiments of the band are never too extreme or self-indulgent and the well balanced arrangements avoid the wild territories of “musique concrète”. The music flows away without weak moments and I'm sure that even those who are not in love with avant-garde will find this challenging work rewarding. Italian Prog Map.
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Most notable to prog fans is the appearance of Bernard Paganotti (Magma) on this recording. While his influence may escape the ears, Paganotti has on a number of Zeuhl and related recordings.
B&B – LP 0710
60年代から活躍するジャズコンポーザー/ピアノ奏者Angel Pocho Gattiが、70年代の末に打楽器奏者Giampiero Giustiら新進気鋭の若手と結成したGatti Giusti Forti & C。フリージャズを空間的モードへと磨き上げた81年の傑作。白眉はな～んと云ってもタイトルトラック『La Valle Della Luna』。予感に満ちたイマジネイティヴなインプロヴィゼイションから怒涛のクライマックスへとずんずん昂まっていく圧巻の10分。その他も空間的音響を駆使した月面旅情まんてんのスピリチュアルフュージョン全4曲収録。ジャケもいい感じ！大推薦盤！
Hasse Bruniusson - MannaMinne (Alternativ ALP-14, 1983)
サムラのドラマーのソロ。彼はフラワー・キングスのメンバーでもある（パーカッション担当）。そのためか Roine Stolt が参加（プロデュースも）している。80年代デジタル・サウンド、ニューウェーヴ風ヴォーカル曲にズッコケるが、メロディは少しサムラ的でホッとする。ドラムがブルフォードっぽい "Fritt Efter Fripp" などという曲がある。未ＣＤ化（だと思う）
SKYWHALE / The World At Minds End
1977 FIREBRAND RECORDS DM013
2. Hydralic Fever
3. Two Budda Garage
1. The World At Minds End
2. Eternal Optimist (Therat)
まあ聴いてみるとその通りかもしれませんが、Jazz Rock や Fusion の要素も多分に
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Electromagnets - self-titled 1975 Texas LP featuring Eric Johnson
Electromagnets - II (Unreleased 2nd work)
Electromagnets are best known as the launching ground for Eric Johnson, one of the great guitarists of the ’80s and ’90s. Johnson was known for his clear tones and amazing technical skill — two things that are apparent on the Electromagnets’ first and only album. The group followed the path of such trailblazing fusion groups as the Mahavishnu Orchestra, creating an amalgam of rock, jazz, blues and the avant-garde. Unlike many of their peers, the Electromagnets were loose, letting themselves bend the beat and have fun. As a result, their album is more enjoyable than most ’70s fusion records… Johnson stands out with his crystal clear guitar and tasteful solos. His presence makes Electromagnets the curiosity it is, but also makes it more than an odd historical item.