sexta-feira, 27 de maio de 2016

Alrune Rod - Scandinavian Psych Prog Rock

Banda dinamarquesa formada na capital Copenhague no fim dos anos 60 e que lançou meia dúzia de discos entre 1969 e 1975, o Alrune Rod foi um dos grupos psicodélicos mais populares do país na época. Sendo o guitarrista e vocalista Leif Roden o único membro original que permaneceu até o fim da banda. (

This album from 1974 sees the communal Alrune Rod stripped down to a more commercial four piece band, but still featuring the countryish psychedelic West Coast guitar sound of the earlier albums set against a more melodic song based backing. An album that is very much more in a good time rock and roll vein, with some nice melodic jazzy pop touches. (Freak Emporium)

quarta-feira, 25 de maio de 2016

3rd World Electric • Jazz Rock/Fusion

3rd World Electric biography (

Roine Stolt is one of best-known Swedish progressive rock guitarist and keyboardist, played with Kaipa, The Flower Kings and Transatlantic bands, beside others. Bassist Jonas Reingold played as session jazz and rock musician and with some Scandinavian bands as well, most recently - as member of The Flower Kings and Karmakanic. One day in summer 2008 they both tried to play some tunes in jazz-fusion key, and whenever the result was more than attractive to them, new band was born. They completed new project's team with strong prog and jazz musicians: 

Zoltan Csorsz is Hungarian-Swedish drummer, played with many Scandinavian jazz musicians (incl. Jonas Hellborg) and was a member of Stolt's founded band The Flower Kings. Keyboardist Lalle Larsson played as session jazz and rock musicians, as well as with some progressive and metal bands, incl. Karmakanic. US drummer Dave Weckl is respectable jazz and fusion musician ( played with Brecker Brothers, as member of Chick Corea Elektric and Akoustic Bands, beside many others).Ayi Solomon is Ghana-born and Denmark-based reggae and afro-beat percussionist. Karl-Martin Almquist is Swedish jazz sax player, have released some solo recordings.

Debut album was recorded in 2009.

"The intention of this new combo was to explore a more rootsy and with a bit of grit fusion with a groove, we hope for a funkier, more electric, like a bastard son of Band Of Gypsies and early Weather Report or Headhunters afrofunk & fusion.
.....and we're hoping to bring it to you LIVE in a not so distant future

Ready to groove ?" Roine Stolt & Jonas Reingold August 2009

Line-up / Musicians

.Roine Stolt - Guitars, Rhodes, Minimoog, Clavinet, Percussion
.Jonas Reingold - Fender & Warmoth Basses, Additional Synth
.Lalle Larsson - Piano, Rhodes & Synth
.Karl-Martin Almqvist - Tenor & Soprano Saxophones
.Dave Weckl - Drums
.Zoltan Czörsz - Drums
.Ayi Solomon - Congas, Shakers & Percussion

segunda-feira, 23 de maio de 2016

Eugene McDaniels - Psychedelic Soul/Funk/Jazz Rhythms

In the early 1970s, McDaniels recorded on the Atlantic label, which released his albums Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse and Outlaw. According to one source: "Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse is a standard-bearer for psychedelic soul/funk/jazz rhythms and is borrowed frequently for its samples." In the 1980s, he recorded an album with the percussionist Terry Silverlight, which has not yet been released. In 2005, McDaniels released Screams & Whispers on his own record label. In 2009, it was announced that he was to release a new album, Evolution's Child, which featured his lyrics, and a number of songs composed or arranged with pianist Ted Brancato. Some of the songs featured jazz musician Ron Carter on concert bass and Terri Lyne Carrington on drums. 

McDaniel's "Jagger the Dagger" was featured on the Tribe Vibes breakbeat compilation album, after it had been sampled by A Tribe Called Quest. McDaniels also appeared in films. They included It's Trad, Dad! (1962, released in the United States as Ring-A-Ding Rhythm), which was directed by Richard Lester. McDaniels also appeared in The Young Swingers (1963). He is briefly seen singing in the choir in the 1974 film Uptown Saturday Night. He was the original voice actor for "Nasus", a champion in the computer game League of Legends. McDaniels lived as a self-described "hermit" in the state of Maine. In 2010 he launched a series of YouTube videos on his website, featuring his music and thoughts on some of his creations. McDaniels died peacefully on July 29, 2011, at his home.

- Eugene McDaniels - vocals
- Richie Resnikoff - guitar
- Harry Whitaker - piano, musical durector
- Gary King - electric bass
- Miroslav Vitous - acoustic bass
- Alphonse Mouzon - drums
- Carla Cargill - female vocals

sábado, 21 de maio de 2016

7 for 4 - Instrumental Progressive Fusion

7 for 4 (or 7for4) is a largely instrumental progressive metal project led by guitarist Wolfgang Zenk, a former member of Sieges Even. Zenk has also produced all the band's albums to date. The band have released three albums through MGI records between 2001 and 2008, but have not achieved major commercial success. As is typical in the genre and in similar bands such as Liquid Tension Experiment and Liquid Trio Experiment, each 7 for 4 composition typically takes in elements from several different genres. For example, "E-Gyptian" contains strong elements of both Latin American and metal genres.

Wolfgang Zenk - Guitars
Markus Grützner - bass guitar
Klaus Engl - drums
Markus Froschmeier - keyboards

quinta-feira, 19 de maio de 2016

Preacher • Crossover Prog (Scotland)

Preacher biography
PREACHER is a new eight piece progressive rock band from United Kingdom; inspired by the likes of PINK FLOYD, the group is dedicated to elaborate visual shows on stage and maintains a very active concert schedule. Their debut album was inspired by the likes of FLOYD, YES and KING CRIMSON and classic rock.

Line-up / Musicians
- Martin Murphy / Vocals, Guitar
- Arnold (Arny) Burgoyne / Keyboards
- Greg Murphy / Lead Guitar
- Gordon Munro / Bass
- Iain Duncan / Drums
- Ron Rodger / Acoustic Guitar
- Angela Bell / Backing Vocals
- Kerry McWhinnie / Backing Vocals


terça-feira, 17 de maio de 2016

$27 Snap on Face - Psychedelic Rock

 $27 Snap On Face released one album in 1977 called 'Heterodyne State Hospital' on the independent label Heterodyne Records. Their sound was actually fairly straightforward prog/rock with a few alternative gems thrown in for good measure. Sounding like an early Frisco hippie act fronted by Frank Zappa, the focus here is sublime and not so much about musicality as it is lyrical content. If weird cult bands are your thing, then you'll surely find something to love about $27 Snap On Face. This elusive piece of west coast psychedelia is, if anything, something you're not likely to ever forget.

Bass, Vocals – Steve Nelson (12)
Drums – Ron Ingalsbe
Guitar – Jim Doherty
Guitar, Vocals – Bob "S" O'Connor
Vocals, Percussion – David Petri

domingo, 15 de maio de 2016

Shotgun - American Funk Band

Shotgun are an American funk band, from Detroit, Ohio, who recorded six albums between 1977 and 1982. They also had eight hit records on the Billboard R&B chart, the most successful being "Don't You Wanna Make Love" which reached #35 on the R&B chart in 1979.[2] The band was formed by 24-Carat Black band members William Talbert, Tyrone Steels, Ernest Lattimore and Gregory Ingram. Of the band's 1977 debut album Shotgun, Dusty Groove said, "The first album by Shotgun — one of the many major label funk groups who flourished briefly at the end of the 70s. The group have a harder sound than most of this nature — with plenty of guitars in the mix, and an overall heavier sound than you’d expect from an effort of this type. In fact, there’s almost a rock/funk kind of groove going on — one that would be more typical of early 70s crossover efforts on Epic, in the wake of Sly Stone and other artists like that.

Shotgun (1977)

Shotgun III (1979)

sexta-feira, 13 de maio de 2016

Mice on Stilts - Crossover Prog • New Zealand (II)

Mice On Stilts have created something rather special. Undoubtedly cut from the same cloth as the likes of Stephen Wilson/The Porcupine Tree – a true compliment rather than an accusation of any kind of plagiarism. Likewise, suggestions of early Pink Floyd etc., really just giving a bit of an idea as to pace, scope and musical vision. Call it prog rock or doom folk… if you know Wilson’s canon, this is all that and more. The line up of the band has changed since the band’s 2013 debut EP ‘An Ocean Held Me’, and so has the sound. Of the original line up, apart from songwriter Benjamin Morley on guitar and vocals, only Tim Burrows (who produced and engineered ‘AOHM’, now on on bass) and Rob Sanders on drums remain. This is a cinematic-quality release, with layers that gradually reveal themselves – and without overstated bombast of any kind. More, gentle, introspective, intimate and honest. Overall though the album does lack dynamics, ups to contrast the downs – and while the linearity throughout makes for fantastic background-listening it doesn’t beg for radio play. ‘Hope For A Mourning’ is bleaker than its predecessor. Don’t look for pop here, rather the soundtrack of a dark art house movie that’s yet to be made. As a songwriter, Morley knows how to dip into the dark side of his mind, for both lyrics and melodies. A stalwart of Auckland’s live scene, he has the genre of ambient doom folk down to a t. • Ania Glowacz 


quarta-feira, 11 de maio de 2016

Pleasure - Soul, Funk & Jazz

Pleasure was a band from Portland, Oregon that blended soul, funk and jazz with a street edge that became a cult group on the underground black music scene of the late 70's. They are perhaps best known for their 1979 hit, "Glide". Pleasure was formed in Portland, Oregon, in 1972 as a merger of two Portland outfits: Franchise and The Soul Masters which included guitarist Marlon "The Magician" McClain, bassist Nathaniel Phillips, and drummer Bruce Carter, keyboardist Donald Hepburn, saxophonist Dennis Springer, trombonist Dan Brewster and lead singer Sherman Davis. In 1974 The Crusaders's Wayne Henderson saw them performing in a Portland club. Impressed with what he heard, his enthusiasm led them to a deal with Fantasy Records. This was the beginning of a six-year relationship with the label and a four-year relationship with Wayne Henderson who through his own production company "At Home Productions", was the band's producer and mentor. Along the way, members of the band did session work with artists like Side Effect, Gabor Szabo, Ronnie Laws and Willie Bobo to name a few. In 1979, Pleasure would have their best success with the Top Ten R&B hit "Glide". By 1982 after a one-off album for RCA the band called it quits. Drummer Bruce Carter (December 28, 1956) died on August 12, 2006.

segunda-feira, 9 de maio de 2016

The Light Year - Georgian Prog Rock

Mais uma descoberta do nosso explorador Peter Hammil. Um prog lá da Georgia, bem original...

In the 2000s, Sinatlis Tselitsadi (სინათლის წელიწადი, The Light Year) became a cult band between Georgian progressive rock fans. They started out with original-sounding lyrical symphonic prog, dropping electric guitar and incorporating chamber sections an sometimes even orchestras in their line-up. Through times, band went through many personnel changes diversifying their music, even including progressive metal influences. This piece that takes distinctly neoprog approach, is the title song from their third, upcoming album, which is due in the late 2015.

Thanks Peter!!!

sábado, 7 de maio de 2016

Funky Beats Prestige - Random Funk, Soul, and Soul-Jazz Cuts

Funky Beats collects ten random funk, soul, and soul-jazz cuts from the Prestige vaults. There are no real surprises here and it tends to be a little bit kitschy in certain areas, but on the whole, there are enough strong, funky, infectious tunes here to keep listeners interested. It does get a little samey at times, but on the whole, it's a solid, entertaining collection of spirited instrumentals. 

Dance, Baby, Dance

quinta-feira, 5 de maio de 2016

Tony Patterson

Tony Patterson is a solo artist/musician from the North East of England. Probably best known as the singer with the UK Genesis tribute act ReGenesis, he has also recorded four previous solo albums as well as working for TV and short film. His most recent work, ‘Northlands’, is a collaboration with fellow North-East musician Brendan Eyre (Riversea) and features guests including Steve Hackett and Nick Magnus. 

The first thing that grabs you about ‘Equations of Meaning’ is the superb artwork and photography, also a highlight of ‘Northlands’. This comes as no surprise as both were done by the talented Howard White and is featured throughout this review. I’ve often stated in the past that I am a sucker for excellent album art and this is no let-down.

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