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sábado, 18 de novembro de 2017

John McLaughlin, Jaco Pastorius & Tony Williams (The Trio of Doom) - Jazz Fusion


The Trio of Doom was a short-lived jazz fusion power trio consisting of John McLaughlin on guitar, Jaco Pastorius on bass, and Tony Williams on drums. They were brought together by Columbia Records in 1979 to play the Havana Jam festival in Cuba alongside Billy Joel, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, and others.

Their only live performance was on March 3, 1979, and it is recorded on Ernesto Juan Castellanos's documentary Havana Jam '79.

On March 8, 1979, the group reconvened in New York City to record the songs they had played live, but a dispute broke out between Pastorius and Williams. An album was released on June 26, 2007, on Legacy Recordings, containing five tracks from Havana Jam and five recorded in the studio. Entitled simply "Trio of Doom". The album contained the following songs:

"Drum Improvisation" (Tony Williams) – 2:46
"Dark Prince" (John McLaughlin) – 6:36
"Continuum" (Jaco Pastorius) – 5:11
"Para Oriente" (Tony Williams) – 5:42
"Are You the One? Are You the One?" (John McLaughlin) – 4:51
"Dark Prince" (John McLaughlin) – 4:11
"Continuum" (Jaco Pastorius) – 3:49
"Para Oriente" (alternate take one) (Tony Williams) – 1:05
"Para Oriente" (alternate take two) (Tony Williams) – 0:20
"Para Oriente" (Tony Williams) – 5:28

Tracks 1-5 were recorded March 3, 1979, at the Karl Marx Theater, Havana, Cuba. Tracks 6-10 were recorded March 8, 1979, at CBS Studios, New York.






Five Dollar Shoes - Heavy Post Psych East Coast Rock


Singer Mike Milius started as a singer songwriter writing topical songs for Folkways Broadside Magazine and records. One of his topical songs "The Ballad of Martin Luther King" did quite well in folk circles which may have been the impetus for his being signed. He recorded a solo album in 1969 "Desperado" (Uni) which is in hard rock, singer songwriter, folk and oddball styles. It, and the Martin Luther King song may have been the impetus for the signing to Neighborhood records though the album here is quite different in style again.

The music is of its time. It is heavy post psych East Coast rock … like The Illusion, Vanilla Fudge, and Mountain with an emphasis on the beat. There are heavy glam rock tendencies but there are also some hedged bets with some rustic blues boogie country notes. Think the New York Dolls meet Cactus or The Allman Brothers Band… though there are hints of 1970-72 era Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones and The Kinks.

The music is unpretentious and straight ahead with enough thump to make it interesting. The singer Millius has a rasp in his voice … perhaps one of the raspiest voices I have heard. Some of the vocals sound positively strangled. And that is perhaps one of the problems (even though that type of vocal was not uncommon at the time). Millius wrote or co-wrote all of the tunes so he knows what he is doing (and looking for) but his voice (to my ears) only seems to fit the more "rustic" numbers, not the glam rock numbers. Those songs have to succeed on the strength of the song itself and they don't always. The production, also, is a little muddy.

Lyrically, the album dwells, despite the rustic numbers on the "mean" streets of New York. Every song is about the seediness of the big city (specifically NYC) or escaping it. The boy shining shoes on the front sleeve and the city backdrop in the inner sleeve reinforce "life in the city". Dion, Brill Building poppers and others had already shown the potential of such themes, and Bruce Springsteen would make those themes into an artistic song craft a couple of years down the track. Here the framework is up but the songs are a little unfinished … some of the songs sound like they need another verse to finish off the narrative.

This is fun music but a little of this goes a long way and the success of the song, especially when turned up to "11", depends on how catchy the song is.




Warlock - Heavy Metal (Germany)


Warlock were a German heavy metal band, assembled in 1982 with members of the underground bands Snakebite and Beast. The band gained popularity and some commercial success in Europe in the mid-1980s, due also to the personality and stage presence of lead vocalist Doro Pesch. Warlock supported on tour successful metal bands, such as W.A.S.P., Judas Priest, Dio and Megadeth.

By the end of the decade, Doro Pesch was the sole original member who remained in the band and she was forced to change the name to Doro for legal reasons. Doro, the band, continues to play several songs taken from the Warlock repertoire in their live shows.

The band has reunited for festival appearances and special occasions since 2003, under the name Warlock 1986.



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sexta-feira, 17 de novembro de 2017

BRIMSTONE - Symphonic Prog • United States


Not much is known about this band and it is hard to come by information. What is known is that Brimstone was formed in Canton, Ohio by Chris Wintrip in the early 1970's and went through many changes throughout the years. Their debut album from 1973 "Paper Winged Dreams" has been released on CD by Chris Wintrip, Gregg Andrews, and Bernie Nau from the band. It has long instrumental part in which the keyboards and guitar alternate their roles. The second part is a suite in five parts with vocal solos and vocal harmonies and pleasant guitar playing. 
They kept touring in the 80's with some new members replacing those who have left, and have decided to keep close to their home town for their shows. 



Waltel Blanco - Jazz Fusion & Samba (Brazil)


Waltel Branco (Paranaguá, November 22, 1929) is a Brazilian conductor, composer and arranger. In Curitiba he formed a jazz band along with his brother Ismael Branco (drums) and with the then revelation Gebran Sabag (piano). In 1949 he went to Rio de Janeiro and then to Cuba, still in his youth, along with singer Lia Ray, to be the arranger, musical director and guitarist of the group that formed. In this country, he had the opportunity to play with Perez Prado, Mongo Santamaria and Chico O'Farrel, helping to create the mix of jazz, Cuban and Brazilian music that changed the salsa and later influenced jazz fusion, of which Waltel is considered one of the precursors.

In the United States, around 1952/53, he joined the trio of drummer Chico Hamilton. Returning to Brazil was of fundamental importance in the format of bossa nova, living in a pension with Joao Gilberto, with whom he played a long partnership, being an arranger and friend ever since.

After a short tour of Europe and Asia, Waltel decided to study music and soundtrack, going back to the United States, where he had contact with the incidental music of the conductor Stanley Wilston and with the guitarist Sal Salvador, who in turn played with Nat King Cole , with whom Waltel came to form a trio, besides producing a disc for the brother Fred Cole and for the daughter Natalie Cole. Later she met singer Peggy Lipton (who married Quincy Jones) and her sister Lede Saint-Clair, whom she married.

With a career agitated by jazz and erudite music, in the midst of great names, he got to know the conductor Henry Mancini and to integrate the team that this one commanded, responsible for several sound tracks and compositions, among them the famous Panther Cor-de -Pink. Still in the United States he worked and recorded with Franco Rosolino, Charles Mariano, Sam Noto, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Lewis and Max Bennett.

It was in 1963, far from home, the conductor came to meet the businessman Roberto Marinho, who, recognizing his talent, called him to the then young Rede Globo, where he would compose a select team of radio station musicians with Radamés Gnatalli, César Guerra Peixe and Guido de Moraes.

In Rio de Janeiro, he recorded the records Guitarra em Chamas 1 and 2, along with guitarist Baden Powell and, having contact with the then innovative bossa nova, participated in the arrangements of Chega de Saudade, by João Gilberto, with whom he came to work for a long period...




Ocquityn - Progressive Metal (Germany)


Personnel:
- Jioti Parcharidis - all vocals
- Dankfried Zickler - guitars, keyboards
- Ralph Rixen - bass, producer
- Guido Schultefrankenfeld - drums
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- Arman Gregor - additional keyboards





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quinta-feira, 16 de novembro de 2017

Bernard Wright - Jazz & Funk (USA)


Bernard Wright (born November 16, 1963) is an American funk and jazz keyboardist and singer who began his career as a session musician and later released four solo albums. Wright was born in Jamaica, Queens, New York. He attended the High School of Performing Arts in New York. Classmates included writer Carl Hancock Rux, gospel recording artist Desiree Coleman Jackson, and rappers Slick Rick and Dana Dane. He was offered a slot touring with Lenny White when he was 13, and he played with Tom Browne at the age of 16.

GRP Records signed him in 1981 and released his debut album 'Nard, tracks from which were prominently sampled in hits by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Skee-Lo, and LL Cool J. The album was re-released in 2001. He followed with Funky Beat (1983) on Arista and Mr. Wright (1985) on Manhattan Records. The latter of these albums included his biggest R&B appearance, "Who Do You Love", for which a video was made that is featured in the title sequence of Video Music Box. In 1990 he released the gospel album Fresh Hymns.[10] In 2000 he formed a duo with Alfredo Elias and Damon Banks and released the album Back To Our Roots. Wright has also appeared on recordings by musicians such as Miami Mike Devine Pennington, Doug E. Fresh, Cameo, Bobby Brown, Pieces of a Dream, Charles Earland, Marcus Miller, and Miles Davis. Since his recording days, Wright has continued playing keyboards in Dallas, where he mentors younger artists.


Kid Gusto - Cumbia, Eletronic Hip Hop


As both a drummer and DJ, KidGusto's approach to music is simple; he searches out unheard and forgotten sounds and then makes them his own. Originally from DC, he has spent the last seven years working within Los Angeles's rich and varied music community. In addition to his one-off parties and events DJ'ing around the city, he has also been busy in the studio about to release exclusive originals on TrueGrooves.




quarta-feira, 15 de novembro de 2017

My Pussy Belongs to Dad - Vocal Jazz (50's)


I highly recommend this one. Its the most bizarre set of tunes I've ever heard. Insensitive sexually themed sing-songs full of fun outdated slang and weird vegatable/sex organ metaphors.
'He Forget His Rubbers' is the highlight, with a wonderfully manic piano solo that comes very close to self-destructing. Its magical. Seriously.
One of the best oddities I've come across. The fact that this isn't as well known as Satan Is Real or By Request Only surprises me. Check this one out!

I know, very bizarre title, the cover has nudes and the cat is strange... Well, it was the fifties...



Originally released in 1957
Genre: Jazz, Pop, Stage & Screen
Style: Easy Listening, Smooth Jazz, Swing, Parody

Side A
1 - Faye Richmonde - My Pussy Belongs to Daddy
2 - Faye Richmonde - Sadie's Still Got the Rag On
3 - Faye Richmonde - I Want a Man to Gimme Some Luck
4 - Saul T. Peter - I Tried It Everywhere
5 - Saul T. Peter - She Sits Among the Cabbages and Peas
Side B
1 - Saul T. Peter - Don't Give Me No Goose for Christmas, Santa
2 - Angelina - He Forgot His Rubbers
3 - Miss Dee - Hey Mister Ice Man!
4 - Miss Dee - Things Are Soft for Grandma
5 - Faye Richmonde - Tony's Got Hot Nuts

SCARAMOUCHE - Symphonic Prog • Germany


This is a one album German band, with the membership consisting of Johannes Hofmann on keyboards, Martin Hofmann on bass, Tommy Weber on guitars, Robby Stein on drums, and Holger Funk on lead vocals (with Julia Wollny contributing some backup vocals). The name (for the group and the 1981 album) comes from the classic Italian Commedia dell'Arte character, created by Tibor Fiorillo.

The vocals are in English, and the influence does not stop with language. There are also comparisons to Genesis, Yes, and Pink Floyd. Other major influences are Grobschnitt and Machiavel. The music is primarily symphonic, but manages to incorporate conventional rock. Blues, rock, pop, and even funk elements are added to the mix. 

They are hailed for the tight, skillful instrumentals, and vocal harmonies. Recommended for fans of Grobschnitt and Machiavel.

H.T. Riekels (bhikkhu)



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terça-feira, 14 de novembro de 2017

The Gaddabouts - Folk Rock (USA)


A New York supergroup of sorts, the Gaddabouts is fronted by singer/songwriter Edie Brickell, anchored by drummer Steve Gadd, and featuring guitarist Andy Fairweather-Low and bassist Pino Palladino. Their eponymous 2011 debut -- released just a week after Brickell's self-titled 2011 album -- is in comfortable territory for the group’s singer/songwriter, filled with the kind of rangy, loping folk-rock that turned her into a star back in 1988, but it also has an element of serious cabaret swing and torch song, plus a bit of blues, the group so dexterous they slide into these old-timey threads without causing a ripple. The songs are all sturdy enough, but the appeal of The Gaddabouts is that relaxed, seasoned professionalism: the band has considerable chops but they never flaunt their skill, they lay back into the groove and it’s hard not to find their easy sway ingratiating.



Musicians:
Edie Brickell – vocals, guitar;
Andy Fairweather Low – vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar;
Pino Palladino – bass, guitar;
Steve Gadd – drums, percussion.
Additional musicians:
Joey DeFrancesco – piano, organ, Rhodes piano, melodica, trumpet
Gil Goldstein – accordion, Hammond B3 organ
Ronnie Cuber – baritone saxophone
Marcus Rojas – tuba
Luisito Quintero – congas
Dan Block – clarinet

Kings Of The Valley - Psychedelic Hard Rock


Kings of the Valley is a norwegian rock band with music influenced by 70´s prog and newer stoner rock amongst other styles.

Kings Of The Valley Channels The 70's On Its Debut EP ..

Groovey 70's rock with epic flip and streak of stoner rock in the same street as Motorpsycho. More descriptive explanation has not been signed. 

That the guys can play is no doubt where it thunders and freshes and grows through almost 20 minutes spread out over 3 songs. The organ work is amazing and is the perfect seasoning many bands are missing. If you're fond of 70's rock, at least 2 out of 3 of the songs are in taste in the vast majority.

+ Velvet ..

+ Occasionally epic and grand. Dynamic good.

+ Cool production with a good late 60 to late 70's sound.

+ Rotosphere feels like an epic jam. Smells Motorpsycho long way ... in a good way.

- A little too high with the effect on vocals all the way.

- "Wake Up" steals too much apples from the same tree. Will be a little bit of a dumpling song, considering how much it sounds like they've stolen directly from Queens Of The Stone Age's "The Blood Is Love". And when the band name is Kings Of The Valley, which is not so terribly far away from the Queens Of The Stone Age, this becomes a direct whistle and is easy to crawl. And when 1/3 of an EP feels a bit like this, it does much with the first impression.






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Zykes Cross - Progressive Metal (Germany)


Zykes Cross was a Progressive Power Metal band from Germany formed in 1994. They released an album called Altered Stated 1996 and also released 2 demos.

Personnel:
- Djuro Petkovic - vocals
- Sascha Koop - guitars
- Christoph Wagner - guitars
- Steffen "The Nuke" Hildenbrand - bass
- Pasquale Marino - drums
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- Jan Thomas - keyboards (04) 
- Michael Jesch - producer



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segunda-feira, 13 de novembro de 2017

Elmira - Danish Psychedelic Prog Rock


Danish no-fi prog-hard rock sounds with blues and folk inspirations. Organ and guitar led real people music. Elmira never made it big, or even recorded an album while they existed. 'Lady of the Mountain' is recorded in 1972-76 and shows a stoned and long haired blast. Definitely a winner, with plenty of room for long instrumental madness. Some elements of Deep Purple, but nowhere near a copy of. A lot more hard rock than prog. Definitely performed by people with a genuine love for the sounds. Alternating between hard rock with firey guitar, and organ rich instrumental jams. A bit lacking in the sound quality department, but still way worth it. This album only came to light in 2000. Heavy rock with an attitude.



The Tremolo Beer Gut - Surf Rock (Denmark)


Armed with their Hawaiian shirts and vintage surf rock, the trio of Sune Wagner (guitar), Yebo (drums) and Per Sunding (bass) formed under the moniker of The Tremolo Beer Gut in 1998. Natives of Denmark, the trio of instrumental quirkness brought along their whitecap covers of Kraftwerk and Sonic Youth before releasing their first single "While Squaresville Is Watching From Afar..." in 1999. That same year, "the Crunchiest of Frogs" followed with the bands first full-length The Inebriated Sounds Of The TremoloBeer Gut.






SANVOISEN - Progressive Metal • Germany


SANVOISEN was a progressive metal band from Baden-Württemberg, Germany, formed in 1990. It was not until 1992 that the line-up was solidified and in 1993 they released their only demo 'Exotic Ways', which was particularly well received by the press. The positive response encouraged the band to play numerous gigs in Germany. In the summer of the same year the band recorded a 4-track tape in Cologne's White House Studios with producer Luke Herzog (keyboardist and arranger of SCORPIONS) that led to the band signing to Noise Records.

In the summer of 1994 they started the production of their debut using the same studio and producer as before and the album was finally mixed by Tommy Newton in Hannover's Stairway to Heaven studios, and released in January 1995 entitled 'Exotic Ways', borrowing the title of their demo. Several live performances followed, among them appearances in festivals with SAXON, URIAH HEEP and DEEP PURPLE. End of 1995 finds them concentrating on the pre-production of the follow-up album, which was recorded in the spring of 1996 with Tommy Newton as the producer in Stairway to Heaven studios. 'Soul Seasons' was released in January 1997.

The band's line-up had remained unchanged during their two major releases: Vaggelis MARANIS - Vocals, Angel SCHÖNBRUNN - Guitar, Hendrik BÖTTCHER - Guitar, Horst Gamo ANDREE - Bass, Ulf S. GOKELER - Drums. The band recorded in 1999/2000 a so far unreleased 4-track demo under a different line-up - indeed SCHÖNBRUNN was the only remaining member at the time - and disbanded in 2000.

SANVOISEN's sound is representative of the German power-progressive metal scene that saw a rise in fame in the 90's, although they incorporate also influences from QUEENSRYCHE and melodic metal. Fans of CONCEPTION might also find similar elements in their music.

Biography by aapatsos




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