domingo, 23 de julho de 2017

NIK TURNER Psychedelic/Space Rock • United Kingdom

The free-spirited Nik Turner was an established member of the late 60s London underground scene and a founder member of space-rock pioneers HAWKWIND, contributing a unique saxophone and flute style, and an increasingly inventive stage presence. On leaving Hawkwind, Nik embarked on a varied and busy career involving a number of projects, some of which overlapped with the space-rock style of Hawkwind while others veered off in a totally different direction. Through most of the 1980s he led the eclectic punk band INNER CITY UNIT, joined Twink of the Pink Fairies in a band called PINKWIND, rejoined Hawkwind for a further spell, and relocated to a Welsh new-age commune from where he led a big swing band called THE NIK TURNER ALL-STARS. 

In the 1990s, Nik moved to USA where he immersed himself in an alternative-progressive scene, working with 'industrial' influenced artists including HELIOS CREED and PRESSUREHED. On re-establishing contact with former HAWKWIND members Del Dettmar and Simon House, he would form SPACE RITUAL specifically to play traditional Hawkwind covers and new music in that style, as well as recording as the spacey ANUBIAN NIGHTS. Into the 2000s, SPACE RITUAL remains as an occasional performing band with a fluid line-up of former Hawkwind members and associates, including the late Robert Calvert. He continues to guest for a number of artists such as jazz/funk band GALAKTIKOSs and American space-rockers SPACESEED.

Nik's 'solo' career has remained within the space-psych genre. His first post-Hawkwind project was a collaboration with Gong stalwarts Steve Hillage and Tim Blake [amongst others] under the pseudonym NIK TURNER'S SPHINX which in 1978 released a single album - 'Xitintoday' - of atmospheric psychedelia based on flute recordings from inside Egypt's Great Pyramid. He would revisit this style in 1993 with a re-worked version called 'Sphinx', while also returning to his Hawkwind roots with 1994's 'Prophets Of Time' and the live set 'Space Ritual 1994' that would provide the impetus for the establishment of the Space Ritual band.

Nik's contribution to classic line-ups of Hawkwind's pioneering years, and his continued work steeped in psychedelia and space-rock, makes him a core player in the space-psych genre and an essential addition to Prog Archives.


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sábado, 22 de julho de 2017

Samsara Blues Experiment

Samsara Blues Experiment is a German band founded in summer 2007 by guitarist Christian Peters after leaving the band Terraplane.

The line-up since autumn 2008 includes Hans Eiselt on second guitar, Richard Behrens on bass and Thomas Vedder on drums. All members had been active in different underground bands before. Samsara Blues Experiment plays a mixture between Stoner Rock, Psychedelic Rock and folkloristic influences, especially from Raga.

After releasing the first demo the band performed on various occasions in Germany, USA west coast, Italy, Austria, Netherlands and Belgium.

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The Bamboos - Deep Funk (Australia)

Australia's premier deep funk outfit are masters of super-heavy, raw, and upfront drum break-driven grooves. This record collects the first (and extremely rare) "Step It Up" single and exclusive tracks, including bruising funk tracks with Quantic/Tru Thoughts vocalist Alice Russell. Their sound is heavily influenced by The Meters, James Brown, Eddie Bo, Grant Green, Melvin Sparks, Jimmy Smith, Reuben Wilson, Boogaloo Joe Jones, Idris Mohummad, and other funk originators from the late '60s through the early '70s, but they also boast a big, well-rounded sound as they grew up on hip-hop and other forms of dance music. "The drumming is what really makes the whole thing kick - rolling along like a JB's b-side, but with some of the tightest electric guitar work we've a while!" - Dustygroove. For fans of Breakestra, Antibalas, Sharon Jones, Quantic Soul Orchestra.

Carey Bell - Blues Harmonica (USA)

Carey Bell (November 14, 1936 – May 6, 2007) was an American blues musician who played harmonica in the Chicago blues style. Bell played harmonica and bass guitar for other blues musicians from the late 1950s to the early 1970s before embarking on a solo career. Besides his own albums, he recorded as an accompanist or duo artist with Earl Hooker, Robert Nighthawk, Lowell Fulson, Eddie Taylor, Louisiana Red and Jimmy Dawkins and was a frequent partner with his son, the guitarist Lurrie Bell. Blues Revue called Bell "one of Chicago’s finest harpists." The Chicago Tribune said Bell was "a terrific talent in the tradition of Sonny Boy Williamson and Little Walter.

After his discovery by Charlie Musselwhite we first heard Carey Bell in little West side bars where the price of admission was, at most, a dollar. It was obvious that he should be recorded and sessions were held using the musicians who played with him at those little corner taverns. Most of the bars and the sidemen have faded from the scene but Carey Bell, Pinetop Perkins and Jimmy Dawkins have earned well-deserved fame. Carey went on to become a member of Earl Hooker's best band, then held membership in the bands of Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, and worldwide tours while his own group, often including his gifted son Lurrie. There's a passion and a hunger in his first performances that makes this album a must for fans of Chicago blues harp.

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sexta-feira, 21 de julho de 2017

Topos Uranos - Prog Rock (Brazil)

Brazilian band (from Niterói - RJ) formed in 1991, Topos Uranos released a good debut LP two years later. Accumulating some performances in theaters and concert halls in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the group impressed the audience with their technical preparation and the instrumental complexity of the compositions, demonstrating a vigor only partially present in the vinyl. The band would also break up in 1993 with the departure of guitarist Arthur Nogueira and his sister, Virginia, who until then was producer and businesswoman of the band. "(ECR).

Topos Uranos, hails from Brazil and consist of 4 amazing musicians. This, their only record, is a wonderful journey, into what the Brazilian progscene, have to offer, when it comes to complex, well written and great performed prog rock. There is not many vocals on this, more some narrated sounds of a sort. But the main thing here, are the complex way the music is performed.

Arthur Nogueira - guitar and vocals
Jorge Mathias - bass
André Dias - keyboards
Paulo Márcio - bateria

Mystic Suite - 1993 - Eternal Light Project / 1996 - Eternal Light Project

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Jesus Bachiller - Great Jazz from Spain

It covers a great variety of styles, jazz, funk, groove, afro ... which makes it a fresh project and without complexes. The disc is recorded live in Barcelona.

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Omnia - Paganfolk (Holland-Belgium)

Omnia is a Pagan folk band based in Holland/Belgium playing mostly self-composed music, with a sprinkling of traditional tunes from places like Ireland, Brittany and Afghanistan. The music is 100% acoustic - no synthesizers, no electric instruments, no programming. Omnia has played a variety of Gothic, Folk, Fantasy and Medieval festivals in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria and Hungary. They sing in English, Gaelic, Breton, Finnish, German, Latin and Hindi. Instruments include Celtic harp, mouth harp, hurdy-gurdy, bodhran, guitar, bouzouki, didgeridoo, flutes of all kinds, bagpipes, various drums and percussion instruments.

Omnia is a self-described "neoceltic pagan folk" band based in the Netherlands and whose members over the years have had Irish, Dutch, Cornish, Belgian and Persian backgrounds. Their music takes on the form of various cultural routes, from places around the world such as Ireland, England, Cornwall and Persia. They sing in English, Irish, Breton, Finnish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Latin, and Hindi, and play Celtic harp, mouth harp, hurdy-gurdy, bodhrán, guitar, bouzouki, didgeridoo, flutes of all kinds, bagpipes, various drums and percussion instruments.

The Band:
- Steve "Sic" Evans van der Harten (lead vocals, double flute, overtone flute, whistle, bouzouki, darbukka, dombek, davul, mouth harp)
- Jennifer "Jenny" Evans van der Harten (lead vocals, Celtic tall harp, piano, hurdy-gurdy, bodhrán, hammered dulcimer)
- Daphyd "Crow" Sens (slideridoo, didgeridoo, mouth harp, vocals)
- Rob "Thunder" van Barschot (drums and percussion)

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quinta-feira, 20 de julho de 2017

Caviars Blues Band - Blues Brazil

The high gastronomy of the blues now has one more item on the menu: the new album of the band Caviars has just come out! Wine, pain, love, and, why not, the delight in songs performed with category and viscerality.

The album features partnerships with Lee Marcucci (Rita Lee, Radio Taxi, Titãs), Paulinho Pessoa (Paulo Ricardo and PR5), Sá (Sá & Guarabyra), Hélcio Aguirra (State Coup), Cezar de Mercês Chui. Guappo Sauerbeck (vocal and harmonica), Mauro Hector (guitar), Ney Haddad (bass) and Alaor Ne

Big Allanbik - Blues Brazil

A group of blues formed in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Composed by Ricardo Werther (voice), Alan Ghreen (piano and organ), Big Gilson (guitar), Ugo Perrotta (bass) and Beto Wrether (drums) Performing in bars and nightclubs in Rio de Janeiro. In 1993, on the label Interdisc, he released the CD "Blues special reserve". In 1995, he released the album "Black coffee", an album with which the band achieved the greatest projection. The following year toured the United States (New York and Chicago) and performed in mythical venues for the blues, such as Blue Note. The group regularly participated in several blues festivals, both in Brazil and in foreign countries. In 2000, he performed the "Batuque y blues" show at the Rio de Janeiro Hard Rock Cafe.

quarta-feira, 19 de julho de 2017

Jan Akkerman - Jazz Fusion (Guitar)

Jan Akkerman (born 24 December 1946) is a Dutch guitarist. He first found international commercial success with the band Focus, which he co-founded with Thijs van Leer. After leaving Focus, he continued as a solo artist, adding jazz fusion influences. He has also introduced baroque music into his repertoire. Akkerman joined the Thijs van Leer Trio in late 1969 which, as the nascent band Focus was the pit band for the Dutch theatrical production of "Hair" (recorded as an album in 1969). Continuing under the name Focus, the band explored the progressive rock genre (an amalgam of classical, jazz, and rock music in short and extended instrumentals) and scored a few worldwide hits in the seventies (the singles "Hocus Pocus" and "Sylvia" and the certified Gold albums "Moving Waves" and Focus III). In 1973 Akkerman was chosen 'Best Guitarist in The World' by the readers of the UK magazine, Melody Maker. His standing was such that he teamed up with manufacturer Framus to produce one of the first 'signature' guitar models. In early 1976 Akkerman left Focus and continued his solo career, and collaborations with other musicians. The concept album "Eli", recorded with Kaz Lux on vocals, won the Dutch Edison Award for best album in 1976.

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TODD RUNDGREN Crossover Prog • United States

Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948) is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Hailed in the early stages of his career for both his own material and for his production of other artists, supported by the certified gold solo double album Something/Anything? in 1972, his career has produced a diverse and eclectic range of recordings often both as a solo artist and as a member of the band Utopia. Rundgren has often been at the forefront as a promoter of cutting edge recording technologies.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Rundgren engineered and/or produced many notable albums for other acts, including The Band's Stage Fright (1970), Badfinger's Straight Up (1971), Grand Funk Railroad's We're an American Band (1973), the New York Dolls's New York Dolls (1973), Hall & Oates's War Babies (1974), Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell (1977), and XTC's Skylarking (1986). In the 1980s and 1990s, his interest in video and computers led to his "Time Heals" (1981) being the eighth video played on MTV, and "Change Myself" (1991) was animated by Rundgren on commercially available Amiga computers.

His best-known songs include the 1972 singles "Hello It's Me" and "I Saw the Light", which have heavy rotation on classic rock radio stations, and the 1983 single "Bang the Drum All Day", which is featured in many sports arenas, commercials and movie trailers. Although lesser known, "Couldn't I Just Tell You" has had a major influence on artists in the power pop musical genre.

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terça-feira, 18 de julho de 2017

Lijadu Sisters - Afrobeat, Jazz (Nigeria)

The Lijadu Sisters, Taiwo and Kehinde Lijadu, are identical twin sisters from Nigeria who were an important music duet from the mid-1960s to the 1980s. They achieved success in Nigeria and had modest influence in the United States and Europe. They were notable for being a West African version of the Pointer Sisters who mixed Afrobeat sounds with jazz and disco, according to one source. Since the late 1980s, they retired from the music scene.

ØRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE Psychedelic/Space Rock • Multi-National

Øresund Space Collective biography (
It all started with some loose jam sessions in the rehearsal rooms of the bands Bland Bladen and Mantric Muse. Founded by Scott Heller aka Dr. Space (synth, management) in 2004 ØRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE (OSC) are a multinational crew which get together as often as possible to play free form improvised space rock music. The band name derives from the Øresund Bridge, connecting Denmark and Sweden since the year 2000. The purpose is to offer another flavour with every new session. This is guaranteed by everlasting line-up changes. 

The whole OSC family comprises more than 30 members in the meanwhile, temporarily entrusted by nearly every existing Nordic psych/space band. They have toured all over in Europe whilst collaborating with Sula Bassana and others. The musical trademark is provided by a grooving backbone in general. This is decorated by playful multiple guitars and a proper proportion of synthesizer and organ input. The interplay is somnambulistic due to a special spirit. All in all their music blends elements of psychedelic, space, dub, jazz and krautrock. Nearly every studio session or live gig has been recorded - the best-of excerpts got a place on several studio albums, starting with the eponymous debut in 2006. 

Additionally the band offer several recordings for free via their official website respectively other legal download platforms, for example Internet Archives. The Black Tornado Studios in Copenhagen must be beneficial for the band's spirit - with the result of several highlights. Released on Transubstans 'It's All About Delay' (2006) and 'Black Tomato' (2007) are critically acclaimed albums coming from jam sessions in early 2006. Two years later a different line-up recorded new high quality material at the same place. 'Slip Into The Vortex' and 'Dead Man In Space' have been already released in 2010, a third album is announced.

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segunda-feira, 17 de julho de 2017

BE BOP DELUXE Crossover Prog • United Kingdom

During the comparatively barren times for progressive music in the early 70s, guitarist Bill Nelson (William Nelson, 18 December 1948, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England) recorded the limited edition Northern Dream. Tapes of this collector's item were played by the pioneering disc jockey John Peel on his legendary BBC Radio programme, Top Gear. The line-up of Nelson, Nicholas Chatterton-Dew (drums), Robert Bryan (bass, vocals) and Ian Parkin (d. July 1995; guitar) recorded Axe Victim as BE-BOP DELUXE. Nelson soon disbanded the outfit, and following a tour supporting Cockney Rebel, he formed a new band, taking members from that fragmented unit. This short-lived combo also broke up. With the addition of bass player Charles Tumahai (b. New Zealand, d. 21 December 1995) and drummer Simon Fox, Nelson released Futurama and Sunburst Finish. The latter included a surprise hit single, "Ships In The Night". Nelson's undeniable talent as a guitarist began to dominate the band and as his technical virtuosity grew, the songs became weaker. Nelson abandoned the name in 1978 for the more radical Red Noise, retaining keyboard player Andrew Clark from the old band, although he now records under his own name. During their peak, Be-Bop Deluxe were an exciting and refreshing band who were ultimately unable to find a musical niche that suited their varied styles.

One of the pioneers of so called "art rock", Be Bop Deluxe never quite hit the heights they deserved, but their brand of intelligent pop/rock featured cleverly constructed songs played by excellent musicians, particularly the multi-talented Bill Nelson. Be Bop Deluxe were a mix of glam rock, electronic experimentation music, and straight out rock and roll.

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