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The Drum Nation (I & II)

Drum Nation Volume 1 features the Worldís Greatest Drummers performing with ensembles or solo. Terry Bozzio; Bill Bruford; Steve Smit...

sábado, 23 de setembro de 2017

Alan Parker & John Cameron - Afro Rock


African rhythms, jazzy instrumentation, rock inspiration, and a motherlode of funky sound library grooves from two of the best British maestros working in the business! The album's an early 70s gem from the KPM catalog -- one of the most sought-after records ever issued by the label -- and like the rest, never really made for public sale back at the time! Despite that humble origin, though, the grooves here are right up there with the funkiest work coming out from that side of the Atlantic at the time -- a brilliant post-colonial blend of acoustic percussion, electric keyboards, and a fair bit of fuzzy guitar -- all presented with a stripped-down, no-nonsense approach to the rhythms that's often funkier than work by some of the bigger names in the genre.

Alan Parker and John Cameron come together to compose this album that has become one of the most desireable KPM library albums. For once, the hype that surrounds this album is justified. From the opening "Heavy Water" to the close we are treated to 15 tracks of thumpin' afro rock rhythms and more percussion than you can shake a drumstick at. The pick of the tracks has to be the very famous "Swamp Fever" - a fantastic beaty pop track with heavy afro percussion. This track has been featured on many library compilation albums, once you hear it, you'll know why! Also, if you like "Swam Fever", check out "Safari So Good" and "Survival" - both definitely cut from the same cloth.



MAHTRAK - Jazz Rock/Fusion • Brazil


Mahtrak is a jazz-rock ensemble, born in 2001. The band's material sounds very original but at the same time true to the genre, yet mixing in a generous dose of progressive rock. On Panorama, their debut CD, recorded in 2004, they explore the vintage sounds of Hammond organ, Mellotron and Fender Rhodes, assimilating influences from such seminal artists as the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Caravan, Soft Machine, Jeff Beck, Return to Forever and Weather Report.




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AQUARIA - Prog Metal • BRAZIL


Aquaria is a symphonic power metal band from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The band was created in 1999 under the name Uirapuru. With this name he released two demos: Here Comes The Life and Flames Of Trinity. In 2005 is presented the band's first album entitled Luxaeterna. Two years later it is the turn of Shambala, conceptual album that portrays the Portuguese invasion of Brazil and the passion of a Portuguese navigator for the character Iara, represented in the cover of the CD by an illustration made by the Brazilian designer Antonio Cesar.





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sexta-feira, 22 de setembro de 2017

Missus Beastly - Jazz Rock/Fusion • Germany


Atzen Wehmeyer, Wolfgang Nickel, Petja Hofman, Lutz Oldemeier (left to right)

Formed as soon as 68 under the name psychotic reaction, this band evolved in two different era, the group changed their name to Missus Beastly (from the Negro doll Mistress Beastly) but was among the first of the jazz-rock progressive group in Germany, but folded after just one album recorded (soon bootlegged with a totally different artwork) in early 70 with a nascent groundbreaking jazz-rock. It must be said that the happy-go-lucky feeling of that era had the group evolve from the standard prog quartet to a sextet and even a heptet within months, obviously not too worried about financial matters, which soon brought the band to an end. The group even managed to have their names stolen from them and an usurping group managed to release a few albums under this name.

Nothing was then heard from the original group until the mid-70's, when some ex-members united with former Missing Link keyboardist Miekausch went on to reform the group, although sonically if still jazz-rock, they were nothing like their previous incarnation, being much with the times and sensibly more fusion-esque. The group went on to record three albums with countless line-up changes, but never managed to reach the end of the decade. 

Missus Beastly's legacy is a bunch of jazz-rock albums that will make Germany one of the prime producer of this type of music, ranging from Kraan, Thirsty Moon, Passport, Release Music Orchestra, Out Of Focus, Missing Link, Embryo and Brainstorm. just to mention those.












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Agathodaimon - Gothic Metal (Germany)


Agathodaimon was a gothic/symphonic black metal band from Mainz, Germany. The band began in September 1995, when guitarist Sathonys and drummer Matthias got together to assemble a dominant death metal band with harmonic arrangements (melodic death metal). They put adverts in several music magazines in the hopes that they would find suitable musicians to play with them. In answer to the advertisement, they were joined by bassist Marko Thomas and keyboardist and vocalist Vlad Dracul. The last member of their initial formation was the second guitarist, Hyperion, who joined them by the end of that year. With this formation the band recorded the Carpe Noctem demo tape, which received fair reviews from the German specialized press. It also attracted the attention of one of Century Media's executivies, who began keeping track of the band. Agathodaimon then proceeded to play minor gigs and support some European bands. Eventually, they received an offer from Century Media to fund the recording of their second demo. This demo was recorded in early 1997 and was named Near Dark. It attracted the interest of quite a few recording labels, and in the end the band opted to sign with Nuclear Blast. After successfully composing the songs for their debut album Blacken the Angel, one of the members of Agathodaimon, Vlad, was forced to quit the band due to problems with immigration. After returning to his native Romania, he was denied re-entry in Germany. The situation involved the fact that he had left the country during Nicolae Ceaușescu's regime. The band therefore was forced to make use of guest musicians to record their debut. Akaias (from Asaru) did the vocals and Marcel "Vampallens" (from Nocte Obducta) took the role of the keyboards. Vlad's participation on the album was restricted to the solo song "Contemplation Song", which was sent to the band via air mail. The CD caused some impact, and Agathodaimon proceeded to tour with bands such as Children of Bodom and Hypocrisy. At the height of the album's success they opened gigs for Dimmu Borgir, Lacrimosa and other bands. In 1999, Vampallens decided to quit the band in order to dedicate himself fully to his main project Nocte Obducta. He was replaced by female keyboardist Christine S. To record their second album - Higher Art of Rebellion - the band travelled to Romania, in order to be able to play together with Vlad. The vocalist Akaias also participated in the recording of this album, as well as singer Dan Byron performing clean vocals. Recordings took place at Magic Sound in Bucharest...


Higher Art of Rebellion is the second full-length studio album by the German symphonic black metal band Agathodaimon. In 2009 Metal Mind Productions reissued the album as a remastered digipak edition. The reissue is limited to numerated 2000 copies and was digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden disc. It also retains the 2 bonus tracks of the previously released limited edition version of the album.

EXPONENT - Krautrock • Germany


EXPONENT have been founded as an unknown, short-lived Wuppertaler rock quartet in 1974 and disbanded in 1976. They recorded some material for only one album titled "Upside Down" veiled in a horrible sleeve in 1974 (not released in those days sadly) and the tracks saw the light as an LP via an independent / personal label named Korusuro in 2014, and as a CD via Garden Of Delights in the following year.




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quinta-feira, 21 de setembro de 2017

Avantasia


Avantasia is a German supergroup rock opera project created by Tobias Sammet, vocalist of the band Edguy. It has been characterized as a rock opera, as it features the contributions of various vocalists and musicians and it consists of concept albums. The name is a portmanteau of the words "avalon" and "fantasia" ("fantasy") and describes "a world beyond human imagination" (a quotation from the booklet).


The project can be divided into three periods of activity. The first, 1999–2002, saw the release of a self-titled single and the full-length albums The Metal Opera and The Metal Opera Part II. The second, 2006–2011, consists of the EPs Lost in Space Part I & II and The Wicked Trilogy, composed of the albums The Scarecrow, The Wicked Symphony and Angel of Babylon. The third period, 2013–2016, begins with the album The Mystery of Time and ends with the Ghostlights release. Some of the guest vocalists and musicians that have been featured on Avantasia are: Michael Kiske, Jørn Lande, Alice Cooper, Klaus Meine, Dee Snider, Jon Oliva, Biff Byford, Joe Lynn Turner, Tim "Ripper" Owens, Geoff Tate, Kai Hansen, Rudolf Schenker, Bruce Kulick, Sascha Paeth, Eric Singer, Eric Martin, Bob Catley, Roy Khan, Russell Allen, Marco Hietala, Henjo Richter, Markus Grosskopf, Timo Tolkki, Jens Johansson, Rob Rock, David Defeis, Andre Matos, Sharon den Adel, Arjen Anthony Lucassen, Ronnie Atkins, Oliver Hartmann and Amanda Somerville.





The Metal Operas (1999–2002)
In Spring 1999, during Edguy's 'Theater of Salvation' tour, Tobias Sammet began to outline his ideas for a metal opera concept album featuring a number of guest musicians. When the tour finished, he began collaborating with metal vocalists like Michael Kiske, Andre Matos, Kai Hansen, Rob Rock, David Defeis, Sharon den Adel, Bob Catley and Oliver Hartmann to record the project. At this stage the core band consisted of four members, Sammet on keyboards, Henjo Richter on guitar, Markus Grosskopf on bass and Alex Holzwarth on drums. In 2001, a self-titled single and the first full-length album, The Metal Opera, were released. The project went on hiatus after the release of The Metal Opera Part II in September 2002.








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Gino Vanelli - Pop Rock (Canada)


Gino Vannelli (born June 16, 1952) is a Canadian singer-songwriter who had several hit songs in the 1970s and 1980s.




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quarta-feira, 20 de setembro de 2017

FREE THE ROBOTS - Electro Psych Jazz (USA)


Free the Robots (born Chris Alfaro) is an underground hip hop producer from Los Angeles, California. Free the Robots pulls together jazz, psychedelic music, electronic music and hip hop. Free the Robots started as a side project by Chris Alfaro in 2003, while also playing with different bands, DJing, and producing tracks for rappers with the use of samples, controllers, and other live instruments. He has shared the stage with Prefuse 73, Flying Lotus, The Glitch Mob, Afrika Bambaataa and more. In 2010, Free the Robots shared the stage with The Gaslamp Killer and Daedelus at the Masquerade Venue in Atlanta, Georgia. His second album Ctrl Alt Del, which features Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, was released on Alpha Pup Records in 2010.


Ginbae - Hard Rock (Japan)


Heavy, thick and stomping  Japanese hard rock/early metal. the production is weak but it's an interesting artifact. 

A great heavy hard rock masterpiece from 1976 out of Japan. Originally released as a private pressing on the Sea Side Label. If you dig heavy hard rock from japanese bands this is a must. 5 tracks on the lp and not a dull track. This lp ranks up there with the hard rock monsters. If your a heavy guitar buff this is for you. When I listened to it seems that the sound engineer put in applause as a sound effect between the tracks. This doesn't seem to be a live album since I never heard any band member introductions. Great band. 

A very heavy album given the 1976 date. Basically a proto metal album with guitar riffs that wouldn't be out of place on a 70's era Judas Priest album. 5 long tracks with long amplified/phased guitar solos. Some typical Japanese balladry can be found in the vocal sections. Songs are dull, and are merely excuses to launch the next jam session. Worth a couple of spins.



Tracks:
01. Toluene - 6:25
02. Rock'n'Roll People - 6:09
03. Rebiatan - 5:45
04. Sazanga Rock (part 1) - 2:48
05. Sazanga Rock (part 2) - 6:13
06. Anne Of Green Gables - 7:19 

Personnel:
- Takahiro Nakamura - guitar, vocals, lyrics
- Roshi - vocals
- Nobuhiko - guitar
- Kenya - bass
- Minoru - drums
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- Seiichi Kurahashi - producer
- Cinbae - arrangers


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Gabriel Santiago - Jazz (Brazil)


Born in Brazil (1980), 2010 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award Winner, Gabriel Santiago is a Composer/Arranger/ Acoustic and Electric Guitar Player. Called by JazzTimes Magazine “a young master at both the acoustic and electric guitars” and his compositions defined as “stunners”, Santiago recently completed his Doctoral Degree in Music Composition at the University of Texas at Austin, where he won the 2013 Outstanding Dissertation Award and the 2010 Eleanor A. Stribling Award for Excellence in Jazz Studies. His solid background also features studies with jazz masters Pat Metheny, Adam Rogers and Maria Schneider. Santiago has collaborated with a wide variety of artists includingEsperanza Spalding, Chris Potter, Stefon Harris, John Clayton, Terence Blanchard, Janek Gwizdala, Carmen Bradford, André Mehmari, Romero Lubambo, Odair Assad and Gilson Peranzzetta among others. He also has collaborated with Recording Engineer Master Rupert Neve several times, and was invited to be the first artist to record with Neve’s first ever line of microphones. Gabriel has been composing music for a wide variety of ensembles (ranging from Symphony Orchestra to Chamber ensembles, Big band to Jazz Combos), styles and medias including Film, TV, and Internet. His music is fresh and carries all of his influences that range from Brazilian Music to Jazz and Classical Music. He has been featured as a guest artist at Universities, colleges and concert halls across America, including The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, The Dallas Wind Symphony among many others. With The Gabriel Santiago Quintet, he has been touring US and Brazil in support of the self-titled DVD, opening concerts for Artists such as Pat Metheny and Robert Glasper. Along with leading his Quintet, Santiago has been writing and performing with The Gabriel Santiago Orchestra. The ensemble recently released the DVD/CD ALIVE, featuring his jazz orchestra compositions exclusively. Japanese newspaper “Big Band News” reviewed ALIVE as “the best big band album of 2012,” out of 250 other albums. Recent career highlights feature a 22-minute piece for Symphony Orchestra and commissioned works/arrangements from the UT Trombone Choir and Dallas Wind Symphony. Santiago has just released two new records, Connections – featuring Justin Vasquez (Saxophones), Thiago “Big” Rabello (Drums) and Sidiel Vieira (Contrabasses) – where focus was given to original arrangements of renowned Brazilian composers including Milton Nascimento, Baden Powell and Edu Lobo along with Jazz Master John Coltrane. Another new project, Metropole (alongside members Thiago Rabello, Sidiel Vieira and Zé Godoy) was just released in Japan through Rambling records.





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Darker Than Blue - Soul From Jamdown


Darker Than Blue: Soul From Jamdown, 1973–1980 is a compilation album released in 2001. It consists of soul and R&B-styled songs recorded by Jamaican reggae artists, including a number of covers of contemporary American singles.



"Ghetto Funk" - Boris Gardiner and Leslie Butler (3:09) written by Boris Gardiner
"Collie Stuff" - The Chosen Few (2:52) written by Bell/Brown/Mickens/Smith/Thomas/Westfield
"Slipping into Darkness" - Carl Bradney (3:05) written by Allen/Brown/Dickerson/Dewayne/Jordan/Miller/Oskar/Scott/Sylvester and originally performed by War
"Is It Because I'm Black?" - Ken Boothe (3:27) written by Johnson/Jones/Watts and originally recorded by Syl Johnson
"Get Involved" - Freddie McGregor (3:34) written by Jackson/Moore/Williams and originally recorded by George Jackson
"Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City - Al Brown (3:26) written by Price/Walsh and originally recorded by Bobby "Blue" Bland
"Mango Walk" - The In-Crowd (3:22) traditional, arranged by Delroy Wilson
"Ain't No Sunshine" - Ken Boothe (2:15) written and originally recorded by Bill Withers
"Gypsy Woman" - Milton Henry (3:01) written by Curtis Mayfield and originally recorded by The Impressions
"Give Me Your Love (a.k.a. Super Soul)" - Junior Murvin (2:07) written and originally recorded by Curtis Mayfield
"For the Love of You" - John Holt (3:39) written by E. Isley/K. Isley/M. Isley/R. Isley/Jasper and originally recorded by The Isley Brothers
"It's a Shame" - Alton Ellis (2:48) written by GarrettWonder/Wright and originally recorded by The Spinners
"I'm Your Puppet" - Jimmy London (3:38) written by Oldham/Penn and originally recorded by James & Bobby Purify
"Get Ready (12" Mix)" - Delroy Wilson (5:40) written by Smokey Robinson and originally recorded by The Temptations
"Darker Than Blue" - Lloyd Charmers (2:58) written and originally recorded by Curtis Mayfield
"Why Can't We Live Together?" - Tinga Stewart (6:59) written and originally recorded by Timmy Thomas
"Baltimore" - The Tamlins (4:01) written and originally recorded by Randy Newman, popularized by Nina Simone
"Hotter Reggae Music" - Welton Irie (3:52) written by Welton Irie

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