When Lonnie Liston Smith left the Miles Davis band in 1974 for a solo career, he was, like so many of his fellow alumni, embarking on a musical odyssey. For a committed fusioneer, he had no idea at the time that he was about to enter an abyss that it would take him the better part of two decades to return from. Looking back upon his catalog from the period, this is the only record that stands out – not only from his own work, but also from every sense of the word: It is fully a jazz album, and a completely funky soul-jazz disc as well. Of the seven compositions here, six are by Smith, and the lone cover is of the Horace Silver classic, "Peace." The lineup includes bassist Cecil McBee, soprano saxophonist David Hubbard, tenor saxophonist Donald Smith (who doubles on flute), drummer Art Gore, and percussionists Lawrence Killian, Michael Carvin, and Leopoldo. Smith plays both piano and electric keyboards and keeps his compositions on the jazzy side – breezy, open, and full of groove playing that occasionally falls over to the funk side of the fence.
Pioneering Japanese synth-pop group second only to Kraftwerk in influence. Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) is a Japanese electronic music band consisting of principal members Haruomi Hosono (bass and keyboards and vocals), Yukihiro Takahashi (drums and lead vocals) and Ryuichi Sakamoto (keyboards and vocals). The band's former "fourth member" was music programmer Hideki Matsutake. Collection includes all studio albums, three live albums and three compilations.
Michael Gandolfi (b. 1956) composes bright rhythmic and always interesting music. ...In this collection of recent works, he offers inventive music for three miscellaneous instruments of the classical orchestra. The most classical piece, with its standard three-movements, fast-slow-fast, is the concerto for bassoon, a dandy, colorful composition requiring virtuosity. .. The four movements of the Fantasia brings together some extraordinary musical explorations... The first two tracks of the album constitutes From The Institutes of Groove, which features the bass trombone of Angel Subero, who has traveled the worlds of classical, Latin, and jazz. The first section, Too Jazz for Rock, is amusing because it is too classical for jazz! It is an exciting, atmospheric, rhythmic romp that blends the three musical styles. Rising on the Wing is a pulsing spiral of keys, ending at the next octave, that puts the slide of the trombone to good use in its glissandi. ...In short, this charming Gandolfi album is groovy, man.
One of the truly great Mystic Moods titles, originally released in the 1970's this is the romantic relaxing music you've been missing, now in surround sound you'll enjoy a completly different listening experience all your own. As your transformed from your everday world to a place of relaxation and happy past memories you won't be able to stop smiling… Cosmic force is the same great experience you'd expect with any Mystic Moods title. It's a little jazzier and in surround, but make no mistake, it's the feel good music that relaxes you & takes you outside your everyday life.
Respighi is best remembered for his scenic views of Rome, namely the wonderfully descriptive triptych Feste romane, Fontane di Roma and Pini di Roma; look beyond these works, however, and youll find a sizeable, rich and varied orchestral output unsurprising for a composer who is today regarded as one of the supreme masters of orchestration.