The 1988 edition of The Jazz Messengers, which drummer Art Blakey had been leading for 33 years, showed a great deal of promise. Comprised of trumpeter Philip Harper (soon to form The Harper Brothers), trombonist Robin Eubanks, the tenor of Javon Jackson, pianist Benny Green and bassist Peter Washington, this band (whose average age without counting Blakey was around 25) performs one original apiece by Green and Jackson along with five older songs on this enjoyable release. The music may not have contained too many surprises or been startlingly new, but the results are quite pleasing.
Jimmy Burns, Born in 1943 near the Delta town of Dublin, Mississippi, embodies that increasingly rare combination of blues roots deep enough to tap into 'the real thing', while still possessing the youth and vitality to present his music with plenty of life and real excitement. He honed his vocal skills singing with vocal groups in the '50s, and over the years has perfected an appealingly melodic, vocal-inflected contemorary guitar style to complement the down-home picking he'd learned in his youth. In the studio Jimmy and his regular band played off one another with a musical empathy that comes only from countless nights of proving themselves on the bandstand. With Leaving Here Walking, Jimmy pays tribute to his earliest musicla inspirations, revisits the era of classic R&B, and presents well-crafted originals covering all the facets of his long and varied life in music.
"Leaving The End Open" is the third studio album by the American rock group Hardline. This is their first album since 2002's II. The new line up for the album features two new band members, Jamie Brown on bass guitar and Atma Anur on drums. "Leaving The End Open" is a mellower album than previous Hardline releases. Johnny's vocals sound wonderful and the musicianship is tantamount to faultless. The production is stunning too. You really can hear every note by every instrument at every single moment.
While Tad Morose would eventually become a pretty straight forward heavy metal band, they started out with a string of sort-of-progressive metal albums in the 90’s. Their 1993 debut, "Leaving the Past Behind" plays like a bunch of Metallica riffs, stitched together in a vaguely progressive fashion with some Tony Martin era Black Sabbath style vocals and a lot of cheesy keyboard atmospherics on top. There’s a certain soulful edge to many of the vocal melodies (especially the choruses) and some tender keyboard melodies, even though the riffs are often rather muscular in style. This dynamic creates a certain tension and release effect, where melodic choruses and keyboard passages stand in contrast to the choppy, lumbering, heavy passages.
Riff Raff were formed as an AC/CD coverband in 1997. Right off the bat they were successful and the number of concerts increased steadily. Today Riff Raff play concerts in all of Germany and Austria, and also a few in Switzerland and France. Highlights in their carreer so far have been performances with famous bands such as Motörhead, Bonfire, Sweet, Roger Chapmann and Wolf Maahn. At some point the band realized, that reaching the next step in their carreer was not within their reach, if they decided to only remain an AC/DC coverband. Leaving D.C. says goodbye to the old school AC/DC sound and introduces a new Riff Raff, musically and visually. Of course the music they play is still Rock’n’Roll!