Norwegian bassist Mats Eilertsen has been a strong and supportive presence on a dozen ECM sessions to date. With Rubicon he steps forward to present his own music, with an international cast. The album features compositions originally written in response to a commission from the Vossajazz Festival. All About Jazz reviewed the premiere performance: "Rubicon proved to be a very dynamic work. Eilertsen ensured that each of the instrumentalists took their share of the spotlight, brought together combinations of players that emphasized tonal variation, and created ensemble sections bursting with life." After fine-tuning the material on tour, Mats brought his septet to Oslo's Rainbow Studio, where Manfred Eicher produced this definitive version of Rubicon in May 2015.
Firebird was the first Gazpacho album to be launched under a label, Intact Records (later reissued by Kscope). On Firebird, Gazpacho kept faithful to melancholy-filled artistic music with it’s somewhat serious themes, but also renewed themselves with a rougher edge and a fuller soundpicture. Appearing on Firebird is none other than Marillion’s guitar legend Steve Rothery contributing with stunning melodic guitars in ‘Do you know what you are saying?’. Firebird marked the fact Gazpacho managed to release 3 albums in 3 years, an achievement any full time band would be proud of, however Gazpacho members all have full time jobs.
Collects five of his original albums, in card LP replica sleeves. Features "Billion Dollar Babies" (1973), "Muscle Of Love" (1973), "Welcome To My Nightmare" (1975), "Alice Cooper Goes To Hell" (1976) and "The Alice Cooper Show : Live" (1977).
Inspired by the true story of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's infamous plane crash in the Libyan desert and the epic trek he and his co-pilot undertook in search of help, Gazpacho's followup to the classic Night isn't as impressive as a cohesive concept piece, but it does show the band in the act of diversifying their sound a little. For instance, opening number Desert Flight is heavier and rockier than anything on Night, and shows a bit of a Muse influence creeping into the music. It's another convincing piece from Gazpacho which is enough to convince that the musical growth seen on Night wasn't a mere fluke.
For this 2016 release the album has been fully remixed.
As a unit, this must be one of the best piano trios ever, and certainly as instantly recognisable as any of its great predecessors. Charlap’s touch on the keyboard is light, almost stealthy, even when playing full chords, but always firm, clear and beautifully articulated. With the spirited support of bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (famously unrelated), the total effect is just perfect. As always, Charlap’s playing provides convincing proof that it is still possible to create fresh but pertinent treatments of well-known standard songs. The son of a songwriter and a singer, he has an instinctive feel for the idiom. His versions here of I’ll Remember April and A Sleepin’ Bee are masterly.
Reissue with SHM-CD format and the latest remastering. Tal Farlow was hitting his stride in 1956; he was named by Down Beat magazine critics as the very best jazz guitarist in the world, and for all the right reasons. Where other similar players of his day combined rhythmic chords with linear melodies, Farlow preferred placing single notes together in clusters, varying between harmonically richened tones based on a startling new technique. His spider-like fingers handled the guitar in a way no other player could match, and this physical approach set Farlow apart from all others.
Awesome third album from the Israeli group, recorded in three different studios around the world – Berlin / London and Tel Aviv. The album blends neo-soul, modern rnb, electronic beats, eastern sounds and psychedelic touches. Fans of Hiatus Kaiyote and Little Dragon should check this. Buttering Trio’s anticipated third album aptly titled “Threesome” arrived recently through the excellent Raw Tapes label. Influenced, as always, by worldwide rhythms and ideas, you’ll hear a multitude of sounds ranging from Indian ragas, tribal music, archetypical melodies infused with complex beat-making, organic songwriting, and warm vocals. “Our third and new album is the reflection of the sobering evolvement of ourselves. We approached the making of the album with clarity and intention, working on a regular basis with a very specific vision, a vision of an album that ultimately combines the beauty of studio-beat-making and organic song writing."
The 2012 re-reissue of Rifts allowed Daniel Lopatin to recontextualize some of his earliest material, and, like the 2009 reissue, he decided to include some tracks that did not appear on Betrayed In The Octagon, Zones Without People, and Russian Mind. For whatever reason, perhaps to appease OPN completists’ disdainful retread. Lopatin released two EPs that contained the “bonus material” found on the 2012 reissue just a year later. Originally, much of Drawn And Quartered appeared tacked on to the back half of the Russian Mind disc in 2009, and while it feels in some ways an extension of that EP in tone, it lacks the texture and grit and loses steam pretty quickly…
The 220.127.116.11's are an all-female Japanese garage rock trio, whose music is reminiscent of American surf music, rockabilly and garage rock. While their biggest international exposure was a cameo in the Tarantino flick Kill Bill, 18.104.22.168's are much more than one-hit wonders, bearing the proud distinction of being the prime and longest-enduring Japanese garage rock girl band. Featuring a revolving cast of musicians (only one of them ever being a boy) and possessing small but loyal fanbases in countries from China to the United States. The group have so named themselves because they play music reminiscent of 1950s, '60s, '70s, and '80s rock. Currently this CD Collection includes 9 CDs.