2009 collection, a special sampler from the British based Blues label Blue Horizon. "Ground-Breaking Blues" is designed as an introduction to Sony Music / Blue Horizon's ongoing "The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions" series. Label founder Mike Vernon provides the sleeve notes and describes the 14 tracks on this CD as his own personal favourites. He believes that they "give an excellent indication of what the would-be purchaser will find should he or she decide to delve further into the available catalogue". As well as acting as a fine sampler for the series, it works as a terrific blues collection in its own right, with key names like Fleetwood Mac, Chicken Shack and Champion Jack Dupree nestling alongside lesser-known acts such as Gordon Smith, Johnny Shines and Key Largo. The booklet details all personnel / recording dates and locations, and the inlay underneath the CD depicts 16 available titles from the series.
Jonny King is a talented advanced hard bop player whose playing on this early release finds him performing in a group that recalls the Bobby Hutcherson/Harold Land quintet of the early '70s. King sometimes sounds here like McCoy Tyner or Mulgrew Miller, and he contributed six of the eight numbers – all but the standard "Mean to Me," which is taken as a tasteful piano-vibes duet, and Herbie Hancock's "Blow Up," with the closing calypso "Las Ramblas" being the most memorable. Steve Nelson's vibes (influenced by Hutcherson) are a key voice both in the ensembles and as a soloist. Joshua Redman is in excellent if conventional form on tenor while showing on the hyperactive "Caffeine" that his soprano playing is coming along. With bassist Peter Washington and drummer Billy Drummond offering solid support, this is a fine modern mainstream date.
2nd album of Cosmic Ground, a solo project by Dirk Jan Müller. More 70s dark psychedelic analogue sequenced electronic music.