terça-feira, 24 de outubro de 2017

GARDEN WALL - Progressive Metal • Italy

Alessandro Seravalle started GARDEN WALL's journey at the end of the Eighties. 
Through the usual line-up changes, the band realized its first demo-tape, simply titled ''Garden Wall'', in 1992. The following year the German producer Peter Wustmann, well-impressed by the tape, decided to offer GARDEN WALL the chance to sign for his independent label WMMS. So in May 1993 the band was in Stuttgart to record its debut CD ''Principium'', seven tracks spanning between modern symphonic prog and heavy prog. The album met the interest and strong approval of the specialized press. 

One year later GARDEN WALL went back to the same studio to lay down their second effort, ''Path of Dreams'', a work that radicalized in some way the approach of the first album and allowed GARDEN WALL to spread their music also outside Italy (the band's website was created by Vitaly Menshikov, a fan from Uzbekistan as well as co-founder of the Progressor.net webzine).

In 1995 the well-known drummer Camillo Colleluori joined the band and, also thanks to his ''parossistic drumming'', the band's sound became more aggressive and the rhythmical-harmonical research became extremely advanced, as witnessed by the very heavy yet very experimental third release of the band ''The Seduction of Madness''. 

In 1997 GARDEN WALL released ''Chimica'', a sort of personal interpretation of the progmetal paradigm filtered through all the band's influences, featuring the 34 minutes suite ''Chemotaxis''. The album gained great success and response amidst journalists and critics. The live activity of the band increased too, bringing them to play all over Italy and also in Germany and Netherlands.

In 2000, after some troubles with the label that produced the first four works, GARDEN WALL realized the self-produced demo-CD ''Aliena(c)tion'', a sort of ''manifesto'' of their sound, based on the fusion of highly heterogeneous elements melted together in an extremely violent and heavy rock. 

In 2001 GARDEN WALL signed a new contract with the Italian indie Mellow Records, which released their fifth full-length CD ''Forget the Colours''. The band introduced in its sound a melting-pot of styles including extreme metal, typical progressive solutions, classic contemporary suggestions and moments of ethno-jazz rock. 

The sixth work of the band ''Towards the Silence'' (a sort of Chapter II of some kind of trilogy begun with ''Forget the Colours'') saw the light in 2004. It followed the musical path of the previous album, even if with kind of more ''linear'' structures. 

After a hiatus of four years, in 2008 Mellow Records released the seventh album of the band, called ''Aliena(c)tion''. It featured three unreleased tracks from the 2000 self-produced demo plus some live material from the noise-theatrical-metal years. The band signed also a deal with the Russian label MALS Records for the reissue and distribution in the ex-USSR of their entire back catalogue. 

In the meantime GARDEN WALL, after some lineup changes, kept on working on ''Assurdo'', the third and closing chapter of the trilogy begun with ''Forget the Colours'' and a new turning point in the band's sound: clean but strange guitar sounds, massive amounts of electronics, lots of acoustic instruments (such as violin, clarinet, vibraphone, flute and so on.), theatrical vocals, bizarre harmonies, contemporary classic music structures, jazz, funk and post-rock injections. 

In 2010 Mellow Records released the triple CD ''Recital for a season's end - A tribute to Marillion'', which featured GARDEN WALL's personal interpretation of the British band's classic ''Incubus'', from the 1984 ''Fugazi'' album. Shortly after GARDEN WALL faced the second change of label of its career, leaving Mellow and signing with Lizard Records. 

On July 7, 2011 the eighth album ''Assurdo'', the band's more ambitious and stylistically complex effort so far, has been finally released by Lizard Records. And so a new page has been written...

== Written by GARDEN WALL bass guitarist William Toson and published on Prog Archives by the band's permission ==

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segunda-feira, 23 de outubro de 2017

Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep) - Rock

Kenneth William David Hensley (born 24 August 1945) is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, best known for his work with Uriah Heep during the 1970s. He wrote or co-wrote the majority of Uriah Heep's songs during this period, including the hit singles "Lady in Black" (on which he sang lead vocals), "Easy Livin'" and "Stealin'", as well as "Look at Yourself", on which he also sang lead vocals, and "Free Me". Ken Hensley, the mastermind behind classic hard rock group Uriah Heep’s heyday releases, always knew how to write good songs. It’s easy to say it’s greatly thanks to him that Heep ever rose to the classic status the band has held for years and years already. Although the guitars of Mick Box and legendary vocals of David Byron played a huge part in band’s early success, it was Hensley’s brilliance in songwriting that brought forth such hard rock gems as “Lady In Black”, “Look At Yourself”, “Sunrise” or “Easy Livin'” …to start dropping names with the band’s better known creations.

 “Blood On The Highway” is the best Ken Hensley album since his time with Uriah Heep. The combination of fine songwriting and delivery makes up an album that recreates the best Ken Hensley magic and is an excellent hard rock record on it’s own right regardless whether you reflect it on Hensley’s past creations or not. If you like quality classic hard rock – here’s a real good one for you.

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Jimmy Smith - B-3 Organ Jazz

James Oscar Smith (December 8, 1925 – February 8, 2005) was an American jazz musician who achieved the rare distinction of releasing a series of instrumental jazz albums that often charted on Billboard. Smith helped popularize the Hammond B-3 electric organ, creating an indelible link between 1960s soul and jazz improvisation.

In 2005, Smith was awarded the NEA Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest honor that America bestows upon jazz musicians.

The Cat is a 1964 album by Jimmy Smith. It features the sound of Smith's Hammond B-3 organ with big band arrangements by composer Lalo Schifrin. The album reached number 12 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.

The track "The Cat" has been sampled by Pizzicato 5 Twiggy Twiggy and The Orb Perpetual Dawn (Ultrabass 2).

Acid Jazz Guitarist - Electronic Instrumental Acid Jazz

"Music is a spiritual language...and it represents the people of earth."

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domingo, 22 de outubro de 2017

AGORA - Jazz Rock/Fusion • Italy

Agora were a semi-obscure Italian jazz rock band of the mid 1970s, who released two albums, Live In Montreux (1975) and Agora 2 (1976), and then faded away in 1978. Their work was excellent quality Italian jazz rock a la Perigeo, Il Baricentro, Weather Report and Return To Forever. The band got back together in 2002. During different stages of recordings - which started in June 2003 and ended in May 2013 - they succeeded to release a new album which they named Ichinen.  
However, you can't really say this is a brand new album for them. Instead it's a collection of rarities from their initial period and their lost period, after their record deal was lost, as well as some current recordings. You could say that Ichinen is the synthesis of the band's previous work. Even recording of 1978 are included. 
What you get are seventy minutes of acoustic versions of songs taken from their back catalogue, mixed with songs that were written more recently. It's primarily the acoustic guitars, played by Renato Gasparini and Gabriel Possenti, that are in the spotlight most of the time. Occasionally, the piano played by Giovanni Ceccarelli and the soprano sax played by Ovidio Urbani, take the lead as well. Well, that they master their instruments is something you can't argue about. It's obvious that the entire album sounds rather mellow and laidback when you perform on acoustic instruments. Most of the music is instrumental and when you hear the female voice of Alessandra Pacheco, you can hear that she uses it as yet another instrument. Music wise, you could say that they create a Mediterranean atmosphere combined with ethnic and meditative tones on this album. Full of warm melodic themes and intense improvisations. Their early jazz rock sound can be discovered every now and then as well, however everything is done more laidback than in the seventies. The more progressive rock- oriented songs are Progressive Suite and Costa Dell'est. The tempo is a little bit higher and the electric instruments are plugged in this time. 
The music on Ichinen most of all was inspired by the readings of the Nichiren Buddhist principles (Monaco Buddhist founder of one of the major currents of Japanese Buddhism), that captured the confidence in "human revolution" individual as a means to create value in respect of the sacredness of life and the environment.
Ichinen is an album that highlights the unique, intense musicality and sound of a band that has been out of the limelight for much too long. On this album they created an innovative and creative landscape in the Italian progressive rock community that you don't hear every day. Their blend of Mediterranean music with jazz rock and progressive rock played in a laidback style, worked very well for me! Maybe it's your cup of tea too. So try it, if you dare! 

Super Spanish Combo - Hip Hop, Salsa, Funk, Reggae

The group was born in Barcelona at the end of 2010, from the union of musicians of different nationalities and styles and with a long trajectory on the stages. After going through several stages in which they have combined several formats, the band bases its proposal on a completely acoustic show, but without forgetting the essence of electronic music, which helps to build a bridge between tradition and the latest trends. His live is a mix of explosive and 100% danceable themes. Thanks to its interaction with attendees and the spontaneity of its members, Super Spanish Combo offers a vibrant and fun show, with its social themes, it reaches a very diverse audience.

LOCH NESS - Symphonic Prog • Brazil

The glorious 70's were ending and a group of Brazilian musicians formed by Roberto Reese (electric and vocal); Alexandre "Caph" (Grand Piano, Hammond Organ, TX 70, Polysix Synth, vocals); Claudio Cotia Barreto (Bass) e Ailton Sgon (Drums and percussion). decide to form a Prog bands to play in the vein of their idols from Great Britain and Germany so LOCH NESS is born in Volta Redonda - Rio de Janeiro.

In the style of the hardest bands they used three electric guitars, bass, drums, piano, synths and of course a Hammond but already the first peak of Symphonic Prog had ended, so they have to wait more than a decade to release their first and only album "Prologue" (1991).

The lyrics are in English but with a heavy accent. The highlight is the work done by Alexandre "Caph" with his treasured Hammond and Grand piano.

Loch Ness is reminiscent of Triumvirat due to the epic and pompous tendencies but with a closeness to Hard Rock very common in bands from a country like Brazil where RUSH reach the height of semi gods.

Worth looking into to if you're a fan of strong guitar based Symphonic.

Iván Melgar Morey - Perú

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sábado, 21 de outubro de 2017

Thaizinho Costa - Jazz Bass Fusion (Brazil)

A bass player born in Niterói (RJ), Thaizinho Costa began his musical career at age 19.

With his Old School style, he has accompanied several artists, such as Dalto, Amelinha, Claudio Zoli, Zé Ricardo, Davi Moraes, Fernanda Abreu, among others.

Currently, his swinging bass can be heard in the works of Sandra de Sá, in the musical "A Greeting to Whitney Houston" and with Rodrigo Lampreia.

Your first self-titled album will be out soon. A classic record, with touches of contemporaneity and originality. There are 12 tracks that, through Jazz, R & B, Soul and Funk, show their musical essence and truth.

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Jorge Ben - Tudo BEN

The writer of Mas Que Nada, covered by the likes of Sergio Mendes, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Al Jarreau, and Taj Mahal - the source of inspiration for Rod Stewart's 'Do You Think I'm Sexy?', Ben is a enormous force in Brazilian popular music.

Often described as the James Brown of Brazilian music due to his prolific output, he is the most sampled Brazilian artist ever with artists from The Black Eyed Peas to DJ Markylifting elements off his tracks.

His song catalogue has also been covered by some of the finest bands in Brazil. This selection represents some of the more dance-floor orientated interpretations including mega rarities such as Cosa Nostra by Os Mutreteiros Grilados and tracks that even Ben himself never got around to singing like Rei Do Maracatu's Cyro Aguiar.

1 Tenha Fé, Pois Amanhã Um Lindo Dia Vai Nascer - Salinas
2 Pulo, Pulo - Elza Soares
3 Silva Lenheira - Wilson Simonal
4 Rita Jeep - Osmar Milito
5 Zazueira - Wilson Simonal
6 Quem Mandou - Osmar Milito
7 Se Você Quiser Mas Sem Bronquear - Dóris Monteiro
8 Que Pena - Wilson Simonal
9 Morre O Burro Fica O Homem - Osmar Milito
10 Lá Vem Salgueiro - Os Originais Do Samba
11 Carolina, Carol Bela - Os Brazões
12 Crioula - Wilson Simonal
13  Speed - Sonia Santos
14 Eles Querem é Amar - Claudette Soares
15 Vendedor de Bananas - Os Incríveis
16 Brasil, Eu Fico - Wilson Simonal
17 Rei Do Maracatu - Cyro Aguiar
18 Resposta - Wilson Simonal
19 Mas Que Nada Elza Soares 
20 País Tropical - Wilson Simonal
21 - Cadê Tereza - Os Originais Do Samba
22 - Fio Maravilha Marijo
23 - Tenha Fé, Pois Amanhã Um Lindo Dia Vai Nascer - Os Originais Do Samba
24 - Que Maravilha - Os Brazões
25 - Cosa Nostra - Os Mutreteiros Grilados
26 - Falador Passa Mal - Os Originais Do Samba

Marcela Mangabeira - Brazil Soul Jazz Bossa Nova

Recognized and praised by personalities of Brazilian music and criticism, such as Roberto Menescal, Nelson Motta and Gal Costa, Marcela Mangabeira has been developing notoriety over the years, both in her solo work and in the group 4 Cantus, of which she is also a member.
Born in Recife - PE, she began her activities as a singer in Cuiabá - MT, where she built the foundation of her career and prepared to take a bigger step by moving to Rio in 2003.

Since then, she has performed with artists such as Zélia Duncan and Paulinho Moska, participated in the first European tour of the Bossacucanova, made her first solo tour of Asia (Thailand), and sang alongside Roberto Menescal, Wanda Sá, Andy Summers ) and Sérgio Britto (Titãs), among others. With Britto, he recorded the song "Sol e Água Limpa" in a duet on the artist's last solo album (Purabossanova), and ended up integrating the solo show tour of Titan, with whom he toured Brazil.

He released his first album "Simple" in 2005 in Japan and in 2006 in Brazil, and today, he adds his name to more than 30 compilations spread throughout Europe and Asia, in more than 80 songs with his voice and his charisma.

"Colors of Rio", his last album, is a result of the great positive repercussion that accompanies his projects of pop music in English with very Brazilian arrangements released around the world. It was a natural process to take a look at the best songs and officially launch it in Brazil, a place where, gradually, through the internet, it has gradually increased its audience.

Simples (2005)

Colors of Rio (2006)

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sexta-feira, 20 de outubro de 2017

Molly Hatchet - Rock (USA)

Molly Hatchet is an American Southern rock/hard rock band that formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1971. The band was founded by guitarist Dave Hlubek in 1971. The band is known for their hit song "Flirtin' with Disaster" from their second studio album, Flirtin' with Disaster, released on September 1, 1979. Molly Hatchet took its name from a prostitute who allegedly mutilated and decapitated her clients. One iconic aspect of Molly Hatchet's image is that many of the band's album covers feature art inspired by heroic fantasy, several of which were painted by artists such as Frank Frazetta, Boris Vallejo and Paul R. Gregory.

Mr. Haris Pilton & Gypsy Sound System - Dub, Folk Gypsy Music

"Haris Pilton and Gypsysoundsystem first met in Ljubljana in 2008. After an evening of fire onstage, they have kept in touch and played together several times in Europe. In 2011, the musical collaboration enriches the friendship of these three stage pyromaniacs." 

This is the double album The Magic Winery that contains two (mini) albums: The Final Bottle and 12 Glasses. Haris Pilton comes from Celje as DJ Olga and Dr. Schnaps (Gypsy Sound System) come from Switzerland.

Lene Lovich, Pop Rock (UK)

Lene Lovich (born March 30, 1949) is an English-American singer, songwriter and musician of Serbian and English descent based in England. She first gained attention in 1979 with the release of her hit single "Lucky Number", which peaked at number 3 on the UK Singles Chart and made her a leading figure of the new wave music scene.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Lovich moved to England at the age of 13, where she met guitarist and songwriter Les Chappell, who later became her long-time music collaborator and life partner. She developed an interest in art and theater, enrolling at the Central School of Art and Design where she took saxophone lessons. In 1975, she joined the band the Diversions and shortly afterwards wrote the lyrics to Cerrone's single "Supernature". After the band broke up, Lovich started looking for another band that would let her join and contacted the radio presenter Charlie Gillett, who got her to record a demo of Tommy James and the Shondells' song "I Think We're Alone Now" and played it to Dave Robinson of Stiff Records, who decided to sign Lovich. The song was released as a single and appeared on her debut studio album Stateless (1978), which produced the single "Lucky Number".

She released two more albums, Flex (1979) and No Man's Land (1982), on Stiff Records. In 1989, she independently released the album March, before her 15-year hiatus. She focused more on her family but came back in 2005 with the release of her album Shadows and Dust.

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quinta-feira, 19 de outubro de 2017

Baby Grandmothers - Psychedelic Rock (Sweeden)

The Baby Grandmothers were a Swedish psychedelic rock band formed in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1967. Established after the dissolution of the R&B band, the T-Boones, the group enjoyed a cult following as the house band at the popular psychedelic music club Filips. Although the Baby Grandmothers rarely performed outside Sweden, the band did tour alongside Jimi Hendrix in 1968. In the same year, the group recorded an album's worth of material, which appeared years later on their self-titled album. The album is now considered an underground classic of experimental psychedelia.

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