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Former Jethro Tull Keyboardist Dee Palmer's "The Orchestral Sgt Pepper" and Other Titles Reissued

London, UK – Gonzo Multimedia has reissued Dee Palmer's “The Orchestral Sgt Pepper”! From 1968 until 1980 she was arranger and, subsequently, keyboardist with the globally prestigious, seminal English rock group, Jethro Tull. On leaving the group she produced an acclaimed series of albums of symphonic versions of prog-rock music of the 70's – Tull, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Yes, Queen etc. – performing them, live, in Europe and the Americas throughout the 90's.

In June 1967 The Beatles released “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band”, their eighth studio album. The critic Kenneth Tynan described it as "a decisive moment in the history of Western civilization". Richard Poirier wrote: “Listening to the Sgt. Pepper album one thinks not simply of the history of popular music but the history of this century.” Time magazine declared it “a historic departure in the progress of music – any music.” Newsweek's Jack Kroll called it a “masterpiece”, comparing the lyrics …

Adult Contemporary/New Age Review: Elizabeth Geyer-The Bridge

Release Date: February 22, 2016
Label: EG Music
Website

Elizabeth Geyer invites you to join her on a journey seven years in the making. The renowned trumpet player turned flugelhorn turned vocalist has released a very personal album titled The Bridge.

Make no mistake about it Elizabeth still plays all of those instruments including the piano. You are probably wondering how someone that recorded instruments changed over to vocals? Well as she notes, “I had to find my voice.” Lord have mercy, did she ever.

The Bridge is aptly titled as this lady gathered up all her courage and crossed that bridge into unknown territory. I am here to tell you it was a successful trip. Her voice is beautiful, inviting and warm. She commands a song, she owns it, with an innate sense of melody and lyrics this performer knows how to put together a story in a song and make it all believable.

Another multitalented individual in his own right, Paul Adams, produced, engineered and mixed the album and was kind enough t…

Sonic Shapeshifter Janet Robbins Releases New Solo Piano Album "I Hear Crow"

In these nursery rhymes and fairy tales, you fly the cockeyed route of a silly tool! Crafty forager stealing seeds from my garden, you appear. You crack me up! The way you teeter and tot, pop!

Will you sing now too? I hear it’s often in your solitude your notes ring. Why, do you follow me? I’ve got no bread. And you make such noise that rattles my head!

But your magick is strong—your unexpected genius.

Amuse me! Bemuse me! For soon I shall attend the busyness of the world. I must, I must attend! But I hear Crow…

Asheville, NC - Weaving compositions of magic, mysticism and beauty on solo piano, Janet Robbins has released her sixth album “I Hear Crow”. Much like Debussy’s work over a century ago, “I Hear Crow” inhabits a twilight world of improvisation and composition. Described as “moody, laconic, enticing, sometimes baffling”, Janet’s music possesses a “dark beauty and symphonic grandeur.” Repeated listening rewards us with a trove of subtle jewels, like baubles left on a windowsill by a…

Italian Prog Ensemble Armonite Releases Debut Album "The Sun is New Each Day"

London, UK – Italian prog ensemble Armonite, featuring composer Paolo Fosso and violinist Jacopo Bigi, has released their highly anticipated debut album “The Sun is New Each Day”! Produced by the first producer of Muse, Paul Reeve, and mastered by Geoff Pesche at the prestigious Abbey Road Studios in London, “The Sun is New Each Day” is an exciting mix of electric violin, keyboards, bass, and drums, including amazing participation by Porcupine Tree's bassist, Colin Edwin and Dutch drummer Jasper Barendregt.

“Working with a team like this is fantastic,” says Fosso, composer of the album, “Everyone's unique skills and talents added something special to the album and the final result is powerful. Life and people offer a boundless supply of inspiration. Channeling concepts without the support of lyrics might be hard, but it's also very universal. These songs break down the language barriers becoming visceral and direct. We tried to give the album one sonority, but also charac…

Instrumental New Age: Jeffrey Seeman-Everything In Between

Release Date: December 1, 2015 Label: Harpeth River Records Website
Jeffrey Seeman grew up listening to the greats and cut his teeth working at the Ludlow Garage, a literal garage turned performance hall. As part of the Crew, his passion for music became ingrained and he has been playing ever since. A part of the band Wheels, Seeman's desire to play was put to the test as life took him away from his dream, only to bring it back again later in life. Seeman began to make videos of his work and shared them with the legendary Will Ackerman, who suggested they make an album. Everything In Between is the result of that effort.
The first song on the album is "Five Days Old," a strumming piece composed of layers that float over one another. Delicate percussion, multi-instrumentation and a solid guitar base provide a strong foundation for this song as it drifts and glides through every well-crafted note.
"Let's Go" is a buoyant journey filled with jazzy elements, horn, …

Celebrate The Debut Album Of Metal Giant THOR With A Special 3 Disc Reissue Plus & A Spectacular NY Concert Event!

Los Angeles, CA - Get ready for one of the biggest metal reissues of the YEAR - a super deluxe edition of the legendary, underground classic, the 1977 debut album Keep The Dogs Away from metal icon THOR! This landmark release has become revered among music aficionados of every generation as one of the most explosive debut albums of any era with such ultra catchy rock anthems as “Keep The Dogs Away,” “Sleeping Giant,” “Thunder” and more. The CD version comes in a deluxe 6-panel digipak CD with alternate cover art, liner notes from longtime fan Brian Kehew (co-author of Recording The Beatles), 22 rare and unreleased bonus cuts on a separate disc PLUS a vintage 1980 concert DVD. The vinyl version meticulously recreates the original pressing with a foldout poster and printed inner sleeve. Both formats will officially hit the streets on May 13, courtesy of Deadline Music.

To celebrate this landmark reissue, THOR, in association with famed radio personality and metalhead Eddie Trunk and Fa…

YES Legends Billy Sherwood and Tony Kaye's "Live In Japan" 2CD/1DVD OUT NOW!

London, UK - BILLY SHERWOOD is the current bass player in the band YES and will be touring with the band throughout 2016. TONY KAYE was an original founder member of YES and re-joined the band for the hugely successful 90125 era, which produced the hit OWNER OF A LONELY HEART. “Live in Japan” sees the duo performing songs from their careers including a generous number of YES hits!

The album is OUT NOW worldwide through all good retailers, including Amazon and iTunes, however for anyone purchasing directly from Cherry Red EACH ORDER COMES WITH A LIMITED EDITION HAND-SIGNED POSTCARD!  http://shop.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=5339

“Really looking forward to the release of our CD/DVD! It was very special for us to go to Japan and play these songs. We're both very excited to now be able to share the experience with everyone!” - Billy Sherwood

Billy Sherwood and Tony Kaye's “Live In Japan” 2CD / 1DVD release will be eagerly greeted by YES fans especially in light on Sherwood’s rec…

Concert Review: Dream Theater at The Palace Theater

Dream Theater At The Palace Theater April 18, 2016 Albany, New York
It had been over 3.5 years since I saw Dream Theater play live. For this fan it was an exceedingly long time. I regret not going to the Boston show that was captured on DVD with the orchestra but that is gone and here we are. Once again siting in our seats (for the ninth time) waiting for what I consider to be the greatest band in the world.
I have to thank Jordan Rudess for getting us backstage again. He has been very gracious over the years and he and the band have made me and my son feel like we are not just fans, but part of the Dream Theater family. Many thanks out to Jordan and John Petrucci for taking the time for conversation, some pics and signing my program as well. It was unfortunate we missed the rest of the band this time, as we had to get on the road for our journey home and go to work the next day.
I went to this concert with a bit more anticipation than all the others because for only the second time I woul…

Riotous Retro Rock EP From Big Zero

Big Zero are all about retro - from the eighties new wave sound of their music to the VHS aesthetic of their music videos to the 8-track quality of their production. There are a lot of retro –flavoured groups about now but Big Zero’s conviction makes their approach seem almost fresh.
‘Mainstream Propaganda’ is their latest EP and it’s a lot of fun, boasting fantastic hooks, great guitar grooves and angsty political lyrics.
‘Tear it Up and Start Again’ serves as the perfect example of what to expect…


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New Age Instrumental: Laima Gaizutis-Simply Beautiful Collection II

Release Date: April 28, 2016 Label: Independent Website
Laima Gaizutis has an interesting and inspiring life story. The roots of success in early America are due to many immigrants bringing their talents to this country. In more modern times Laima’s parents immigrated to Cleveland from Lithuania and that is where she began her lifetime love affair with piano. 

Simply Beautiful Collection II encompasses eleven instrumental tracks with varying degrees of pace and styles. Once you listen to the album you would have to agree that the title is quite appropriate.

Track 4, “I Missed Laughter Most,” I found filled with twists and turns unlike the previous three tracks. The first few tracks set the ambiance and mood if you will while this track offers a sudden change of pace with elements of jazz stirred into the mixture for a bit more color.

After that variance of sound and texture Laima brings back the softer soothing sounds with “Sunlight.” It’s like the light of the new day gently hitting your f…

NYC Prog Trio SkyTalk Release New Video "Hearing The Silence"

“If this impressive debut can introduce them to the same audience that has embraced The Dirty Loops with such enthusiasm, 'Days in the Sun' might launch SkyTalk to great heights.” - PROG Magazine

NYC - In support of their latest critically acclaimed EP “Days in the Sun” NYC prog trio SkyTalk has released a new video titled “Hearing The Silence”!

Watch the video here: 


SkyTalk is a 3 piece collaborative effort formed in January 2015 by twin brothers Jordan and Talor Steinberg and Dan “Ello” Costello. Costello was introduced to the twins by a mutual friend while all three were attending Purchase College. They bonded instantly on a similar taste in music, particularly 70's progressive rock bands like Yes and Rush. Shortly after meeting, the three met up again to jam and quickly found that they had an undeniable musical chemistry, as well as similar inner philosophies on life and music. Eager to form a band, the three began writing original music together and were surprised at …

Guitar Virtuoso Marcelo Paganini To Release Digitally "First time in Rio - Marcelo Paganini Band Live"

Paris - French-Brazilian guitar virtuoso Marcelo Paganini has been away from his native Brazil for more than 11 years when he booked a last minute tour in December 2014 to release there his critically acclaimed prog rock jazz fusion album “2012 Space Traffic Jam”. Three gigs in his home town Belo Horizonte, including the private party for Marcelo's 50th anniversary, and three gigs in Rio de Janeiro where he has never played before with his band. Being also a film maker, doing what he calls “No BS films” (means “no budget/no script films”) since 2003, Paganini decided to make a rockumentary about the tour: “First time in Rio” (“Primeira vez no Rio”) 34 minutes 57 seconds, color, France, that was concluded in March 2016. There is also one extended version planned, around one hour long, with more live songs. The rock doc will be screened at Portobello Film Festival in London next September. The live soundtrack of the film is being released in April the 14th 2016 on CD Baby “First ti…

Jazz/Fusion/Progressive Review: Armonite-The Sun Is New Each Day

Release Date: 22nd June 2015
Label:  Independent
Website
Armonite is an Italian band which generated a big problem for this reviewer in that it was very difficult to properly describe their style. The band originally combined rock and classical music with an instrument line-up that boasted 2 electric violins, keyboards, bass and drums, or at least that was true of the debut release in 1999, Inuit. If we then jump forward to 2015, one of the violinists and the main composer of the music formed a “new” band with the same name. The addition of a drummer and a bass player resulted in the release of the album under consideration in this review, The Sun Is New Each Day, with a more “normal” band line-up. The music has continued to use the classical violin work from the debut release and probably is best held up alongside the jazz fusion genres.

Armonite is a 4 piece band comprising Jacopo Bigi (electric violin), Paolo Fosso (keyboards) Colin Edwin (bass) and Jasper Barendregt (drums) with Colin…

Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman To Release "Starship Trooper" Compilation Feat. Steve Hillage, Nik Turner, Steve Howe, William Shatner and Others!

Los Angeles – On April 15th Purple Pyramid records will be releasing an out of this world collection of extraordinary performances by legendary YES keyboardist Rick Wakeman! For more than four decades Rick Wakeman has established himself as a visionary showman without peer, the creator of some of the most extravagant performances, breathtaking soloing and imaginative passages ever preserved on record, or executed on stage.

Aptly titled “Starship Trooper”, this amazing collection contains 2 previously unreleased tracks including a powerful rendition of Tool's “Sober” plus several more brilliant cover songs of The Who, Pink Floyd, and The Doors including 5 never before heard versions! The compilation also includes performances by Gong’s Steve Hillage, Yes's Billy Sherwood, Steve Howe and Tony Kaye, William Shatner, Colin Moulding, Jerry Goodman, Nik Turner, Carmine Appice and more!

“Over the last few years I have performed on many tracks as a 'guest' but never before has…

New Age Instrumental Review: Marika Takeuchi-Colors in the Diary

Release Date: April 1, 2016 Label: Independent Website
In November of 2014 I covered Marika Takeuchi’s album Rain Stories. Here it is April 2016 and the latest release from this most talented pianist and composer titled Colors in the Diary is now available.Her 4th album is produced by the Grammy-winning producer Will Ackerman and features the world-class cellist Eugene Friesen and violinist Si-Jing Huang. Even though the piano work is good enough to stand alone the addition of these two musicians most certainly accentuate every note produced by the ivory keys.

The colors that populate this lady’s world are what surrounds us all, the beauty of Mother Nature. And through her music Marika paints a most lovely picture and goes from strength to strength to record a solid album. 

With winter disappearing and the spring bringing warmer weather “Frozen Lake” was a quick reminder for folks that experience one of the four seasons. The elegance of Marika’s playing was like watching an ice ballerinas …

Psychedelic Rock Review: Psych Box-Various Artists

Release Date: 19th February 2016 Label: Cleopatra Track Listing/Website

Psych Box is a 5 CD box set of treasures, and within the 77 tracks included, you can settle back to hear the old and the new and visit such areas as ambient, mellow kraut rock, indie and space rock.

Initially I was concerned as to how to approach such a review with the sprawling nature of the contents and the sheer number of bands/tracks, but as I have always been told, the best place to start is with the beginning, so off we go with Disc 1.

The opening disc of the Psych Box has 15 tracks and a running time of around 66 minutes. Highlights that I discovered as I relaxed and listened to the disc were, “Going To Hell” (2:58) by The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Black Angels doing a version of The Doors song, “Soul Kitchen” (3:31) and “Damien” (6:19) by The Legendary Pink Dots. These three tracks are indeed the opening tracks to Disc 1 and with such luminaries as Hawkwind and Brainticket included in the remaining tracks, …