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Release Date: August 9, 2016 Label: LMB Music Website
When I saw that Lawrence Blatt’s latest release Longitudes & Latitudes was produced by Will Ackerman it totally made sense. Ackerman is a great acoustic guitar player that I have enjoyed over the years particularly when he was running his Windham Hill label.

Right from the outset of this album I could hear Ackerman’s influence however now he is more of an influence on the production side of the house. Tom Eaton is the engineer on the album as well, a consistent partner of Ackerman.

As stated on his website Lawrence often plays in an open tuning to create a nice rhythm then adds the other instruments. It is a very effective combination. He plays electric and acoustic guitars and synthesizer (and like any good musician has many to choose from). Many of the guests appearing on the album help to make this journey complete including Ackerman and the marvelous brass of Jeff Oster. Because of the diversity offered on the album it is clearl…

Ian Martyn Releases The Very Moving Debut Album 'Life's An Emotional Journey'

Ian Martyn is an exciting artist who has taken a unique approach to entwining music and art, in the most perfect way.
Collaborating with artists all over the world, some artists worthy of note are Jack Vettriano (on 'Why Don't You Tell Me'), Leonid Afremov and Sera Knight (on 'You Are The One'), Laurie Hamilton, Adam Scott Miller, Delmary and(on 'I Can Feel Your Power') Daniel Eskridge (on 'Dance With Spirits'), Rassouili and Josephine Wall (on 'Déjà Vu').
A personal favourite of mine is Déjà Vu, with Rassouili and Josephine Wall... view it below:



You can view more of Rassouili's work here: http://www.rassouli.com/home.htm
And Josephine Wall here: http://www.josephinewall.co.uk/
The artwork along with the song feels very spiritual, it feels like it takes you on a journey, Ian, hopes that from his 'Emotional Journey' he can help others on theirs and help others express their feelings, for some it may be music or art and Ian is de…

The King Of The Honking Sax BIG JAY MCNEELY Returns With A Brand New Set Of Recordings!

Los Angeles, CA - Before Jimi Hendrix, before Elvis Presley, there was Big Jay McNeely honking and squealing on his saxophone, wowing audiences with a stellar, energetic live show that often found him writhing around on his back or jumping into the middle of his enthusiastic audience, all while never missing a single beat! McNeely is truly the last of a generation of blues/R&B musicians who inspired the early rock pioneers, and are still around to remind us where popular music came from. Now, McNeely has teamed with Cleopatra Records to present this special album of 5 brand new recordings plus a handful of classics from the ‘50s & ‘60s called Blowin’ Down The House - Big Jay’s Greatest & Latest. This collection will be released on the Cleopatra Blues imprint September 30 on both CD and vinyl!

Big Jay McNeely’s incredible career began in the ‘40s and saw him play with several major R&B and blues legends of the late ‘40s and early ‘50s such as Little Richard, B.B. King,…

Concert Review: Ace Frehley and SIMO

Ace Frehley Goes Space Truckin’ At The Colonial Theater Opening Act SIMO Impresses Capacity Crowd September 27, 2016 Pittsfield, MA. http://acefrehley.com

If you are Kiss fan you were at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield Massachusetts on Tuesday night. To put it more succinctly, everyone there came to see Ace Frehley. He was the main talent in Kiss and everyone knows it, with the exception of some of his former band mates of course. This is my opinion and that of many others but as with anything else I am sure there are many people that would disagree.

Warm up bands can be a hit or miss proposition and in this case it was a shot that hit dead center for these ears and apparently the capacity audience.  The band that came on to warm things up for Ace was SIMO, named after the lead guitar player and vocalist J.D. Simo.This is a classic power trio that included the bass player Elad Shapiro and drummer Adam Abrashoff.

Abrashoff had a minimal drum kit and what he accomplished with it was amazing.…

French Music Legends Magma To Perform With The Mëtalïk Orkestra At The Olympia In Paris - February 2 & 3, 2017!

Paris, France - Bands and trends might come and go, but some of it is meant to stay. Far beyond a mere jolt to the music world or a fad phenomenon, Magma imposed themselves as early as the 1970's thanks to their unconventional and cliché-free approach to music. An unparalleled music, which is as violent as it is clever. Founded by drummer and singer Christian Vander, the band quickly set itself apart from its contemporaries through heavy and ruthless polyrhythmic beats. With a wide range of contemporary musical greats at his side, Vander remains a fine mentor from the likes of Miles Davis.

Since its reunion in 1996, the band has gone on several tours, always followed by its ever-growing and loyal fan base, and attracting an increasingly young audience! The cult band celebrated its 40th anniversary with the release of two Classical influenced bright new albums in 2009 and 2012. For their 45th anniversary, Magma is back with two new opuses respectively titled "Riah Sahiltaahk&…

Audio Fidelity Inks Licensing Deal With Will Ackerman's West River Records

Ackerman's Grammy winning "Returning" coming on 180g vinyl for the 1st time!

Camarillo, CA - Marshall Blonstein, president of Audio Fidelity is pleased to announce an agreement with Will Ackerman and his West River Records. The agreement calls for Audio Fidelity, in conjunction with West River Records, to release the first 180g vinyl pressing of Ackerman's 2005 Grammy award winning recording, "Returning: Pieces for Guitar 1970-2004." Ackerman is universally recognized as the preeminent pioneer in the new age music movement, and the founder of Windham Hill Records.

In 2004, after years of growth and introspection, Ackerman re-recorded an album of his best-known songs. A greatest hits collection of all new performances.  The playing and recording of these New Age instrumentals are sharper now than on those original Windham Hill classics and Ackerman's most popular compositions have rarely sounded as poignant.

Blonstein felt one of the elements of working …

SACD Rock/Metal Review: Blue Oyster Cult-Secret Treaties

Release Date: September 9, 2016 Label: Audio Fidelity Website
I am big Blue Oyster Cult fan and have been since the 70s. Secret Treaties was my introduction to the band. I remember buying the LP and noticed that the cover was unusual. As it turned out the music was unlike anything I had heard before and I thought it was just as different as the cover. That was my first impression as a teenager exploring new music. As time passed I enjoyed the album more with each listen and it became and still is my all-time favorite BOC album. I cannot marginalize the importance of Agents of Fortune which comes in as a close second. That is the album that made them superstars worldwide. This is the album that laid down the foundation to build on their legacy.

Secret Treaties is and will remain a heavy metal classic. Every track is crystal clear and given new life in Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity SACD Hybrid Multichannel version. What I noticed right out of the gate was a significant boost in the pr…

Hard Rock Supergroup HOLLYWOOD MONSTERS Unleashes A Brand New Album!

Los Angeles, CA - The hard rock supergroup featuring French vocalist and guitar phenom Steph Honde, who anchored the band of original Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Dianno, and drum icon Vinny Appice of Black Sabbath and Dio returns with a brand new album of killer tracks! Capture The Sun ups the ante of the band's highly acclaimed 2014 debut album offering even more killer riffs and outstanding songwriting as well as a superb cover of David Bowie’s “Sweet Thing/Candidate” from the glamtastic Diamond Dogs album. As always, this Hollywood Monsters joint features a TON of outstanding special guest performances including the likes of bassist Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge, Beck, Bogert, Appice), another Dio alum Tracy G, Whitesnake’s Neil Murray, Danko Jones, and many others!

Watch a video teaser of the album here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlB8KWKh_zo&feature=youtu.be

Track List:
1. Mysteries Of Life
2. Evilution
3. Always Crashing The Same Car
4. It's A Lie
5. Waiting
6. Don&#…

Instrumental Meditation Review: Hennie Bekker-Beyond Dreams-Pathways to Deep Relaxtion

Release Date: July 22, 2016 Label: Abbeywood Records Website Hennie Bekker has a new release titled Beyond Dreams. As explained in the most clear and concise fashion on his website…itcombines rhythmic entrainment with melodies that listeners can enjoy while preparing for sleep, meditating, or practicing yoga or general self-exploration. The album contains six tracks comprising sixty minutes of continuous music that is designed to help the listener achieve a deep state of relaxation.

Here is a definition of entrainment:Entrainment in the biomusicological sense refers to the synchronization of organisms (only humans as a whole, with some particular instances of a particular animal) to an external perceived rhythm, such as human music and dance such as foot tapping..

This is not a typical review that I would present. More importantly the music itself is the main tool to reach a level of consciousness that simply cannot be attained in normal daily circumstances. I think to single out any one p…

Burnt Belief, Multifaceted Instrumental Band Feat. Porcupine Tree Member, To Release Third Installment of Trilogy: "Emergent"

Boston, MA - Inspired by the unspoken and hidden truths behind our daily reality, “Emergent” is the third in a trilogy of collaborative works by bassist Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree/Metallic Taste of Blood/O.R.k etc) and experimental US guitarist Jon Durant, under the working name Burnt Belief.

“Emergent” builds on the duo's previous work whilst still exploring the fundamental aspects that define Burnt Belief's sonic world, namely hypnotic rhythmic elements seamlessly blended with lush guitar led soundscapes and deep ambient atmospherics. “Emergent” also showcases the intense and unpredictable, yet satisfying guitar playing from Durant, who manages to tame elemental, skittish and frequently unsettling tones, by subtly wrapping them in layers of magnetic aura. Drumming throughout is Vinny Sabatino, who brings an inventive, muscular and precise beat to complement Colin Edwin's expansive and expressive fretless and upright basses.

Says Jon Durant, “One of the things that make…

Guitar Legend Steve Hillage To Release 22-Disc Career Spanning Box Set "Searching For The Spark" - October 21, 2016

London, UK - “Searching For The Spark” is a 22-disc box set celebrating the work of award-winning guitarist, Steve Hillage.

Since he began playing guitar in the early 1960s, through his time with Gong and beyond as a solo artist and one half of System 7, Steve Hillage has embodied what it means to be a truly progressive musician.

One of the most respected and beloved players arising from the Canterbury Scene, “Searching For The Spark” shines a spotlight on his solo work, chronicling his very first recording in 1969 through to 1991's self-titled debut with System 7.

In addition to gathering his eight solo albums, “Searching For The Spark” also houses seven albums of live material and no less than four discs of demos and archive recordings, many previously unreleased, direct from Steve's own personal collection.

Brimming with rare photos, press clippings, reviews and commentary from Hillage himself, the box set includes a lavish, hardback 188 page book documenting Steve’s life …

This Oceanic Feeling Announces the Release of the Second Digital Single, I Play Debussy, From the Acclaimed Debut Album Universal Mind! OUT NOW!

London, UK – The members of prog trio This Oceanic Feeling continue to promote Universal Mind, their debut album which has been acclaimed by fans and critics alike.  The band’s song “Put Down The Gun” was nominated for the Anthems Awards at the Prog Awards 2016 and there has been an outspoken demand from fans to see a follow up.

The band members are Chris Braide (lead vocals, guitar and keyboards), Ash Soan (drums) and Lee Pomeroy (bass) who fit in work on this trio project around their other work such as Chris’ production of "A" list artists (eg Sia, Britney Spears, Christijne Aguilera), Ash’s top level session work and Lee’s commitments with Take That, Jeff Lynne's ELO, Steve Hackett and ARW.

The digital single can be download from iTunes via this link: http://geni.us/oDmlXo

The studio album Universal Mind continues to be available from Amazon on CD ( http://geni.us/qemPG ) and LP (http://geni.us/t4xX ) alongside the digital edition which is available on iTunes ( http…

Instrumental New Age/Classical Review: Kevin Kern-When I Remember

Release Date: September 9, 2016 Label: Kevin Kern Music Website

People that are given obstacles in life either give in and give up to them or use that as motivation to push forward and become successful in spite of it. Kevin Kern took the positive path and used music as his voice of expression. Kevin has poor eyesight but judging by what this album titled When I Remember sounds like, that is not a disability.

The artist is influenced by Mozart, Chopin and Bach, all the great composers. He gained his tools by learning pieces by these legendary musicians when he was young. This is what and when he remembers as the title suggests (at least that is my interpretation). The tracks mirror that foundation in the most elegant and beautiful way.

I have heard countless standalone piano recordings this year and there is something about the simplicity and peacefulness it can bring to a listener that has intrigued me and given me the desire to accept it with an open heart and mind.

One track seamlessly f…

YES Legend Jon Anderson's "Tour Of The Universe" Audio Soundtrack Now Available Digitally!

Asheville, NC – Featuring the unique song writing and vocal talent of legendary YES singer/songwriter, Jon Anderson, his 2005 debut solo concept DVD “Tour Of The Universe” is a musical passage through life, time and the world beyond, featuring many new songs as well as classic hits from his work with YES and his collaborations with Vangelis. Recorded live at XM Radio Studios, Jon's inimitable performance has been crafted with dramatic animation and innovative visuals to create this pioneering concept DVD. Now for the very first time, much to the excitement of Jon's fans worldwide, the audio soundtrack to “Tour Of The Universe” is available digitally!

“Not many people know how this concert was created...FYI, I controlled all the music/ sound effects/backing vocals through my midi guitar, using a Roland GR 30...4 small Yamaha rack mounts..with all the musical sounds and effects needed ...I controlled it all with five foot pedals fading in the sounds for each song...which was a v…

The Security Project Feat. King Crimson & Peter Gabriel Members with Special Guest Happy Rhodes To Tour USA October/November 2016

Austin, TX - When Jerry Marotta or Trey Gunn has an idea often it is a good one. But when they have the same good idea at the same time it promises to be a great one. This was the case when they turned to each other and said: “Happy Rhodes. The Security Project should do something with Happy Rhodes.”

This is exactly what is happening with the fall tour. Happy Rhodes is an American singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and electronic musician with a four-octave vocal range. She has produced 11 solo recordings. Marotta and Gunn play on a several of them.

With the addition of Happy on lead vocals, The Security Project is able to dig deeper into Gabriel’s material and take it even further (imagine Kate Bush singing Gabriel tunes with The Security Project as the instrumentalists.) Marotta says “Happy brings with her the chance to play other material we have always talked about doing. Stuff from David Sylvian, Kate Bush and other gems from Trey’s and my past work, addition to Happy’s catalog…