Dewa Budjana Releases Free Download Compilation ‘Postcard from Bali’

Dewa Budjana – Postcard from Bali

Indonesian guitar wizard Dewa Budjana has released a free sampler digital download album titled ‘Postcard from Bali.’ The album includes an impressive cast of guest musicians from the jazz, fusion and progressive rock world: Vinnie Colaiuta, Jimmy Johnson, Antonio Sanchez, Joe Locke, Ben Williams, Tony Levin, Jack DeJohnette, Gary Husband, Peter Erskine, Dave Carpenter, Bob Mintzer, Larry Goldings and some of the finest Indonesian musicians: Shadu Rasjidi, Saat Syah, Indra Lesmana.

The album is available at dewabudjana.bandcamp.com/album/postcard-from-bali-free-download

Discipline and Galactic Cowboy Orchestra to Perform at Roxy & Dukes

Galactic Cowboy Orchestra

Two highly esteemed progressive rock acts are set to perform on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Roxy & Dukes in Dunellen, New Jersey.

Discipline has recording its fifth studio album, “Captives of the Wine Dark Sea”, with current members Paul Dzendzel (drums), Mathew Kennedy (bass guitar), Chris Herin (lead guitar), and Matthew Parmenter (vocals and keyboards). Discipline and Sonus Umbra will be performing on October 13, 2017 at Duffy’s in Toronto and October 15, 2017 at L’Anti Bar & Spectacles in Quebec.

The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra elegantly combines progressive music with roots music elements.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
1:00 p.m. doors, 2:00 p.m. show
Roxy & Dukes, 745 Bound Brook Rd, Dunellen, NJ
Cost: Online Presale $32.00
Walk ups day of show $40 (Cash Only) Beginning at 1PM
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Fusion Wizard John McLaughlin and 4th Dimension Release Live at Ronnie Scott’s

John McLaughlin – Live at Ronnie Scott’s

 

Guitar maestro John McLaughlin and his band 4th Dimension have a new live album recorded at Ronnie Scott’s. The band will touring the United States and Mexico in November and December 2017.

 

 

Meeting of the Spirits Tour

11/1/17 Buffalo, NY
11/2/17 Albany, NY
11/3/17 New York,
11/4/17 Port Chester, NY
11/5/17 Providence, RI
11/8/17 Boston, MA
11/9/17 Philadelphia, PA
11/10/17 Newark, NJ
11/11/17 Washington DC
11/12/17 Raleigh, NC
11/15/17 Ann Arbor, MI
11/17/17 Chicago, IL
11/18/17 Chicago, IL
11/19/17 Indianapolis, IN
11/21/17 Nashville, TN
11/22/17 Atlanta, GA
11/24/17 Jacksonville, FL
11/25/17 Clearwater, FL
11/27/17 New Orleans, LA
11/30/17 Austin, TX
12/1/17 Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
12/5/17 Seattle, WA
12/6/17 Portland, OR
12/8/17 San Francisco, CA
12/9/17 Los Angeles, CA

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Avant Time of the Grets

Ut Gret ‎– Time of the Grets

Ut Gret ‎– Time of the Grets (ZNR Records ZNR1009, 1998)

Ut Gret is one of the leading American bands in the avant-garde side of progressive rock. On Time of the Grets you’ll find free form improvisation, avant-garde jazz and elements of progressive rock.

The album features special guests such as Eugene Chadbourne, Davey Williams and Henry Kaiser.

The highlight of the album is a fabulous Zeuhl-style piece titled Magma Futura.

The lineup includes Joee Conroy on guitars, Chapman stick, violin, bass, viola de gamba, santoor, psaltery, autoharp, cheng, shamisen, pipa, zitherphonics; David Stilley on saxophones, keyboards, bassoon, clarinets, flutes, wind synthesizer, percussion, MIDI mapping; Gregory Acker on flute, chendra, percussion; Davey Williams on electric guitar; Eugene Chadbourne on guitar; Murray Reams on drums; Henry Kaiser on guitars; Greg Goodman on piano; and Misha Feigin on vocals.

An Intriguing Musical Picnic

Harri Kuusijärvi Koutus – Music for a Family Picnic

Harri Kuusijärvi Koutus – Music for a Family Picnic (Eclipse Music, 2017)

Music for a Family Picnic is the second album by Finnish progressive music band Harri Kuusijärvi Koutus. The group is led by multifaceted accordionist and composer Harri Kuusijärvi.

On Music for a Family Picnic you’ll find a wide range of influences, from minimalist and cinematic passages to progressive rock, folk and jazz.

The lineup on Music for a Family Picnic includes Harri Kuusijärvi · on accordion and effects; Veikki Virkajärvi on electric guitar; Eero Tikkanen on bass; Teho Majamäki on vibraphone, percussion, and effects; and Jesse Ojajärvi on drums.

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Promising Aporía

Pareidolon – Aporía (Shine Productions, 2017)

Pareidolon is a Canadian progressive rock and hard rock act led by ensemble led by bassist and composer Lachlan Tocher. All the members of Pareidolon are graduates from the Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology program.

Aporía contains 6 tracks. The highlights are the three progressive rock-leaning pieces: “The Tunnel”, “Leave” and “Good Morning.”

“The Tunnel” features a mesmerizing mix of mellotron, piano and bass along with tasty synth and guitar solos and a fine mix of male and female vocals.

 

 

“Leave” is a great suite containing mellotron, dreamy female vocals and dual guitar work.

 

 

Piano and natural sounds are the essence of the evocative instrumental “Good Morning.”

 

Two other tracks are essentially hard rock efforts and the last track introduces heavy metal.

The lineup includes Lachlan Tocher on bass and mellotron; Brittany Keller on vocals; Jonathan Kwak on vocals; Ashley Pearce on guitar; Branden Green on guitar; Anna Backus on piano and synths; and Aybars Savat on drums.

There seem to be two elemental forces in the band, pushing and pulling. The progressive side is obviously the most appealing, forward-thinking, with great potential.

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Jazz Guitar Maestro John Abercrombie Dies at 72

John Abercrombie

 

Acclaimed jazz guitarist John Abercrombie died on August 22, 2017 after a long illness.

John Laird Abercrombie was born on December 16, 1944 in Port Chester, New York. In a press release, ECM Records’ Tina Pelikan wrote: “He will be much missed, for his sensitive musicality, his good companionship, and his dry humor which enhanced many a session. He leaves behind an extensive discography which will be studied as long as people continue to play jazz guitar.

John made his first recording for ECM, the appropriately-titled “Timeless”, in the summer of 1974, with his lifelong friend Jack DeJohnette on the drums, and Jan Hammer on organ. Over the next four decades, he was active as leader, co-leader and sideman on dozens of ECM projects. A creative writer of jazz tunes, John also loved to play freely as much as he loved to play standards. Many of his albums combine all of these resources, unified by his fluid, silvery tone and improvisational eloquence. In conversation he would speak of his enduring fondness for Jim Hall and Wes Montgomery, primary influences, and also of the liberating examples of Ornette Coleman and Jimi Hendrix; Bill Evans’s sense of lyricism was also of crucial importance to him.

John Abercrombie

 

John Abercrombie led a number of very fine bands, and he was particularly proud of his last quartet with Marc Copland on piano, Drew Gress on double bass, and Joey Baron on drums. This quartet released two albums, “39 Steps” and “Up and Coming”, the latter just released in January 2017.

 

 

Highlights in his recording career were many and include the Gateway trio albums with Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette, the duo albums with Ralph Towner, the Special Editions albums (with DeJohnette, Lester Bowie and Eddie Gomez), Jan Garbarek’s “Eventyr”, Charles Lloyd’s “The Water Is Wide”, Collin Walcott’s “Grazing Dreams” (where John and Don Cherry play together), Enrico Rava’s “The Pilgrim and the Stars”, Kenny Wheeler’s “Deer Wan” … the list goes on.

John died peacefully at Hudson Valley Hospital outside of Peekskill, NY, in the presence of his family.”

 

Machine Mass Plays Hendrix

Machine Mass – Plays Hendrix (Moonjune, 2017)

Belgian progressive rock outfit Machine Mass transforms classic songs by the rock music trailblazer Jimi Hendrix into scorching, high intensity jazz-rock fusion pieces. Although all the track were recorded in a studio, the musicians essentially played live, with no overdubs and very little editing.

Machine Mass is led by guitarist Michel Delville and drummer Anthony Bianco. They are joined by a young talented keyboardist named Antoine Guenet.

The album lineup includes Michel Delville on guitar, Roland GR09, loops, stylophone, electronics, samples; Tony Bianco on drums, percussion; and Antoine Guenet on keyboards, synthesizer, acoustic piano.

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Progressive rock, jazz-rock fusion, ambient electronic music and beyond