Cairo’s Say

Cairo – $@Y

Cairo – $@Y [Say] (Heavy Right Foot Records, 2016)

Say is the debut release of rock band Cairo, the latest project of British keyboardist and vocalist Rob Cottingham, not to be confused with American progressive rock band Cairo.

Even though Cairo is described as a progressive rock band, it is yet another project where tired heavy metal riffs permeate the music. Rob Cottingham does great work in terms of effects, atmospheres, keyboard solos, the addition of spoken word and forward-thinking electronics, but it gets lost in a wave of predictable heavy metal and hard rock guitars and pop vocal hooks. I’ve said it before, how about a prog mix for progressive rock fans and a heavy metal mix for metal fans.

The band includes Rob Cottingham on keyboards and vocals; Rachel Hill on vocals; Lisa Driscoll on vocals; James Hards on electric and acoustic guitars; Paul Stocker on bass and acoustic guitars; and Graham Brown on drums and percussion. Guests: John Mitchell on backing vocals and Nick Yarris on spoken word.

 

 

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Steve Hackett to Perform Genesis Revisited, Solo Gems & GTR in Tarrytown in 2018

Steve Hackett

Acclaimed progressive rock guitarist Steve Hackett is set to perform February 18, 2018 at Tarrytown Music Hall in New York. The concert is part of the Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited, Solo Gems & GTR 2018 Tour De Force.

Steve Hackett was lead guitarist with progressive rock-era Genesis as part of their classic line up with Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford. With Genesis, Hackett recorded progressive rock classics: Nursery Cryme (1971), Foxtrot (1972), Genesis Live (1973), Selling England by the Pound (1973), The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974), A Trick of the Tail (1976), and Wind & Wuthering (1976).

Hackett’s solo recordings include prog rock, jazz, world music and blues influences. Essential solo albums include Voyage of the Acolyte (1975), Please Don’t Touch (1978), Spectral Mornings (1979), Beyond the Shrouded Horizon (2011), Genesis Revisited II (2012), and The Night Siren (2017).

Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited

Sunday, February 18, 2018
7:00 PM
Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY

Progressive Rock Guitarist Phil Miller Dies

Phil Miller

British progressive rock and jazz fusion guitarist Phil Miller died October 18, 2017.

Philip Paul Miller was born on January 22, 1949 in Barnet, Hertfordshire. He was a member of various British bands, including Delivery and the highly influential Canterbury progressive rock bands Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, National Health. He later formed Short Wave and released various solo projects.

In 2005 and 2006, Miller toured with the re-united Hatfield and the North.

Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock Dies at 66

Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock

 

German progressive rock and electronic music guitarist, keyboardist and composer Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock died October 14th, 2017 of kidney failure.

Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock was born January 30, 1951 in Duisburg, Germany. In 1971 he formed a psychedelic rock band called Impuls. During the 1970s, Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock experimented with electronic keyboards and built his own studio.

In the early 1980s, Hoffmann-Hoock co-founded the band Cosmic Hoffmann. In 1982, Hoffmann-Hoock traveled to India. His music started to incorporate Asian influences from India and Bali.

 

 

In 1986, Hoffmann-Hoock founded Mind Over Matter, an iconic band that mixed electronica with music of the Far East. Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock played electric guitar and keyboards, as well Indian sitar.

Mind Over Matter released 12 recordings with various lineups.

 

Masterful Mixes of Early Gentle Giant

Gentle Giant – Three Piece Suite (Alucard, 2017)

Three Piece Suite gives new life to tracks carefully selected from Gentle Giant’s first three albums: Gentle Giant, Acquiring the Taste, and Three Friends.

The two-disc set includes a CD with new mixes of the tracks expertly crafted by musician and composer Steven Wilson, who has been doing a remarkable job with his remixes of classic and influential progressive rock albums.

It’s pure delight to listen to all the new details and nuances that Gentle Giant treats the listen to with full clarity. Gentle Giant was one of the groundbreaking prog rock bands and listeners can now enjoy the band’s earlier material with much improved sound.

There is also an unreleased song titled Freedom’s Child, from Gentle Giant’s first recording sessions with producer Tony Visconti.

The Blu-ray contains quite a few treats: animated videos made for the Steven Wilson mixes, instrumental mixes of all tracks, and flat transfers of all three complete albums in their original mixes.
The booklet contains an essay by journalist Anil Prasad that includes quotes from Gentle Giant’s members about the beginning of the band and their early recordings.

This set is highly recommended for longtime fans and newcomers to the magical world of progressive rock.

 

 

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Guilty of Innocence

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius – Guilty of Innocence

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius – Guilty of Innocence (Melodic Revolution Records, 2017)

Guilty of Innocence is the fifth studio album from Joe Deninzon and Stratospheerius. Deninzon is known for his fiery violin solos and delivers quite a few great ones.

While in the past, Deninzon has recorded progressive rock and fusion-leanings compositions, Guilty of Innocence heads into a more commercial direction, with short songs infused with hard rock, AOR and pop hooks. Sure, there are brief spectacular violin solos and notable bass lines, but it’s mainly non-progressive material.

The highlights of the album are track 9, “Dream Day Cadenza,” where Deninzon showcases the marvels he can do with solo violin and effects; and track 10, “Soul Food.” This last song begins as yet another AOR piece, but when you get passed minute 4, it’s transformed into a wild instrumental prog rock ride with electric violin and guitar wizardry as well as splendid mandolin and piano.

Personnel: Joe Deninzon on electric violin, lead vocals, mandolin, and guitar; Aurelien Budynek on guitar, vocals; Jamie Bishop on bass, vocals; Lucianna Padmore on drums.

Guests include Renaissance’s Rave Tesar on keyboards; guitar maestro Alex Skolnick on guitar; Randy McStine on guitar, background vocals; Melanie Mitrano on vocals; Eddie Venegas on violin; Earl Maneein on viola; Leo Grinhauz on cello; Patrice Jackson on cello; and Benny Koonyevsky on drums.

Buy the digital download version of Guilty of Innocence. The CD is available from store.cdbaby.com

Absorbing Psychedelic Shapes

Quantum Fantay – Tessellation of Euclidean Space (Progressive Promotion Records PPRCD 051, 2017)

Belgian band Quantum Fantay continues to charm with its captivating mix of progressive rock, psychedelic music, electronica and reggae beats. Influences range from Ozric Tentacles to Pink Floyd.

The lineup includes Pete Mush on synthesizers and bubbles (effects); Jaro on bass; Gino Bartonili on drums; Jorinde on flute; Tom Tee on guitars; and Nette Willox on saxophone.

Tessellation of Euclidean Space is masterfully-crafted album by one of the leading progressive psychedelic rock bands of our time.

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YES Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman to Perform in Miami

Progressive rock band YES Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman is set to perform on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at The Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.

YES was co-founded by Jon Anderson and the late Chris Squire in 1968 and went on to sell millions of albums with classic prog rock releases such as Fragile, Close to The Edge, Tales From Topographic Oceans, and Going For The One and the commercial radio friendly pop-rock recording 90125, as well as embarking on several record-breaking world tours.

The touring band line-up is completed by two remarkable musicians – Lee Pomeroy on bass and Louis Molino III on drums.

The trio will be recording new material throughout the summer for a projected album release in early 2018.

Time for Pink Floyd in Montreal

Time for Pink Floyd, a tribute band featuring members of Canadian progressive rock band Hamadryad, is set to perform on October 21st, 2017 at the Rialto Theater in Montreal. With 7 musicians on stage, Time for Pink Floyd will play the best classics of the prog rock legend.

The Rialto Theater
5723 Av du Parc, Montreal, QC H2V 4G9
$ 44 Show only – $ 123 Dinner-show (taxes included)
Box Office: http://theatrerialto.ca/en/event/spectacle-hommage-time-for-pink-floyd/?instance_id=206
Info and/or reservation (514) 770-7773

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