Gerd Albers’ Reflections

Project Patchwork II – Re / Flection

Project Patchwork II – Re / Flection (Progressive Promotion Records, 2018)

Re / Flection is the latest release by Project Patchwork, a musical endeavor by German multi-instrumentalist and composer Gerd Albers. Re / Flection is a concept album that addresses several topics that Alberts is interested in: community, faith, first love, aging and death, refugee issues, populism among others.

The album is an ambitious melting pot where Albers mixes rock, smooth jazz, pop, hard, heavy and progressive rock. Highlights include the Peter Collins’ Genesis-inspired “Fear of Loss,” the acoustic “Last Horizon,” and the prog-folk of “A winter’s Tale.”

Re / Flection features various musical guests, including keyboardist Marek Arnold, guitarists Martin Schnella, John Mitchell, Markus Steffen, Stephan Pankow and vocalist Larry Brodel.

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Pat Metheny Announces 2018 World Tour

Pat Metheny

Acclaimed guitarist Pat Metheny has announced “An Evening with Pat Metheny” World Tour in 2018. The band includes Antonio Sanchez on drums, Linda May Han Oh on bass, and Gwilym Simcock on piano.
A Fall Tour of the US will be announced next week.

June 28, 2018

Figueira Da Foz, Portugal at Centro De Artes E Espectáculos Da Figueira Da Foz

June 29, 2018

Lisbon, Portugal at Altice Arena – Sala Tejo

June 30, 2018

Castelo Branco, Portugal at Cine-Teatro Avenida

July 01, 2018

Porto, Portugal at Coliseu Porto

July 02, 2018

Madrid, Spain at Noches del Botanico

July 05, 2018

Cordoba, Spain at Teatro Axerquia

July 07, 2018

Barcelona, Spain at Voll-Damm Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona

July 08, 2018

Vitrolles, France at Charlie Jazz Festival

July 12, 2018

Kiel, Germany at Kieler Schloss Veranstaltungszentrum

July 13, 2018

Düsseldorf, Germany at Tonhalle

July 14, 2018

Rotterdam, Netherlands at North Sea Jazz Festival

July 16, 2018

Stuttgart, Germany at Jazzopen

July 18, 2018

Gardone Riviera, Italy at Anfiteatro del Vittoriale

July 19, 2018

Perugia, Italy at Arena Santa Giuliana

July 20, 2018

Roma, Italy at Auditorium

July 21, 2018

Borgia, Italy at Parco Archeologico Scolacium

July 22, 2018

Molfetta, Italy at Banchina San Domenico

July 24, 2018

Pescara, Italy at Teatro D’annunzio

July 28, 2018

Marciac, France at Jazz in Marciac

August 02, 2018

Great Barrington, MA at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

August 03, 2018

Newport, RI at Newport Jazz Festival

August 04, 2018

Newport, RI at Newport Jazz Festival

Edensong Announces April 2018 Tour

American progressive rock band Edensong has announced its upcoming North American tour that begins tomorrow, April 13.

The band is releasing its entire 2017 performance from the Terra Incognita festival in Quebec in a very limited run available exclusively at the shows mentioned below. It’s in CD format and includes access to download an HD video of the whole show.

Edensong’s previous recordings include: The Fruit Fallen (2008), Echoes of Edensong: From the Studio and Stage (2010) and Years in the Garden of Years (2016).

 

Tour Dates:

4/13 – Cambridge, MA (The Lilypad) with Ben Levin Group
4/14 – Winooski, VT (The Monkey House) with Zeus Springsteen
4/15 – Quebec, QC (Centre d’art la Chapelle) with the Night Watch
4/16 – Ottawa, ON (Cafe Dekcuf) with the Night Watch and Pantomime
4/17 – Albany, NY (Savoy Taproom) with Seaspan
4/19 – New York, NY (DROM) with Stratospheerius and 2Birds Band
4/20 – Nyack, NY (Olive’s) with Stratoshpeerius and Thrilldriver

Sumptuous Pop from Kino

Kino – Radio Voltaire

Kino – Radio Voltaire (InsideOut, 2018)

Kino is a project led by two well-known British musicians regularly involved in progressive rock projects: vocalist and guitarist John Mitchell (It Bites, Lonely Robot) and longtime Marillion bassist Pete Trewavas. Despite the prog rock pedigree, ‘Radio Voltaire’ is really not a progressive rock album. It’s rather a pop production with lush arrangements.

The title track ‘Radio Voltaire’ is one of the most progressive-leaning songs, featuring engaging vocals, sound effects and masterful guitar and keyboard work.

After that, most of the album consists of radio friendly classic rock, pop and ballads. Another song that caught my attention was “The Silent Fighter Pilot” which has an epic guitar conclusion.
And for symphonic rock fans, the band teases the listener with a great, but sadly short bonus instrumental titled “the Kino Fanfair”

In addition to John Mitchell and Pete Trewavas, the album features drummer Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) and keyboardist John Beck (It Bites), who provides magnificent keyboard work when given a chance.

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Mabel Greer’s Toyshop’s The Secret

Mabel Greer’s Toyshop – The Secret (Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, 2017)

Mabel Greer’s Toyshop is a British rock band founded in 1966 that preceded progressive rock band Yes. Mabel Greer’s Toyshop was founded by guitarist Clive Bailey, drummer Robert Hagger (drums) and bassist Paul Rutledge. Chris Squire and Peter Banks later joined the band. Clive Bailey resurrected Mabel Greer’s Toyshop after the death of Peter Banks, initially as a tribute.

The Secret features founders Clive Bailey on vocals and guitars and Robert Hagger on drum s and percussion. They are joined by Hugo Barre on bass and backing vocals and Max Hunt on keyboards, guitars, and backing vocals.

The album is highly enjoyable although I wouldn’t go as far as calling it a fully progressive rock album. It contains well-constructed rock songs with psychedelic and classical influences featuring melancholic vocals by Clive Bailey, along with fine guitar lines and keyboard work, and classic rock drumming.

The final piece includes an unused guitar solo by the late Peter Banks.

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The Flower Kings Announce Second Boxed Set: ‘A Kingdom of Colours 2 (2004 – 2013)’

Acclaimed Swedish progressive rock band The Flower Kings has a new boxed set titled A Kingdom of Colours 2 (2004 – 2013). The new anthology includes the albums from ‘Adam & Eve’ to ‘Desolation Rose’ and also contains 3 discs of bonus material dating back from 1995.

This new collection is a follow-up to ‘A Kingdom of Colours (1995-2002)’ released late last year, that covered the period starting with ‘Back in the World of Adventures’ to ‘Unfold the Future’ over the course of 10 discs.

Full track-listing for the boxed set:

Adam & Eve
1 Love Supreme 19:50
2 Cosmic Circus 3:00
3 Babylon 2:41
4 A Vampires View 8:50
5 Days Gone By 1:10
6 Adam & Eve 7:50
7 Starlight Man 3:30
8 Timelines 7:40
9 Drivers Seat 18:22
10 The Blade of Cain 5:00

Paradox Hotel

CD1
1 Check In 1:37
2 Monsters & Men 21:21
3 Jealousy 3:22
4 Hit Me With a Hit 5:32
5 Pioneers of Aviation 7:49
6 Lucy Had a Dream 5:28
7 Bavarian Skies 6:34
8 Selfconsuming Fire 5:49
9 Mommy Leave the Light On 4:38
10 End on a High Note 10:43

CD2
1 Minor Giant Steps 12:13
2 Touch My Heaven 6:09
3 The Unorthodox Dancinglesson 5:23
4 Man of the World 5:59
5 Life Will Kill You 7:02
6 The Way the Waters Are Moving 3:11
7 What If God Is Alone 7:00
8 Paradox Hotel 6:30
9 Blue Planet 9:43

The Sum of No Evil

1 One More Time 13:04
2 Love Is the Only Answer 24:28
3 Trading My Soul 6:25
4 The Sum of No Reason 13:25
5 Flight 999 Brimstone Air 5:00
6 Life in Motion 12:34

Banks Of Eden

1 Numbers 25:20
2 For the Love of Gold 7:30
3 Pandemonium 6:05
4 For Those About to Drown 6:50
5 Rising the Imperial 7:40

Desolation Rose

1 Tower One 13:37
2 Sleeping Bones 4:16
3 Desolation Road 4:00
4 White Tuxedos 6:30
5 The Resurrected Judas 8:24
6 The Silent Masses 6:17
7 Last Carnivore 4:22
8 Dark Fascist Skies 6:05
9 Blood of Eden 3:12
10 Silent Graveyards 2:52

Bonus Disc 1

1 Kite 07:32
2 Buffalo Man 05:28
3 The Flower King (re-recording 1998) 11:46
4 Stardust We Are (re-recording 1998) 08:57
5 Last Exit 09:17
6 Brazilian Woman 04:18
7 Dexter Frank Jr. 02:24
8 Agent Supreme 02:34
9 Space Traveller 13:10

Bonus Disc 2

1 Petit Heritage 02:02
2 A Good Heart 05:21
3 The Crown and The Cross 04:54
4 King of Grief 03:51
5 She Carved Me a Wooden Heart 05:59
6 Space Revolver 07:33
7 Jupiter Backwards 06:25
8 The River 05:43
9 Turn The Stone 05:07
10 Regal Divers 06:01

Bonus Disc 3

1 Illuminati 06:20
2 Fireghosts 05:50
3 Going Up 05:10
4 LoLines 04:40
5 Runaway Train 04:41
6 Interstellar Visitations 08:24
7 Lazy Monkey 02:25
8 Psalm 2013 02:10
9 The Wailing Wall 03:18
10 Badbeats 05:24
11 Burning Spears 03:15
12 The Final Era 02:57

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Progressive Rock Icons David Cross and David Jackson Release “Another Day”

Another Day” (Cherry Red Records) is the title of the new album by two influential progressive rock musicians. David Cross was a member of King Crimson in the 1970s and David Jackson was a member of Van der Graaf Generator.

The album also includes Mick Paul on bass, Craig Blundell on drums and was produced by Jake Jackson.

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Marbin Releases Israeli Jazz

Marbin – Israeli Jazz

Marbin, a jazz-rock band based in Chicago, has a new album titled Israeli Jazz.

The band features the mix of Dani Rabin’s distorted guitar with Danny Markovitch’s soprano saxophone. Both are Israeli musicians and Marbin’s sound incorporates Israeli music elements.

The lineup includes Dani Rabin on guitar, Danny Markovitch on saxophone, Jon Nadelon on bass; and Blake Jiracek on drums.

Marbin is currently touring the United States and Canada:

Mar 24 – Paducah, KY (Festiversary 3! at Paducah Beer Works)
Mar 25 – Chattanooga, TN (JJ’s Bohemia
Mar 26 – Johnson City, TN (Willow Tree)
Mar 27 – Knoxville, TN (Open Chord)
Mar 28 – Asheville, NC (Isis Music Hall)
Mar 29 – Greenville, SC (The Firmament GVL)
Mar 30 – Charlotte, NC (Evening Muse)
Mar 31 – Winston-Salem, NC (Muddy Creek Music Hall)
Apr 01 – Raleigh, NC (The Pour House)
Apr 02 – Richmond, VA (The Camel)
Apr 03 – Virginia Beach, VA (Shaka’s Live)
Apr 04 – Harrisonburg, VA (The Golden Pony)
Apr 05 – Roanoke, VA (5 Points Music Sanctuary)
Apr 06 – Beckley, WV (Melody’s)
Apr 07 – Charleston, WV (Boulevard Tavern)
Apr 08 – Lexington, KY (The Burl)
Apr 12 – Milwaukee, WI (Shank Hall)
Apr 13 – La Crosse, WI (Midwest Music Fest At The Root Note)
Apr 14 – Menasha, WI (The Source Public House)
Apr 15 – Madison, WI (The Frequency)
Apr 20 – Dayton, OH (The Trolley Stop)
Apr 21 – Millvale, PA (Mr. Smalls Funhouse)
Apr 22 – Bridgeport, WV (Mia Margherita Cole Fired Pizzeria)
Apr 23 – College Park, MD (MilkBoy ArtHouse)
Apr 24 – Asbury Park, NJ (The Saint)
Apr 25 – Philadelphia, PA (Milkboy)
Apr 26 – New York, NY (DROM)
Apr 27 – New Haven, CT (Café Nine)
Apr 28 – Boston, MA (Middle East Upstairs)
Apr 29 – Florence, MA (13th Floor Music Lounge)
Apr 30 – New Bedford, MA (Greasy Luck Brewpub)
May 01 – Manchester, NH (Jewel Music)
May 02 – Portland, ME (Empire)
May 03 – Burlington, VT (Nectar’s)
May 04 – Potsdam, NY (Hurley’s Nightclub)
May 05 – Montréal, Canada (Petit Campus)
May 06 – Albany, NY (The Low Beat)
May 07 – Toronto, Canada (Sneaky Dee’s)
May 08 – Syracuse, NY (Funk N’ Waffles)
May 09 – Rochester, NY (Flour City Station)
May 10 – Buffalo, NY (Buffalo Iron Works)
May 11 – Ypsilanti, MI (Ziggy’s)
May 12 – Mishawaka, IN (Martha’s Midway Tavern)
Jun 07 – Northwood, OH (Boonies Roadhouse)
Jun 08 – Wilkes-Barre, PA (River Street Jazz Cafe)
Jun 09 – Stephentown, NY (Disc Jam Music Festival)
Jun 10 – Erie, PA (Basement Transmissions)
Jun 15 – Marion, IL (John Brown’s On The Square)
Jun 16 – Scottsville, KY (Arts on Main)
Jun 22 – Marion, IA (The Famous Mockingbird)
Jun 23 – Omaha, NE (Intents Fest)
Jun 27 – Dubuque, IA (The Lift)
Jun 28 – Lincoln, NE (The Bourbon)
Jun 29 – Manhattan, KS (Arts in the Park)
Jun 30 – Des Moines, IA (Lefty’s)
Juyl 01 – Pomeroy, IA (Byron’s)
Aug 02 – Cleveland, OH (The Bop Stop)
Aug 04 – Zanesville, OH (Weasel Boy Brewing)
Aug 29 – Billings, MT (The Garage at Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company)
Aug 30 – Helena, MT (Lewis and Clark Brewing Company)
Aug 31 – Bozeman, MT (The Filling Station)
Sep 01 – Victor, ID (Knotty Pine)
Sep 03 – Boise, ID (Liquid)
Sep 05 – Salt Lake City, UT (Urban Lounge)
Sep 06 – Grand Junction, CO (Mesa Theatre)
Sep 08 – Denver, CO (The Walnut Room

Spontaneous Progressive Psychedelic Jazz

Vantomme – Vegir (Moonjune, 2018)

Belgian keyboardist Dominique Vantomme has released a fabulous genre-defying album where progressive jazz meets psychedelic rock.

Vegir has a cutting edge sound where analog keyboards (including distorted electric piano) meet the spellbinding psychedelic guitar and effects of Michel Delville, Tony Levin’s remarkable bass and Chapman stick sounds, and the powerful, creative drumming of Maxime Lenssen.

Vegir is an exceptionally good album featuring engaging and instinctive progressive jams that highlight the beauty of electronic keyboards.

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The Jazz Side of Gong

Gong Expresso – Decadence (Gong Expresso, 2017)

Gong Expresso continues the legacy of Pierre Moerlen’s Gong, which was one of the spin offs of the original 1970s progressive band Gong. The major difference here is that Gong Expresso leans much closer to classic jazz than fusion. Canadian guitarist Julien Sandiford is a talented young musician, whose style is closer to Wes Montgomery than fusion guitarists. It’s much laid back and sometimes ventures into smooth jazz.

Veterans Hansford Rowe (USA) and Benoit Moerlen (France) still have the cutting edge drive of Gong with formidable electric bass and vibraphone work, supported by the powerful drums of Francois Causse (France).

It’s good to see yet another incarnation of Gong, who are taking the Gong brand in new directions.

Buy the digital edition of Decadence

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