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Tribute Album Celebrates the Work of the Legendary Jazz Bassist Jaco Pastorius

Gospel For J.F.P. III - Tribute To Jaco Pastorious
Jaco Pastorius would have turned 60 on December 1st. The album Gospel For J.F.P. III – Tribute To Jaco Pastorious celebrates the work of the legendary bassist, who died on September 21, 1987. The tribute includes performances by over 60 of the finest jazz and fusion musicians.

Gospel For J.F.P. III – Tribute To Jaco Pastorious is a modernized viewpoint consisting of bop-induced piano jazz; thrusting, bass-heavy funk; jazz fusion, spiced up with a taste of the Caribbean and South America; and much more.

The album features band mates and colleagues of the legendary electric bass virtuoso and innovator. Among this this list of luminaries are: Alex Acuña, Carles Benavent, Charles Blenzig, Delmar Brown, Hiram Bullock, Kenwood Dennard, Hugo Fattoruso, Michael Gerber, Gil Goldstein, Danny Gottlieb, Billy Hart, Toninho Horta, Bireli Lagrene, Armando Marçal, Marcus Miller, Bob Mintzer, Othello Molineaux, Jorge Pardo, Felix Pastorius (Jaco’s son), John Patitucci, Mike Stern, and many more.

Arti & Mestieri’s First Live In Japan Available Again

Arti & Mestieri - First Live In Japan
Moonjune Records announced that the “First Live In Japan” (2005) album by legendary Italian progressive fusion band Arti & Mestieri is back in stock.

First Live In Japan” is a superb recording by the renowned seven-piece Italian progressive music legends. Arti & Mestieri were pioneers of fusion music in Italy, blending elements of progressive rock with the best of fusion jazz. The band was captured live in Kawasaki /Tokyo, during the Japan tour in June of 2005.

The lengthy 76-minute First Live In Japan is an epic release that features most of the material from their two highly-regarded cult albums, “Tilt” (1974) and “Giro Di Valzer Per Domani” (1975), as well as several more recent compositions.

Driven by the spectacular drumming of Furio Chirico (whose style has been often compared to Billy Cobham) and magnificent analog keyboards of maestro Beppe Crovella, this album abounds with masterful violin passages, sax lines, guitar work, robust bass and engaging vocals.

Gdeva’s post-Krautrock

Gdeva - Kleti Quatro
Gdeva

Kleti Quatro (Musea, 2011)

Russian space rock band Gdeva returns with Kleti Quatro, an album that brings together progressive rock, psychedelia, and electronics. You can hear traces of Pink Floyd, Kraut Rock and the spacier elements of Porcupine Tree.

Gdeva was formed in 2005 in St. Petersburg as an improvisational trio performing instrumental psychedelic music when guitarist Andrei Petrov joined forces with bassist Valery Berestov and drummer Alexander Kravtsov.The debut collection of improvisations, “Bubbles, Bubbles…”, was recorded that same year with vintage musical instruments, and eventually saw the light of day on the Raig label in 2007. One year later, a fourth member was added to the band, and the music style made an abrupt shift from long-drawn-out to more clearly improvised structures.

The musicians themselves call their style “post-Krautrock”. The result of the new line-up was creation of the album “Kleti Quatro“, which was recorded in autumn 2009, and eventually published by the Musea label in the year 2011.

Currently, the band members are engaged in new projects, and Gdeva has become a one-man-project spearheaded by guitarist and band leader Andrei Petrov.

Kleti Quatro is an outstanding space rock album by the musical shifting Gdeva.

Progressive Rock festival OhioProg Adds Glass Hammer and Kinetic Element to 2012 Festival Line-Up

Glass Hammer
In a press release distributed this week, organizers of progressive rock festival OhioProg announced that two leading American bands have been added to the 2012 festival program.

Glass Hammer is an American symphonic-progressive rock band. Multi-instrumentalists Steve Babb and Fred Schendel formed the band in 1992 and will be celebrating their 20th anniversary at OhioProg 2012. The band recently released their 14th studio album Cor Cordium which is a follow-up to last year’s highly acclaimed If. Glass Hammer is deservingly one of the most well-known and highly regarding progressive rock acts over the last 20 years and will be featured as a headliner alongside FM, Nightingale and Arena. They will play ahead of FM on Saturday, September 8, 2012.

Kinetic Element
Kinetic Element hail from Richmond, Virginia and released their debut album Powered by Light in 2009. The band formed as an outlet to perform the solo material of composer and keyboard player Mike Visaggio. The group quickly created their own identity and began playing alongside some of today’s foremost progressive rock acts including Circa and IZZ. Kinetic Element will perform in the first slot on Sunday, September 9, 2012. The Kinetic Element artist page will be updated with audio tracks soon.

OhioProg is set to take place September 7th, 8th & 9th of 2012 at the Canton Palace Theatre in Canton, Ohio. The updated performance schedule now features 15 bands representing 5 countries.

Friday, September 7, 2012 “A Tribute to the Classics” Pre-Show

• 5:00pm – 6:30pm Going for the One perform the music of Yes (USA)
• 7:00pm – 8:30pm Gende’s Giant perform the music of Gentle Giant (USA)
• 9:00pm – 11:00pm Script for a Jester’s Tour perform the music of Marillion and featuring original Marillion drummer Mick Pointer and Nick Barrett of Pendragon (UK)

Saturday, September 8, 2012 “Main Event”

• 11:00am – 12:15pm Orphan Project (USA)
• 1:00pm – 2:30pm Persephone’s Dream (USA)
• 3:30pm – 5:00pm RC2 (Spain)
• 7:00pm – 9:00pm Glass Hammer (USA)
• 10:00pm – 12:00am FM (Canada)

Saturday, September 8, 2012 “After-Party” at The Auricle

• 12:45pm – 1:15am Dag Swanö (Sweden)
• 1:20am – 2:00am Gravity (USA)

Sunday, September 9, 2012 “Main Event”

•11:00am – 12:15pm Kinetic Element (USA)
• 1:00pm – 2:30pm After the Fall (USA)
• 3:30pm – 5:00pm Cryptic Vision (USA)
• 7:00pm – 9:00pm Arena (UK)
• 10:00pm – 12:00am Nightingale (Sweden)

Tickets are available now and until January 2, 2012 for the OhioProg 2012 festival through Kickstarter. It is important to note that if the funding goal is not met the festival will be canceled. All of the ticketing info and additional event info can be found on the ticketing page and on the OhioProg website.

Sweden Prog Fest 2011

Progressive rock festival Sweden Prog Fest 2011 took place yesterday, November 26th, 2011 at Bryggarsalen in Stockholm. The event featured five of Sweden’s finest progressive rock acts: Agents of Mercy, Coste’s Cosmos, Gösta Berlings Saga, Brighteye Brison, and The Kingdom.

Agents of Mercy is the progressive rock/hard rock project of guitarist Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic, Kaipa), singer Nad Sylvan (Unifaun), virtuoso keyboardist Lalle Larsson (Weaveworld, Karmakanic), bassist Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings, Karmakanic) and drummer Walle Wahlgren.

Coste’s Cosmos is one of the new projects of guitarist Coste Apetrea, who started his career in 1972 with legendary progressive group Samla Mammas Manna and later played with the Jukka Tolonen Band.

Brighteye Brison is a band influenced by the classics on the 1970s. The current line-up includes
Linus Kase, Per Hallman, Kristofer Eng, Johan Öijen and Erik Hammarström.

More information at swedenprog.se

German Art Rock Quintet RPWL Working on Concept Album for 2012

RPWL
German quintet RPWL is busy working on a new studio album.”Songwriting is mostly finished, and now we will start with intense studio work. We want to take our time as long as possible for having creative freedom,” said vocalist and producer Yogi Lang.

However, Lang consequently revealed the first secret: “This is going to be the first concept album of
RPWL
.“ The tenth release of RPWL will be out approximately in Spring of 2012.

Utopia Keyboardist Moogy Klingman Dies at 61

Moogy Klingman
American keyboardist Moogy Klingman died in New York City November 15th 2011. Mr. Klingman was best known for his work with musician and producer Todd Rundgren. Mr. Klingman was 61.

Mr. Klingman was the original keyboardist for Todd Rundgren and his progressive rock band Utopia. He played on 10 Todd Rundgren albums, as well as several Utopia albums. Mr. Klingmane co-wrote “You gotta have Friends” with Buzzy Linhart. He also produced and played keyboards for Bette Midler on her “Songs for the New Depression”.

Mr. Klingman played keyboards and produced a record for Bob Dylan titled “Buckets of Rain” – a duet Dylan did with Bette Midler. He was musical director and associate producer, as well as keyboardist on “Music from Free Creek”, an album where he played and recorded with Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Keith Emerson among others. He has also played live for Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Buzzy Linhart and in the 1090s – with members of the Allman Brothers/Gov’t Mule and a summer tour with blues legend, Bo Diddley.

In recent years, Mr. Klingman performed with a jam rock band he cofounded called The Peaceniks.

More information about Mr. Klingman is available at www.moogymusic.com

Legendary Vocalist Jon Anderson to Play Select Concerts in South America

Jon Anderson - Photo by Tami Freed
Progressive rock legend and original Yes vocalist Jon Anderson will be playing a series of exclusive solo concert dates during December of 2011 in South America. Jon Anderson, who has one of the most recognizable voices in rock music, and is best known for his work with progressive rock band Yes, Vangelis and Kitaro, as well as his innovative solo efforts, recently completed a successful tour of the east coast in the United States with fellow Yes member Rick Wakeman.

Jon’s South American solo tour promises to deliver an exciting mixture of material from his prolific solo career, collaborations with Vangelis and classic Yes songs, along with new compositions from his new CD ‘Survival & Other Stories‘.

Jon recently released an epic musical work titled “Open.” The recording is a return to the long-form composition that Jon Anderson is best known for, (“Close To The Edge”, “Gates of Delirium”, “Revealing” and “Awaken”). Open is a 21-minute musical journey; a pioneering effort that weaves intricate melodic and harmonic themes within a classical music framework whilst showcasing Anderson’s iconic vocals and timeless melodies throughout.

Jon Anderson South American 2011 Tour Dates:

12/03/2011 – Floripa Music Hall – Florianopolis, SC, Brazil
12/07/2011 – Teatro Oriente – Providencia, Santiago, Chile
12/09/2011 – Teatro Bourbon Country – Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
12/10/2011 – Bolshoi Pub – Goiania, GO, Brazil
12/13/2011 – Citibank Hall – Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil

Video of the Week: Gentle Giant BBC 1978 – Free Hand

Gentle Giant in the 1970s
This week’s music video is a live performance by Gentle Giant, one of the greatest progressive rock bands of all time.

Gentle Giant was founded in 1970 by the brothers Shulman. Derek was the lead vocalist and played alto sax and bass, Ray sang and played bass & violin, and Phil handled the saxophone and added vocals. The rest of the band included Kerry Minnear, on keyboards, who came straight from the Royal Academy of Music. Gary Green, a musician with a blues background, became the guitarist. Martin Smith was on drums.

Gentle Giant’s use of complex classical chord and time patterns, together with rock, blues, jazz and medieval melodies and themes, set them apart from other progressive rock groups of their time.

Ambient Electronica Master Robert Rich Releases Medicine Box

Robert Rich - Medicine Box
Robert Rich, one of the leading musicians in the area of ambient electronica, has a new CD titled Medicine Box. The album includes great artwork from John Bergin, in bright 3-fold Digipack.

Medicine Box features Cheri Chuang’s wordless crystalline voice on three songs, with traces of Persian inflection. There are deep basslines that hint at dub, while analog synth skitters and chuffs the outlines of a rhythmic grid, propelled forward by pulsing north African drums.

Sustaining guitars bring a psychedelic edge. Cello and reeds echo plaintively in the distance. Rich’s sparse piano adds droplets of modal jazz to this dark tea.

Musicians:

Robert Rich: synths & amp; MOTM, flutes, steel guitars, piano, bass, percussion
Haroun Serang: guitar on 1
Cheri Chuang: voice on 2,6,9
Edo Castro: bass on 3,6,9
Hans Christian: cello on 3,5,7,9
Slim Heilpern: chromatic harmonica, 4

Track listing

1. Alba                 4:16
2. Kaaruwana            6:18
3. Macula               6:27
4. Cornea               5:24
5. Crepescule           6:39
6. Pollen               7:33
7. Callyx               5:58
8. Salamander Quay      7:37
9. Helios               10:42