Deluxe Edition of Progressive Rock Classic In The Land Of Grey And Pink

Caravan - In the Land of Grey & Pink
In The Land of Grey and Pink by Caravan, one of the essential albums of the Canterbury-style of progressive rock is now available in a Deluxe Edition. The 3-CD 40th Anniversary collection includes extra tracks and a DVD.

The tracks on the album were remastered by Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree and disc three presents the album in surround sound.

In the Land Of Grey And Pink came out in 1971. Caravan at that time was Richard Sinclair on vocals, bass and guitar; Pye Hastings on guitar, vocals; David Sinclair on keyboards, backing vocals; and Richard Coughlan on drums. Guest musicians on the album were Jimmy Hastings, Paul Beecham and David Grinstead.
Track Listings

Disc: 1

1. Golf Girl
2. Winter Wine
3. Love To Love You (And Tonight Pigs Will Fly)
4. In The Land Of Grey & Pink
5. Nine Feet Underground
6. Frozen Rose (I Don’t Know It’s Name Alias The Word)
7. Love To Love You (And Tonight Pigs Will Fly)
8. Nine Feet Underground (Alternate Stereo Mix)

Disc: 2

1. Aristocracy
2. It Doesn’t Take A Lot
3. Love To Love You (And Tonight Pigs Will Fly)
4. It’s Likely to Have a Name Next Week (Winter Wine Instrumental)
5. Nigel Blows A Tune
6. Group Girl (Golf Girl first version)
7. Love Song Without Flute
8. In The Land Of Grey And Pink
9. Love To Love You
10. Nine Feet Underground
11. Feelin’, Reelin’, Squealin’

Disc: 3

1. Golf Girl
2. Winter Wine
3. Love To Love You (And Tonight Pigs Will Fly)
4. In The Land Of Grey & Pink
5. Nine Feet Underground – Medley
6. Frozen Rose (I Don’t Know It’s Name Alias The Word)
7. Golf Girl
8. Winter Wine

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.

Polymorphic Moraine

Moraine - Metamorphic Rock
Moraine

Metamorphic Rock (Moonjune Records MJR040, 2011)

Metamorphic Rock captures the live performance of the progressive rock jam band Moraine at the 2010 North East Art Rock Festival (NEARfest) in Bethlehem (Pennsylvania). As the title of the album indicates, Moraine plays an ever changing form of rock music infused with elements of progressive rock, avant-garde jazz and improvisation. The sound of the band is unique thanks to a combination of fiery electric guitar, baritone saxophone solos, soaring electric violin and the intense sounds of the NS/Stick, an 8 string extended-range tapping bass designed by Emmett Chapman.

In addition to the vibrant rock and freeform jazz improvisation elements, Moraine also introduces world music elements such as captivating East Asian and Arabic melodies as well as reggae beats.

The band featured on the album includes Dennis Rea on electric guitar; Alicia DeJoie on electric violin, James DeJoie on saxophone, flute, and effects; Kevin Millard on bass; and Stephen Cavit on drums.

Metamorphic Rock presents the live performance of an outstanding group of creative avant-garde musicians who can easily navigate the waters of high energy progressive rock, jazz fusion and exploratory improvised music.

Jon Anderson ‘s Wondrous Open Journey

Jon Anderson - Open
Jon Anderson

Open (Open Music, 2011)

Fans of Yes and its longtime vocalist Jon Anderson should not miss his latest work titled Open. This marvelous 21-minute epic piece brings back the magic that made Yes one of the most cherished progressive rock bands of all time. Open combines dramatic symphonic sounds alongside peaceful vocal passages with messages of peace and love and the fabulous overdubbed vocals that Jon Anderson pioneered and mastered.

Although Jon Anderson has made many solo albums, his masterpiece was Olias of Sunhillow. Open takes his music back to that level of creativity. At a time when the new Yes album is a disappointment for progressive rock fans, Jon Anderson picks up the torch with this gem, demonstrating that he was one of the brains behind the essential Yes sound.

The impressive orchestral work was composed by Anderson’s neighbor and good friend Stefan Podell. “’Forever taken to that place of understanding,’ are the first lyrics of ‘Open’, as though I am always remembering my true musical journey,” says Jon Anderson. “To create this work, I sat with my 19th Century guitar and strummed ideas last spring 2010. Songs just poured out of me that week, and before I knew it I had created a long form musical idea, and with the help of Stefan Podell’s powerful orchestration, we put together what is now ‘Open.’

It has 4 movements all intertwined, and seems to have a life of its own. For those who love this kind of music, I feel so happy to present it as one of many I hope to create over the coming years. My love ‘Janee’ has helped in production with her unique musical observations and her angel voice.”

At this time, Open is only available as a digital download. Hopefully, Jon Anderson will add more gems to incorporate it into a full album.

Open is one of the indispensable progressive rock releases of 2011, demonstrating that Jon Anderson is still one of the great creative forces in the genre.

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.

The New Fusion Universe

Abstract Logix Live! - The New Universe Music Festival 2010
Various Artists

Abstract Logix Live! – The New Universe Music Festival 2010 (Abstract Logix ABL030, 2011)

Some of the best international jazz fusion musicians can be found on The New Universe Music Festival 2010 – 2 CD Set. The recordings were made during the spectacular gathering of virtuoso musicians that took place November 20 and 21, 2010 in Raleigh, North Carolina at The New Universe Music Festival, produced by the Abstract Logix label.

The event brought together several generations of fusion musicians. The impressive line-up included John McLaughlin (guitar); Jimmy Herring (guitar); Wayne Krantz (guitar); Alex Machacek (guitar); Tom Guarna (guitar); Matthew Garrison (bass); Anthony Jackson (bass); Etienne Mbappe (bass); Neal Fountain (bass); Richie Goods (bass); Gary Husband (keys); Scott Kinsey (keys); Matt Slocum (keys); Vince Evans (keys); Jeff Sipe (drums); Mark Mondesir (drums); Gary Husband (drums); Lenny White (drums); Ranjit Barot (drums); Cliff Almond (drums); Arto Tuncboyaciyan (percussion, voice); Zakir Hussain (tabla); and Bala Bhaskar (violin).

Highlights of disc 1 include the superb Indian fusion sounds of drummer Ranjit Barot, accompanied by Wayne Krantz, Bala Bhaskar, Scott Kinsey, Arto Tuncboyaciyan and Matthew Garrison.

Percussion wizard and vocalist Arto Tuncboyaciyan returned with two pieces inspired by the sounds of the late Joe Zawinul. Arto Tuncboyaciyan worked with Zawinul for several years and was a key element in Zawinul’s hybrid sound. In addition, keyboardist Scott Kinsey has picked up the Zawinul torch and treated the audience to state of the art electronic keyboard work combined with jazz and global sounds. Tuncboyaciyan and Kinsey were supported by Matthew Garrison on bass and Ranjit Barot on drums.

Standouts from disc 2 are the pieces by legendary fusion pioneer John McLaughlin and his multinational band. For this occasion, McLaughlin was accompanied by Etienne Mbappe on bass, Gary Husband on keyboards, Mark Mondesir on drums and special guest Zakir Hussain on tabla.

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.

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