Norwegian electronic music sound-crafter Erik Wøllo has released his 23rd album, titled Threshold Point.
Wøllo says about the recording, “For me, Threshold Point is a musical idea of an actual transformation: to cross a threshold, going from one form to another… into a change. Unfolding over time, gradually bridging and leading into new states or places. In my music, patterns and evolution are basic elements, always retaining an emotional connection with the melodies and the textures.”
French progressive rock festival Prog’Sud has announced the lineup for the 2018 edition of the festival. The festival will take place May 10-12 at Jas’rod in Les Pennes-Mirabeau, in southern France, not from Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence.
Thursday, May 10
Telescope Road (France)
Friday, May 11
Giorgio “Fico” Piazza Band ex PFM (Italy)
The Watch (Italy)
Paweł Ignatowicz – Here and Now (Mother of Invention Records, 2017)
Here and Now is the new solo album by Paweł Ignatowicz, a Polish guitarist currently living in New York. Paweł Ignatowicz various forms of guitars, including acoustic, electric, guitar syntheziser and electric sitar.
The material on Here and Now consists of melodic, easy to listen jazz instrumentals with smooth jazz and fusion influences plus a little Indian and Latin music as well. The guitar is highlighted throughout the album, creating fascinating sounds, even though Ignatowicz’s stick’s to conventional melodies.
The lineup on Here and Now includes Paweł Ignatowicz on guitars, guitar synth and electric sitar; Julian Shore on piano, keyboards; Edward Perez on bass; Jonathan Singer on tabla; and Ferenc Nemeth on drums.
American electronic music trailblazer Steve Roach will be honored with a Receive Lifetime Achievement Award on May 12, 2018 at the 14th Annual Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) Awards and Concert at Loyola University’s Roussel Hall in New Orleans. Steve Roach’s album Spiral Revelation is also nominated in the ZMR Awards’ “Best Electronic Album” category.
Steve Roach is a forerunner in the evolution of ambient and tribal world music-rooted electronic music. He’s an exceptionally productive synthesist with a discography of over 170 albums. Following his 1982 debut, essential recordings include Structures from Silence, Dreamtime Return and 2017’s Grammy-nominated Spiral Revelation.
The original Fish Out Of Water album by Yes’ bassist Chris Squire was released in 1975. This is the 2018 remastered edition available as a 2-CD set and also as a limited boxed set.
Musically, the album has a strong Yes feel. It features Patrick Moraz, who was Yes’ keyboardist at the time, and the versatile Yes drummer Bill Bruford. It’s a master class in progressive rock bass playing. Chris Squire was one of the finest progressive rock bassists and he delivers outstanding bass lines throughout the album.
In addition to prog rock musicians, Fish Out of Water also features a symphonic orchestra that enriches the album considerably. Chris Squire provided the lead and backing vocals. The backing vocals will sound very familiar to Yes fans. Squire’s lead vocals, on the other side, were more pop-oriented than Jon Anderson’s so there is an interesting clash of influences.
Patrick Moraz delivered an outstanding set of performances on electric organ and synths. The album also features other progressive rock heavy weights: Caravan’s Jimmy Hastings on flute and King Crimson’s Mel Collins on saxophone. Pianist Andrew Pryce Jackman conducted the orchestra. And Barry Rose added a masterful performance on pipe organ.
The instrumental sections, which are numerous, are outstanding. The two CD set includes the original recording a superb new mix by Jakko Jakszyk that brings forward the remarkable bass work.
The deluxe boxed set includes 2CDs, 2DVDs, 1LP and 2×7-inch singles.
Fish Out Of Water showcases the talent of an influential progressive rock musician at his best, focusing on the bass a lead instrument.
Alan Simon – Songwriter (Babaika Productions/The Right Honourable Recording Company, 2017)
Songwriter is a compilation of musical works by French musician and composer Alan Simon now available on as 2 CDs (previously it was available on vinyl only). The anthology includes material from rock operas and other recordings made from 1995 to 2017.
Alan Simon is the creator of the highly successful Excalibur: The Celtic Rock Opera. He’s deeply influenced by Celtic, world and symphonic music, folk and progressive rock as well. Songwriter represents a wide range of genres, from majestic cinematic orchestral pieces to evocative Celtic music, exotic world music and progressive rock elements as well.
The compendium includes guest appearances by well-known artists from various backgrounds: members of Supertramp, Jon Anderson of Yes, Christian Décamps of legendary French progressive rock band Ange, Spanish bagpipe master Carlos Núñez, Midnight Oil, Alan Parsons, Fairport Convention, Moya Brennan, John Wetton, Justin Hayward, Maddy Prior, Billy Preston, Roberto Tiranti, Martin Barre, Les Holroyd, Mick Fleetwood and Zucchero.
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.
Casey Golden Trio – Miniature (Scrampion Records, 2016)
Miniature is the third release by masterful Australian jazz pianist Casey Golden and his trio. It’s an EP featuring a single musical piece divided into four pieces.
The style is hard to define. It’s not exactly straight ahead jazz. Miniature contains jazz improvisation, classical influences and creative arrangements and structured compositions that take the music close to progressive rock.
Throughout the EP, Golden his musical colleagues plenty of opportunities to showcase their talent. The lineup includes Casey Golden on piano, keyboards, music box; Bill Williams on bass; and Ed Rodrigues on drums and percussion. Special Guest on Daniel Walsh on guitar.
Miniature is a fine example of multifaceted jazz piano craftsmanship.
Shuggie Otis, better known for his soulful songs, has a new, largely instrumental fusion album tiled Inter-Fusion. The project displays Otis’ talent as a guitarist, featuring his maroon Gibson SG. The band includes Carmine Appice (of Vanilla Fudge and Beck, Bogert & Appice) on drums and bassist Tony Franklin (of The Firm and Roy Harper). Additionally, keyboardist Kyle Hamood (of local L.A. rockers Them Guns) participates as both a musician and producer of the album.
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
Progressive rock, jazz-rock fusion, ambient electronic music and beyond