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Revisiting other Worlds

Dan Pound – “Return to other Worlds” (Pound Sounds, 2012)

This is the first two CD set released by ambient electronic music artist Dan Pound. This collection features remastered early works by Pound, made between 2004 and 2006, including considered a remastered edition of “Door Beyond Time.”

Dan Pound delivers a mesmerizing set of electronic soundscapes that combine ambient music atmospheres, shamanic tribal beats and world music elements.

“Return to other Worlds” is a fabulous collection of captivating atmospheric electronic music works by one of the finest musicians in the current scene.

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Herbie Hancock Receives The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award

The Recording Academy announced today that Herbie Hancock is one of the honorees of the Lifetime Achievement Award. One of the most influential and idiosyncratic figures in contemporary jazz, Herbie Hancock has been at the forefront almost every development in electronic and acoustic jazz and R&B.

A stylistically diverse and ever-intriguing canon of songs, including “Maiden Voyage” and “Rockit,” has helped earn him 14 GRAMMY Awards during his impressive five-decade-plus professional solo career. Some of his most influential albums include Empyrean Isles (1964), Maiden Voyage (1965), Mwandishi (1970), Crossings (1972), Sextant (1973) and Head Hunters (1973).

Other honorees include Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, and RUN DMC. John Cage, Fred Foster, and Chris Strachwitz are Trustees Award honorees; and EMT and Dr. Harvey Fletcher are Technical GRAMMY Award recipients.

A special ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held in the spring of 2016.

Octopus Remixed

Gentle Giant – Octopus (Alucard, 2015)

Octopus, one of the great progressive rock classics of the 1970s has received the masterful treatment of English musician and producer Steve Wilson. The album, originally released in 1972, reappears with a fabulous new mix. Gentle Giant’s music is rich, complex and very beautiful at the same time. You need to listen to this gem with a really good audio system or high quality headphones to experience the marvelous sound.

Gentle Giant in 1972 was at its peak in creativity. Octopus was the band’s fourth album. You’ll find Gentle giant’s signature sound with madrigal vocal counterpoints, complex rhythms and changing time signatures, captivating instrumental and vocal interplay and call and response techniques, rock, jazz, classical and beyond. It’s one of those albums that you can listen to over and over again and you will continue to discover surprising new details. The lyrics were based on novels and philosophers.

This edition consists of 2 discs. Disk 1 features Steven Wilson’s remix of the original album plus a 16 minute live bonus track from 1976. Disc 2 is a Blu-Ray that contains a flat transfer of the original 1972 mix, and instrumental versions of the 5 stereo remixes, all in high resolution.

Octopus had different covers in Europe and North America. The original Roger Dean cover appears in this edition with an attractive booklet that includes lyrics, credits and photos.

The Gentle Giant lineup in Octopus included Kerry Minnear on keyboards, vibraphone, percussion, cello, Moog synthesizer, lead and backing vocals; Raymond Shulman on bass, violin, guitar, percussion and vocals; Gary Green on guitars and percussion; Derek Shulman on lead vocals and alto saxophone; Philip Shulman on saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, lead and backing vocals; and a new drummer, John Weathers on drums, congas and percussion.

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Splendid Renditions of Classics on Electric Guitar

Sam Coulson – Electric Classical

Rising guitar hero Sam Coulson recreates some of his favorite classical music pieces on Electric Classical, using two Fender Stratocaster guitars.
Electric Classical is an exquisite instrumental recording featuring solo guitar. Thankfully, Sam Coulson delivers a laid back sound that brings the guitar and the music to the forefront.

Coulson uses various captivating techniques, including memorable work on pieces such as the Spanish classical composition “Recuerdos de la Alhambra.”

Electric Classical is a splendid guitar album with a crossover appeal. You’ll find several very familiar melodies along with lesser known material that is just as good.

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Best Progressive Rock Albums of 2015

Progressive Rock Central announces the 20 best progressive rock albums of 2015. The list is an alphabetical order and features artists from across the globe.

Apogee – The Art of Mind (Progressive Promotion Records, 2015)

Argos – A Seasonal Affair (Progressive Promotion Records, 2015

Dewa Budjana – Hasta Karma (Moonjune Records, 2015)

Dwiki Dharmawan – So Far, So Close (MoonJune Records, 2015)

El tubo elástico – El tubo elástico (2015)

Hands – Caviar Bobsled (ShroomAngel Records, 2015)

IZZ – Everlasting Instant (Doone Records, 2015)

Jane Getter Premonition – On (Madfish, 2015)

Juha Kujanpää – Kultasiipi – Goldwing (Eclipse Music, 2015)

Kinetic Element – Travelog (Melodic Revolution Records, 2015)

Magma – Slag Tanz (Jazz Village, 2015)

Nad Sylvan – Courting the Widow (Insideout, 2015)

Ozric Tentacles – Technicians of the Sacred (Madfish, 2015)

Seven Steps to the Green Door – Fetish (Progressive Promotion Records PPRCD030, 2015)

simakDialog – Live at Orion (MoonJune Records MJR068, 2015)

Stefano Agnini and Fabio Zuffanti – La Curva Di Lesmo (AMS Records, 2015)

Steve Rothery – The Ghosts of Pripyat (InsideOut Music CD SRM, 2015)

Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase. (Kscope, 2015)

Yuka & Chronoship – The 3rd Planetary Chronicles (Cherry Red Records, 2015)

Yuri Volodarsky – Without a Word (AFL Music, 2015)

Rising Star of American Progressive Rock

Jane Getter Premonition – On (Madfish, 2015)

Jane Getter Premonition’s latest album, On, is one of the greatest surprises of the year in the progressive rock arena. The versatile guitarist has released a superb album where she brings together state of the art progressive rock with high energy jazz-rock and symphonic rock influences.

On features fabulous performances by Jane Getter and her stellar cast of musicians. After listening to On several times, the album gets better and better. Jane Getter uses a wide range of guitar techniques and styles, presenting dazzling solos, duets and interplay with her colleagues, demonstrating that she is one of the finest players in the current scene.

If the keyboards remind you of Steven Wilson, there is a good reason for that. The keyboardist is Adam Holzman, the musician that appears in Steven Wilson’s most recent (progressive) recordings. He has become one of the most significant keyboard players in the current progressive rock scene, delivering spectacular synth solos, captivating piano and organ work and majestic atmospheres.

The rest of the band includes virtuoso musicians Chad Wackerman on drums and Bryan Beller on bass.

Although Jane Getter provides some of the vocals, On also features one of the best American vocalists, Corey Glover (Living Colour). It’s a delight to listen to original vocals in progressive rock that don’t try to sound like Peter Gabriel or Jon Anderson.

Guests include Theo Travis on woodwinds and Alex Skolnick on guitar.

Jane Getter Premonition’s On is undoubtedly one of the best progressive rock albums of 2015.

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Symphonic Adrenaline

Without a Word is a fascinating album by composer and keyboard maestro Yuri Volodarsky. He brings together cinematic classical music with progressive rock and jazz. The album begins with Americana-flavored symphonic music that has strong connections to the music of Aaron Copeland.

As the album advances, progressive rock gradually steps in. Part of Volodarsky’s symphonic style reminds me a lot of the great British band The Enid. Later on, Yuri Volodarsky shifts to spectacular ELP-style progressive rock. But that’s not all, Volodarsky also delivers soulful blues piano and electric jazz.

Like other keyboard wizards, Yuri Volodarsky uses an arsenal of keyboard instruments, including piano, electric organ and various synthesizers.

The lineup on Without a Word includes Edward Tsiselsky & the ET Symphony Orchestra; Julian Coryell on guitar; Sergei Shanglerov on guitar; Sergei Terentiev on Rhodes piano; Dmitry Ilugdin on piano; John Flannery on bass; Mark Schulman on drums; and Joel Taylor on drums.

Yuri Volodarsky is a multifaceted artist who has worked as an actor, writer, and a director and producer of film, television, and video. His music projects include long form progressive rock pieces, many songs, soundtracks for movies and television series, music videos and jazz compositions.

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French Progressive Band Carpe Diem Releases Circonvolutions

Essential French progressive rock band Carpe Diem has a new album titled Circonvolutions (Musea FGBG 4960). The band’s influences include rock, classical music and jazz.

The current lineup includes Christian Truchi on piano, keyboards, lead vocals; Alain Faraut on drums; George Ferrero on bass, vocals, guitar; Gilbert Abbenanti on guitar and e-bow; Gérald Macia on acoustic and electric guitars, violin; and Claude-Marius David on tenor and soprano saxophone, flute, percussion.

Progressive Rock Supergroup Jane Getter Premonition Announces February Concert Dates in UK

Jane Getter Premonition, a rising progressive rock supergroup has announced two UK shows in support of the recent release On (Madfish). The group is led by guitar wizard Jane Getter, who will be joined by keyboardist Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Steven Wilson), bassist Stuart Hamm (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai); guitarist Randy McStine, and drummer John Mader (Steve Miller, Pat Benatar).

I’m really excited to be bringing my band to the UK!” said Jane Getter. “We will be playing the exciting and hard hitting music from our newly released album, On, along with a few older hits from Three and See Jane Run. Get ready for some intense jams!”

UK concert dates:

Wednesday, February 24 at Manchester Academy 3

Thursday, February 25 at London Borderline

Tickets are available at www.gigsandtours.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

On was recorded at Avatar Studios in New York and includes an outstanding line up of progressive rock, jazz and rock musicians: keyboardist Adam Holzman, bass player Bryan Beller, jazz-rock drummer Chad Wackerman and special guests including vocalist Corey Glover, jazz-metal guitarist Alex Skolnick and British saxophonist, flautist and clarinetist Theo Travis.

Guitarist and composer Jane Getter has performed with many jazz and rock luminaries while acquiring increasing recognition as a bandleader, gifted writer and instrumentalist. Early in her career she toured with legendary jazz/blues organist Brother Jack McDuff. Her composing talents received attention when she won the ASCAP Gershwin Award for Music for Dance or Theatre in the mid 1990’s.

Her debut album, Jane, in 1998 received worldwide critical acclaim and the 2006 follow up, See Jane Run, was released on Alternity Records (home of Allan Holdsworth). In 2012 she released the progressive jazz-rock album, Three. Getter also received widespread exposure playing in the Saturday Night Live Band.

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer Sign Their Progressive Rock Catalog to BMG

Emerson, Lake & Palmer, better known as ELP, one of the seminal bands of the progressive rock era, have signed their catalog to BMG.

The ELP deal includes rights to at least 17 albums by the supergroup, including the trailblazing debut album Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970), Tarkus (1971) and probably their best known album Brain Salad Surgery. It brings together rights previously split between North America and Europe, with BMG now holding rights for the World excluding South East Asia.

BMG promises a significant reissue campaign, with BMG gaining access to the prized ELP archive including original master tapes, demos, alternate versions, radio sessions, videos, rare photos / memorabilia and bootlegs, from the influential musicians.

ELP were formed in 1970 by charismatic keyboard player Keith Emerson (formerly of The Nice), vocalist and guitarist Greg Lake (formerly of King Crimson) and drummer/percussionist Carl Palmer (formerly of Atomic Rooster). The group combined jazz and classical music with rock. By 1974 they were as big as Led Zeppelin as a live draw.